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First half goals sink Scotland
 Women's Football News 17 Jun 2013
 
Germany 3 (Goessling 34, Da Mbabi 44,45) Scotland 0
Two quickfire goals from in-form striker Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi at the end of the first half sealed victory for Europe's top ranked team in Essen.
 
Germany are in the final stages of preparation for this summer's UEFA Women's Euro Finals in Sweden, and Silvia Neid's side began to click as the first half drew to a close.
 
Wolfsburg's Champions League winning midfielder Lena Goessling opened the scoring in the 34th minute, firing into the net with Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay at full stretch.
 
It looked as if Germany would go in at the break with that narrow lead, until Bad Neuenahr striker Da Mbabi struck twice in a minute to stretch the lead.
 
The opening exchanges were entertaining, and evenly matched with Scotland, on the back of a five-match unbeaten run, looking composed. Da Mbabi showed flashes of what was to come when she broke forward inside the first few minutes, but defender Frankie Brown cleared the danger.
 
Fay made her first save when Bianca Schmidt sent a ball into the box, which was easily held by the Scotland captain.
 
Lisa Evans and Jo Love linked up well down the left flank to carve open Scotland's first real chance, but Saskia Bartusiak was lurking in the box to send the ball out for corner.
 
Leanne Ross pulled off a great tackle to deny Dzsenifer Marozsan on the edge of the box as the Frankfurt striker raced clear, before Fay made a superb block to deny Anja Mittag.
 
At the other end, Kim Little had an opportunity when she got on the end of a long Megan Sneddon throw-in. The Arsenal attacking midfielder, playing just off Jane Ross in a 4-4-1-1 formation, turned in the box to create half a yard of space, but her effort was just wide.
 
As Germany pressed forward again, Fay pulled off a save from Annike Krahn. Little was involved in Scotland's next opportunity, when her ball in to the box took a deflection off Bartusiak to fall into the path of Jo Love, but the Glasgow City midfielder collided with goalkeeper Nadine Angerer as both players kept their eyes on the ball.
 
Jennifer Beattie's header grazed the crossbar when she connected with a Little free kick, just before Goessling opened the scoring.
 
Da Mbabi then struck two goals inside a minute to put the game out of sight. She rolled a low shot into the net in the 44th minute, then doubled her own tally on the stroke of half time with a powerful effort from close range.
 
Germany made four changes at the break, while Scotland introduced Eilish McSorley and Emily Thomson.
 
The home side put Scotland under real pressure in the second period, but Anna Signeul's side held firm to prevent the gap widening. Mittag thought she had made it four when she attempted to lob Fay, but the Celtic goalkeeper got a finger on the ball to turn it on to the post.
 
Mittag turned provider when she found Leonie Maier on the edge of the box, but she dragged her effort wide. Fay then pulled off a great save from substitute Svenja Huth as German turned the screw.
 
Scotland had a final half-chance when Caroline Weir, on as a substitute in just her second senior appearance, had a deflected close range effort held by Angerer.
 
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Hayley Lauder (sub Joelle Murray 85mins), Jennifer Beattie, Frankie Brown, Leanne Ross (sub Eilish McSorley 45mins), Joanne Love (sun Caroline Weir 73mins), Megan Sneddon, Leanne Crichton (sub Emily Thomson 45mins), Lisa Evans (sub Emma Mitchell 64mins), Kim Little, Jane Ross (sub Suzanne Malone 89mins). Sub not used: Shannon Lynn.

(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)


 
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