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Second half fightback not enough
 Women's Football News 15 Aug 2009
 
Second half fightback not enough - 15 Aug 2009 - Women's Football NewsDenmark 5 Scotland 2
Scotland restored some pride with two goals in a spirited second half performance in Gladsaxevej.
 
It looked to be a comfortable win for the home side when Maiken Pape added her third and Denmark's fourth within eight minutes of the re-start, but Scotland dragged themselves back into the match with goals from Jane Ross and Kirsty McBride.
 
Denmark sealed the win with a penalty in the dying seconds, but not before Scotland gave them a scare with a confident comeback.
 
For the second time in a week, Scotland were up against a strong side preparing for the finals of the UEFA Women's Championships in Finland later this month.
 
The visitors started brightly, fighting for every ball, but Denmark quickly found their rhythm with Johanna Rasmussen slicing open the Scotland defence with driving runs down the left wing.
 
The warning signs were there early on, with Rachel Corsie halting a Rasmussen run with a well-timed tackle in the second minute, before central defensive partner Ifeoma Dieke was forced to knock another Rasmussen cross out for a corner.
 
The same player was in the thick of it when Denmark broke the deadlock after eight minutes with a cross from the left that was smashed into the net from close range by Pape.
 
It was almost 2-0 soon after when Dieke turned the ball into her own net, but after a deliberation between the officials, the goal was chopped off with the onrushing Danish forward ruled offside
 
Captain Gemma Fay saved a Pape shot with her feet just after the half hour, but the same player bagged her second moments later.
 
The Danes continued to give Scotland a torrid time, however Celtic midfielder Joanne Love had a chance to pull one back when she found herself free in the box, but couldn't get a shot off. Instead it was Denmark who extended their lead as the half drew to a close when Rasmussen turned from provider to scorer with a cheeky lob over Fay.
 
It looked like it would be more of the same in the second half when Pape made it four, but with coach Anna Signeul's instructions to push further up the park ringing in their ears, Scotland began to look more dangerous. McBride was first to have a dig with a long range effort that went just over the bar.
 
Scotland won a corner after a driving run from Dieke, but no one could finish after Danish 'keeper Tine Cederkvist Viskoer punched the inswinging ball into the packed penalty area.
 
Scotland were passing the ball crisply around the midfield and started to make Viskoer work. Leanne Ross' long- ange shot was tipped over the bar, while the goalkeeper had to rush out of her box to clear from the onrushing McBride.
 
It was young Glasgow City striker Jane Ross who scored Scotland's first - and her first Scotland goal - on 78 minutes when she sent a low shot past a hesitant Viskoer.
 
McBride capped an impressive performance with another low shot into the back of the net three minutes later.
 
But the spectacular comeback wasn't to be, and Denmark added a fifth in the final minute of injury time. Fay brought down Naida Nadim on the edge of the box, and although she saved the resulting penalty, Catherine Paaske Sorensen fired in the rebound.
 
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Jennifer Beattie, Ifeoma Dieke, Rachel Corsie, Frankie Brown, Kirsty McBride, Kim Little, Leanne Ross, Joanne Love, Pauline Hamill, Jane Ross. Subs: Joanne Hutchison, Julie Ferguson, Emma Fernon, Rhonda Jones, Amy McDonald, Suzanne Grant, Hollie Thomson.
 
(www.scottishfa.co.uk)

 
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