MATCH REPORT | The National Team faces 'hardest test yet' against Norway (3-0)

Faro (Portugal) 03 Mar 2017
Antonio D. Muñoz
After an excellent first half, with three goals and total dominion, Spain was left with ten and work restlessly to hold the advantage. After beating the World runners-up, they won against the runner-up European champion

The second game kicked off with strength for the Spanish side in the Algarve Stadium. The pitch where Spain had played in the 2004 EURO under Iñaki Sáez saw Jorge Vilda's team go for their second win. Norway would make a mistake leading the Spanish side ahead. 

After beating the World Cup runner-up, Japan, the Spanish National Team faced the EURO runner-up, Norway, in an excellent performance

Spain did not give up its identity. Their commitment was full and from the get-go they showecd their worth and applied pressure on their oppenent: seeking the rival goal. 

Once again Torrejón had her chance after a long shot and faced the Norwegian goalkeeper in the final stretched of the first half. Her first shot did not make it, but the second went in thanks to Jenni Hermosos picking up the lose cannon and scored in the 38'. With the action in their favour, wind and rain were no issue and Olga was left alone, scoring the third in the 40th. 

The bad news came about in the 43' when, after a foul, the second committed in the match, Mapi León was booked for the second time in a row and had to leave the playing field. Jorge Vilda reacted quickly and changed strategy. 

Spain played with 10 players after Mapi León was sent off with a double booking

After half time, work had to be carried out with one less. The Head Coach spoke from the sidelines asking Spain to defend against a Norwegian side that looked to change 3-0 score. 

Vilda's side wanted to keep hold of the ball and did so circulating, a way of defending the score and beating the Norwegian offense. The rivals were on Spain but despite their physical effort could not make it. 

Spain plays its next match on March 6th against Iceland, third Group B rival in the first stage of the Algarve Cup 2017. 

Line-up: Sandra Paños, Andrea Pereira, Ivana Andrés (Alexandra López), Mapi León, Marta Torrejón, Leila Ouahabi, Alexia Putellas, Virginia Torrecilla (Vicky Losada), Amanda Sampedro (Silvia Meseguer), Olga García (Mariona Caldentey), Jenni Hermoso (Andrea S. Falcón).
Head Coach: Jorge Vilda

Line-up: Fiskerstrand, Tuva Hansen, Thorisdottir (Reinàs), Herregarden, Tomter, Schjeelderup, Sonstevold, Reiten, H. Hansen (Kristine Minde), Caroline Hansen, Jensen.
Head Coach: Martin Sjogren.
1-0 | min. 24 | Maria Thorisdtfir (p.p.)
2-0 | min. 38 | Jenni Hermoso
3-0 | min. 40 | Olga García
Laura Fortunato (ARG), Daiana Milone (ARG), Leslie Vasquez (CHI). Mapi León (18' y 43'), double booking- red card
Algarve Cup Group B second game
Estadio del Algarve (Faro)