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Scotland went down to a narrow 2-1 defeat to Denmark in their UEFA Women's Championship qualifying group match at the Viborg Stadium.
Despite coming under early pressure, Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay made a string of excellent saves to keep her side on level terms. In the 28th minute, the Scots took the lead through a 30-yard free kick from Megan Sneddon and they almost doubled the advantage just before half time but Kim Little's shot was saved by Tine Cederkvist.
Denmark levelled the scores five minutes after the restart when Camilla Sand scored from close range and seven minutes later, Merete Pedersen headed in the decisive goal from a Johanna Rasmussen free kick.
Scotland Coach Anna Signeul told www.scottishfa.co.uk after the match: "I am very pleased with the our first half performance with an early goal from Megan Sneddon, we had great hopes. As always with the top teams in the world, scoring first can bring its own pressures, and the Danish team who also played well in the first half unfortunately pressured us. Eventually we couldn't keep up the level of our performance in the second half and we lost two goals.
Signeul also stated that Denmark are one of the best teams in the world at the moment, and have recently beaten two of the world's best teams, Sweden and Germany in the Algarve Cup. "But for Scotland too, our performances of late have been very good, so we have actually raised the bar for ourselves, and what our expectation is of ourselves, while that is disappointing, we must remember the quality of the team we played against today, and not be too hard on ourselves.
"We are disappointed to lose this match but can only learn from it. Our thoughs, preparation and focus must now be toward our next qualifier at the weekend in Portugal."
Signeul will be hoping for a return to her squad of injured captain Julie Fleeting, and with Jennifer Beattie able to travel to Portugal, the Scots should be at full strength again.
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Rhonda Jones, Ifeoma Dieke, Michelle Kerr, Joanne Love, Amanda Burns (sub Joelle Murray 85mins), Kim Little, Megan Sneddon, Pauline Hamill (sub Suzanne Grant 65mins), Leanne Ross, Natalie Ross (sub Stacey Cook 65mins). Subs not used: Joanna Hutcheson, Hayley Cunningham, Julie Ferguson, Amy McDonald.
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