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Japan scores late to tie U.S. in Algarve Cup group play

Japan scores late to tie U.S. in Algarve Cup group play
Japan defender Azusa Iwashimizu (3) and U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd (10) vie for the ball during teir Algarve Cup game on Wednesday in Lagoa, Portugal. (Nuno Veiga / EPA)

PARCHAL, Portugal -- Aya Miyama scored with a 35-yard free kick in the 83rd minute to give Japan a 1-1 draw with defending champion United States on Wednesday in their opening Group B match of the Algarve Cup women's soccer tournament.

Sydney Leroux scored in the 59th minute for the U.S., which extended its unbeaten streak to 43 games since a March 2012 loss to Japan at the Algarve Cup.

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Carli Lloyd put the ball into the net with a volley in only 72 seconds after Leroux's shot hit a defender and bounced to her, but the goal was disallowed because Lloyd was ruled offisde.

Miyama scored with a powerful shot that goalkeeper Hope Solo knocked into an upper corner with a diving parry.

The U.S. plays Sweden and former America coach Pia Sundhage on Friday and closes the first round against Denmark on Monday. Sweden beat Denmark, 2-0, and leads Group B.

In Group A, Germany beat Iceland, 5-0, and China edged Norway ,1-0. In Group C, whose teams cannot reach the final, Portugal beat Austria, 3-2, and North Korea won, 2-1, against Russia.

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