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Scotland coach Anna Signeul has expressed her delight after her side started their UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying campaign with a comfortable victory in Israel.
Two goals from Kim Little and one apiece from Jane Ross, Jennifer Beattie, Hayley Lauder and an own goal were enough to give Anna's side a 6-1 victory at the Ness Ziona Stadium.
"I am very very pleased with the result and extremely pleased with the way that all the players have conducted themselves not only during the game but throughout the whole trip," said Anna. "All eighteen players have been fantastic. All the players get right behind the other players during the game and that is great for the morale in the squad."
Ahead of the game, Anna Signeul spoke about the difficulty surrounding opening qualifying games and believes that the result is down to the hard work and preparation not only from the players but also from her backroom staff.
"It is always difficult in your opening match. We have never played Israel before and that presented us with a challenge. They were quite a big side and quite a physical side but we coped well with what they threw at us.
"Despite winning 6-1 it wasn't easy. It may look easy on paper but Israel were a very physical and disciplined side. We won comfortably due to how well prepared me were and how hard working and professional the players are and the backroom staff who have played a crucial role in getting the players ready for this game."
Anna also expressed her delight that her players were able to overcome the searing temperatures and dominate the game in the manner that they did. "The conditions made it difficult for us - playing in 30 degrees heat - and playing at twelve o'clock was always going to make the game difficult. We started both halves so so well and the players worked really hard to overcome the conditions today.
"We absolutely dominated the second but also performed really well in the first chance. We had five really good chances in the first half which could really have been goals. In the second half we were fantastic. From the start of the half to the end Israel only had one real chance, which Gemma Fay did fantastic to stop, and the rest of the half was all Scotland."
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