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Scotland held in first leg
 Women's Football News 20 Oct 2012
 
Scotland 1 (Little pen 26) Spain 1 (Adriana 30)
att: 4,058; at Hampden Park, Glasgow

Scotland drew 1-1 with Spain at Hampden Park in the first leg of their UEFA Women's Euro 2013 play-off. 
 
Anna Signeul's side travel to Spain tomorrow ahead of Wednesday's return leg at the Pabellón de la Ciudad del Fútbol in Madrid on the back of a stirring display in front of 4,058 spectators at the national stadium - a record attendance for a Scotland women's match.
 
It was the visitors who started the match brightly, with Sonia causing the Scotland defence problems on the left wing. Her flighted cross on five minutes was narrowly missed by Jennifer Hermoso as Spain dominated early possession. Hermoso did manage to get on the end of Erika Vazquez's perfectly weighted cross on eleven minutes but her header flew just past Gemma Fay's post.
 
Scotland found their way into the game and created their first chance at goal on 21 minutes. Jane Ross collected a neat pass from Megan Sneddon and jinked inside the Spanish penalty area before unleashing a powerful shot at goal which was beaten away by Ainhoa Tirapu in the Spain goal.
 
Scotland continued to push for the opening goal and their pressure finally paid off. A high corner from Sneddon was met by Jennifer Beattie but her header came back off the woodwork before hitting Vazquez's hand as Spain frantically tried to clear the ball.
 
Swiss referee Staubli pointed to the spot and Kim Little coolly slotted the ball past Tirapu to put Scotland in front with her 25th international goal.
 
Scotland's lead lasted just four minutes though after Sonia found space inside the penalty area before unleashing a low strike which Fay couldn't hold, and Chelsea striker Adriana was first to react to fire home the loose ball.
 
Fay pulled off a superb double save just before half time after Spain were awarded a penalty kick following a handball from Rhonda Jones. The Celtic goalkeeper dived low to her left to stop Adriana's strike and reacted quickly to block the rebound to keep the score level at half time.
 
Spain created the first good chance of the second half on 57 minutes when Sonia's cross found the head of Hermoso but the ball bounced wide of Fay's post.
 
Substitute Emma Mitchell had an effort at goal from just outside the Spanish penalty area but her low shot was well held by Tirapu.
 
Spain created a glorious chance to take the lead when the busy Sonia found Vazquez in space at the back post but her snap shot from close range was well saved by Fay.
 
Sonia was at the heart of every Spain attack and her corner on 77 minutes found Adriana who could only flick her header on to the roof of the Scotland goal.
 
Scotland had a claim for another penalty ten minutes from time as the ball appeared to bounce off the hand of Ruth Garcia inside the Spanish box but Staubli immediately waved play on and both sides had to settle for a draw.
 
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Rhonda Jones, Rachael Small, Joanne Love, Hayley Lauder, Kim Little, Megan Sneddon, Jennifer Beattie, Jane Ross (sub Emma Mitchell 59mins), Rachel Corsie, Lisa Evans (sub Suzanne Grant 83mins). Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Eilish McSorley, Leanne Ross, Emma Fernon, Frankie Brown.

Spain: Ainhoa Tirapu, Melisa, Ruth Garcia, Sonia (sub Mariam Dieguez 90mins), Adriana Martin (sub Willy 83mins), Sandra, Jennifer Hermoso, Silvia Meseguer, Elisabeth Ibarra, Marta Torrejon, Erika Vazquez (sub Deborah Garcia 75mins). Subs not used: Maria Jose Pons, Leire Landa, Veronica Boquete, Nagore Calderon.

 
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