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At the conclusion of women’s football’s Algarve Mundialito Cup group phase, the United States and Germany had firmly established their 2010 title credentials.

While the Americans overcame Iceland, Norway and defending champions Sweden, their German rivals impressed with a total of 16 goals and none conceded against China, Finland and Denmark.

The two top sides in the world met in the annual competition’s final at the Stadium of the Algarve on Wednesday (after the Algarve Resident went to press) in what should have been an exciting affair. Portugal and Romania finished Group C with the same number of points and goals scored. After lots were drawn, Romania finished first.