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Scotland's loss in France
 Women's Football News 13 Aug 2009
 
France 4 Scotland 0
Two goals in either half were enough to sink Scotland in an ultimately disappointing encounter in Chartres.
 
Scotland held firm against an impressive French side for most of the first half before a seemingly offside goal from Elise Bussaglia broke the deadlock.
 
Despite a strong Scotland fightback, the hosts doubled their lead in the dying seconds and second half goals from Candie Herbert and Sandrine Bretigny made it four.
 
France Coach Bruno Bini fielded his strongest side as he finalised preparations for the finals of the UEFA Women's Championships in Finland in later this month.
 
The hosts played some attractive attacking football in an entertaining first half with the pacey duo, Elodie Thomis and Louisa Necib, creating chances. But Scotland's back four comfortably dealt with the threat, with the central defensive pairing of Rachel Corsie and Ifeoma Dieke looking strong.
 
Scotland looked like they were capable of snatching a goal on the break and after 20 minutes, Pauline Hamill was just beaten to a Suzanne Grant cross by French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi.
 
But it was France who took the lead on 36 minutes. With the Scotland defence pushing up the park, Necib clearly appeared to be in an offside position, before crossing for Bussaglia, who fired into the net.
 
Scotland initially seemed rattled but quickly regained their composure as they pressed for the equaliser.
 
Ironically, France's second goal came as Scotland were enjoying their best spell of the match. Hamill's flick on from a Leanne Ross free kick was cleared in the box, before Kim Little hit a speculative strike over the bar. Defender Jennifer Beattie had Scotland's best chance, as her header from a Little corner was knocked wide.
 
However France doubled their lead on the stroke of half time when Thomis pounced on a loose ball to round Gemma Fay in the Scotland goal.
 
The second half was a stop-start affair as both sides made a raft of changes. France extended their lead on 68 minutes, when Herbert pushed the ball into the net from a corner.
 
Scotland came up against some dogged French defenders as they tried to find a way towards goal, with Corsie and Hamill both being crowded out in a packed penalty area.
 
Substitute Rhonda Jones headed just on to the roof of the net from a Hamill corner, but with five minutes of extra time added following the multiple substitutions, Sandrine Bretigny wrapped up the win for the hosts with the final goal.
 
Scotland will be in action again on Friday when they take on Denmark in another friendly.
 
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Jennifer Beattie, Rachel Corsie, Ifeoma Dieke, Julie Ferguson, Amy McDonald, Kim Little, Joanne Love, Leanne Ross, Suzanne Grant, Pauline Hamill. Subs: Joanne Hutchison, Frankie Brown, Emma Fernon, Rhonda Jones, Kirsty McBride, Jane Ross.

(www.scottishfa.co.uk)

 
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