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Scotland fightback in vain
 Women's Football News 27 Nov 2013
Germany 4 (Meir 9, Sehan 12,35,77) Scotland 2 (Howat 60, Walker 68)
A late fightback from Pauline Hamill's side was not enough to prevent a losing start for Scotland against Germany in their UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship opener in Hinckley. 
A comeback from three down looked possible on their finals debut after a quick-fire double from Kirsty Howat and Alyshia Walker but Germany's Jasmin Sehan sealed her hat-trick five minutes before full-time to secure a 4-2 victory for the all-time record winners of the tournament.
Scotland are next in action against Spain, who play France tonight in the group's other match, on Friday night. With two qualification places for the semi-finals up for grabs, there is still all to play for in England.
Scotland were up against a nation who, with three trophies, provided formidable opposition but the debutants rose to the challenge with a tenacious late effort in Leicestershire. They enjoyed a period of possession from kick off, Walker's shot was blocked by Germany's goalkeeper Vivien Brandt but their quality shone through when Saski Meier broke through Scotland's defence and shot against the post.
The warning shot was not heeded as she opened the scoring shortly after, shooting low into the left hand corner of the net.
Before Scotland could compose themselves they found themselves in deeper trouble. Sehan reacted quickest in the six yard box after a shot from Ricarda Walking was only partially cleared, firing unerringly past Flaherty.
Scotland could have replied straight from the restart, with Walker slaloming her way upfield through a procession of German obstacles only to put her shot inches past a post.
Germany looked to have put the game out of sight when Sehan doubled her tally, rising above Scotland's defence to head home from a dangerous corner kick.
The interval provided much needed respite for Hamill's side, who emerged reinvigorated. Playmaker Erin Cuthbert began to find a foothold in the midfield and after being fouled, Whyte struck the free kick over the bar.
Hayley Sinclair produced a smart save by Brandt from a dipping effort and Scotland were rewarded for their efforts when Howat intercepted a slack pass from Brandt and coolly slotted in.
The comeback was on soon after when Cuthbert played a fine through ball for Walker, who kept her composure to finish past the keeper.
Hopes of a rousing finale were dashed, though, when Germany scored again from a set piece, Sehan completing her hat-trick with a looping header. 
Scotland: Rebecca Flaherty, Courtney Whyte, Sarah Clelland, Georgie Rafferty, Abigail Harrison, Kirsty Howat (sub Chelsea Cornet 72mins), Alyshia Walker, Carla Jackson, Hayley Sinclair, Erin Cuthbert (sub Lia Tweedie 80mins), Chantelle Brown (sub Dana Baird 72mins). Subs not used: Rachel McLauchlan, Sarah Robertson, Laura Hamilton, Carla Boyce.

Germany: Vivien Brandt, Michaela Brandenburg, Lisa Karl, Kim Fellhauer, Nina Ehegotz (sub Melanie Ott 71mins), Saskia Meier (sub Saskia Mattheis 56mins), Laura Widak, Jasmin Sehan, Leonie Stenzel, Ricarda Walkling, Michaela Specht. Subs not used: Miriam Hanemann, Jana Lober, Burcu Ozkanca, Isabella Hartig, Samantha-Josephine Dick.

(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk) 


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