France remains undefeated at the Algarve Cup, will face the US in Wednesday's final



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Gaetane Thiney scored twice, and France advanced to the Algarve Cup final against the United States with a 3-1 victory Monday over Japan at Parchal, Portugal.

Eugenie Le Sommer also scored for Les Bleus (3-0). The United States (2-0-1) advanced to Wednesday's title match with a 0-0 tie with Iceland.

Ranked No. 2 in the world, the U.S. is seeking its 10th Algarve title. Third-ranked France, making its sixth appearance in the 22-year-old tournament, reached the final for the first time.

In a January exhibition, France defeated the United States 2-0 in an exhibition at Lorient.

Defending Algarve champion Germany (2-1) will play Sweden for third place. The Algarve Cup is the last tournament for nine of the 12 participating teams who are headed to the Women's World Cup in June.

The top-ranked Germans defeated No. 8 Brazil 3-1 on Monday. Alexandra Popp, Celia Sasic and Dzsenifer Marozsan scored for Germany as both teams dealt with key injuries.

Germany announced Friday that FIFA Women's Player of the Year Nadine Kessler will have surgery on her left knee, making her availability for the World Cup in Canada uncertain. The Germans also lost right back Luisa Wensing, who broke her right leg in an earlier group stage match.

Brazil forward Debinha injured a knee in a victory over Sweden on Friday and will likely miss the World Cup. Brazil is 1-1-1 at the Algarve.

In other matches on Monday to conclude group play, Denmark (1-1-1) and host Portugal (0-2-1) played to a 2-2 draw, while Norway (1-1-1) and Switzerland (1-1-1) also played to a 2-2 tie. Sweden (2-1) defeated China (0-2-1) 3-0. The placement matches are scheduled for Wednesday.

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