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Faroe Islands 2 (Sevdal 82,83)
Scotland 7 (Corsie 7, Evans 14, L.Ross 20,29, J.Ross 21, Lappin 62, Mulvey 75)
A convincing victory over Faroe Islands in Torshavn sent Scotland to the top of Group Four after the first round of FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 qualifying matches.
The 7-2 win takes Anna Signeul's side above her home nation, Sweden, who defeated Poland 2-0 in Malmo yesterday, on goal difference.
At seven up with eight minutes remaining, Scotland looked to be in total control, but Heidi Sevdal caught the defence napping to pull back two goals inside a minute and take the shine off an otherwise faultless performance.
Scotland were 5-0 up inside 28 minutes, in what proved to be a dream return for Rachel Corsie. The Glasgow City defender opened the scoring in her first competitive international since suffering an ACL injury in the UEFA Women's Euro play-off second leg against Spain 11 months ago.
Lisa Evans, Jane Ross and a double from Leanne Ross gave Scotland an unassailable half time lead, before substitutes Suzanne Lappin and Suzanne Mulvey netted in the second half.
Scotland signalled their intentions from the outset. Inside the first two minutes Leanne Ross got on the end of a Kim Little flick on, but knocked the ball just wide, and Evans had an effort saved by Randi Wardum.
The opener came after just seven minutes. Little sent a perfectly weighted free kick in to a crowded box, and Corsie leapt highest to head in.
Little was at the heart of the action again as she sent a lovely ball in to the box for Leanne Ross, but Wardum showed great reactions to tip her effort over the the bar. Evans then fired an effort straight at Wardum, before she doubled the lead with another header from a crossfield Leanne Ross ball.
Wardum looked sharp to deny Jane Ross from close range, and then almost immediately undid her own good work by tipping a Leanne Ross shot in to her own net to gift Scotland a third goal.
Scotland were looking increasingly menacing, and it was four less than a minute later. Leanne Crichton intercepted a high ball in the middle of the park, and headed down for Jane Ross, who raced in to the box and slotted the ball in to the net.
The home side suffered a blow when Rakul Johannesen appeared to get her studs caught in the artificial surface and was in some distress as she was stretchered off to be replaced by Sigrid Jacobsen with just 22 minutes gone.
Jon Pauli Olsen's side made their first foray in to the Scotland half when their dangerwoman Sevdal released Idunn Magnussen on the right wing, but Jennifer Beattie was able to get to the ball first.
Little, who had been at the heart of the majority of Scotland's good play, almost got on the scoresheet herself when she charged in to the Faroe Islands box from the halfway line, but Wardum blocked her close range effort with her feet.
The fifth goal came with just 28 minutes on the clock. Crichton and Lauder played a one-two in midfield, and Lauder sent the ball in to the box for Leanne Ross to knock in her second of the night.
Scotland could have been further ahead by half time, but Wardum held a Frankie Brown shot from the edge of the box, and Liljan Petersen blocked Rangers midfielder Megan Sneddon's effort.
The home side looked far more compact in the second half, and created their first real chance with almost an hour gone. Sevdal was the provider again, but Magnussen couldn't connect properly with her cross in to the box and the ball pinged away from goal.
Lappin replaced Glasgow City team mate Crichton and made an immediate impact, slotting in a low Evans cross from the right to make it six, after just two minutes on the pitch.
Faroe Islands were beginning to create more chances, and Sevdal had an opportunity to pull one back, but she lifted the ball over the bar from the edge of the box.
The next chance fell to Scotland, and it came from another substitute. Mulvey had also been on the pitch for just two minutes, after replacing Corsie, when she knocked in a close range shot to make it 7-0.
Sneddon cracked the bar with a fizzing long range effort, before Sevdal grabbed two quick consolation goals. She latched on to a slack pass in midfield to out run the Scotland defence and send a low shot past Gemma Fay, and just a minute later she found space on the left wing and sent a high ball in to the net.
She almost grabbed a hat-trick when she raced towards the Scotland goal as the minutes ticked down, but this time her deflected shot was well over the bar.
Faroe Islands: Randi Wardum, Oddrun Danielsen, Rakul Johannesenn (sub Sigrid Jacobsen 22mins), Ansy Sevdal, Malena Josephsen, Olga Kristina Hansen, Sigrun Kristiansen (sub Liv Arge 77mins), Liljan Petersen, Heidi Sevdal, Idunn Magnussen (sub Laila Paetursdóttir 87mins), Bara Klakstein. Subs not used: Bjarta Johansen, Solja Eidisgard, Elin Maria Isaksen, Milja Simonsen.
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Hayley Lauder (sub Emma Mitchell 67mins), Jennifer Beattie, Rachel Corsie (sub Suzanne Mulvey 73mins), Frankie Brown, Lisa Evans, Megan Sneddon, Leanne Crichton (sub Suzanne Lappin 60mins), Leanne Ross, Kim Little, Jane Ross. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Nicola Docherty, Eilish McSorley, Joelle Murray.
(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)
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