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England 0 Scotland 2 (Little 26, Beattie 53)
Scotland defeated England 2-0 in the sides' second match in the Cyprus Women's Cup in Nicosia.
Arsenal duo Kim Little and Jennifer Beattie netted the goals to give the Scots a richly deserved victory, their first over the Auld Enemy in more than 30 years.
Both sides made changes from their opening matches less than 48 hours earlier and it was Scotland who settled down quicker, Beattie firing a shot over the bar after dispossessing Laura Bassett.
Beattie was again in action, nodding down a throw for Hayley Lauder who was crowded out by the England defence and Little saw a deflected shot saved by Siobhan Chamberlain.
England responded with a deflected effort from Eniola Aluko but Scotland were quickly back on the attack and, after Chamberlain had tipped an inswinging Little shot over the bar, they took the lead in the 26th minute.
Beattie picked up possession on the edge of the area and a neat back heel set up Little who confidently finished to mark her 50th cap with a goal.
The goal clearly shook England but they gradually began to play their way back into the game and they went close to levelling on the stroke of half time as Sue Smith's cross picked out Jill Scott whose header was denied by a fine point blank save from Shannon Lynn.
Scotland made a strong start to the second half with Chamberlain needing to save from Rachel Corsie, but the England goalkeeper was powerless to prevent them from increasing their lead in the 53rd minute.
Good passing play in midfield between Little and Megan Sneddon culminated with Beattie spreading the ball out to the right for Lauder, who provided an inch perfect cross for Beattie to rise above the England defence and plant a firm header into the back of the net.
England tried to hit back with Aluko bringing out a save from Lynn and Jess Clarke firing a shot over the bar. However, despite much possession, they could not break down a well organised Scotland defence whilst at the other end, Love almost added a third as she drove a shot narrowly over following a Lauder corner.
Scotland closed the game out for one of their best ever results and both teams go into their final group matches on Monday needing a win to stand any chance of reaching the Final. Scotland will take on Italy whilst England face up to Canada.
England: Siobhan Chamberlain, Alex Scott, Rachel Unitt, Laura Bassett, Casey Stoney, Lindsay Johnson, Jess Clarke (sub Dunia Susi 68mins), Fara Williams, Eniola Aluko, Jill Scott, Sue Smith. Subs not used: Faye White, Rachel Yankey, Ellen White, Sophie Bradley, Steph Houghton, Kelly Smith, Karen Bardsley, Anita Asante.
Scotland: Shannon Lynn, Frankie Brown, Emma Fernon, Ifeoma Dieke, Rachel Corsie, Joanne Love, Leanne Ross (sub Christie Murray 70mins), Kim Little, Megan Sneddon, Jennifer Beattie, Hayley Lauder. Subs not used: Gemma Fay, Rhonda Jones, Suzanne Grant, Jane Ross, Joelle Murray, Rachael Small, Rebecca Dempster.
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