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Second half goals sink Scotland
 Women's Football News 1 Apr 2012
 
France 2 (Dieke og 64, Renard 70) Scotland 0
Scotland put in a battling performance in Le Havre but were undone by two goals in six second half minutes as France cemented their position at the top of Group Four. 
 
Scotland looked solid as they soaked up French pressure throughout the first half, and captain Gemma Fay had arguably one of her best performances in a Scotland shirt as she pulled off a string of impressive saves.
 
Scotland signalled their intentions early on when Jane Ross latched onto a Suzanne Grant cross and rounded goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi, but Wendie Renard somehow made it on to the line to hook the ball away as it flashed across the goal.
 
Strike partners Ross and and Grant were linking well up front. Grant's pace down the right wing was causing France captain Ophelie Meilleroux problems, and Ross showed her strength to skip through tackles as Scotland enjoyed a period of pressure.
 
France were always ready to pounce and began racking up shots on goal. Gaetane Thiney showed terrific pace, but the Scotland defence looked increasingly comfortable as the half went on.
 
Fay looked sharp to punch clear a Camille Abily effort, and pulled off another great save to deny Marie-Laure Delie. Elise Bussaglia and Eugenie Le Sommer also had efforts on goal as France tried to find the breakthrough.
 
Leanne Ross almost opened the scoring in style when a looping effort caught Bouhaddi off guard, but the ball went just wide.
 
Fay pulled off a superb double save to deny substitute Sandrine Soubeyrand and then Thiney as Bruno Bini's side began piling on the pressure.
 
Scotland were defending as a team to keep France at bay, but there was heartbreak just after the hour mark when Ifeoma Dieke got a touch on a ball into the box and sent it into her own net.
 
France wrapped up the three points six minutes later when Renard made it two as she scored with a header from Thiney's corner.
 
Scotland are in action again on Thursday when they take on Republic of Ireland at Tynecastle Stadium in the second match of their UEFA Euro 2013 qualifying double header. 
 
France: Sarah Bouhaddi, Wendie Renard, Sonia Bompastor, Elise Bussaglia (sub Sandrine Soubeyrand 45mins), Ophelie Meilleroux, Louisa Necib (sub Elodie Thomis 65mins), Corine Franco, Marie-Laure Delie, Eugenie Le Sommer (sub Camille Catala 86mins), Camille Abily, Gaetene Thiney. Subs not used: Celine Deville, Sabrina Viguier, Laura Georges, Marina Makanza.

Scotland: Gemma Fay, Rhonda Jones, Rachael Small (sub Emma Fernon 82mins), Ifeoma Dieke, Rachel Corsie, Leanne Ross (sub Lisa Evans 55mins), Joanne Love, Kim Little, Megan Sneddon, Jane Ross, Suzanne Grant (sub Christie Murray 88mins). Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Hayley Lauder, Frankie Brown, Joelle Murray.

(www.scottishfa.co.uk)


 
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