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Draw keeps Scotland hopes alive
 Women's Football News 30 Nov 2013
Scotland 0 Spain 0
Scotland remain in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals of the UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship in England after claiming a hard fought draw against Spain in Burton. 
With France losing 4-0 to Germany in the group's other match, second place is still a possibility for Pauline Hamill's debutants should they beat France on Monday.
Spain are two-time winners of this competition but for large spells of this match it looked like Scotland were the more experienced side as they played with heart and skill.
Spain, as is their hallmark trait, enjoyed a majority of the possession in the opening exchanges. Andrea Sanchez troubled Rebecca Flaherty with a low strike but the Buchan Ladies goalkeeper got down well to save.
At the other end Alyshia Walker, scorer of one of Scotland's goals against Germany on Tuesday, burst through the Spanish defence and shot wide after a speedy counter attack. It was the result of controlled and well organised defending.
Flaherty pulled off a fantastic save when she blocked a shot from point blank range by Nahikari Garcia and cleared it to safety.
As the first half drew to a close Flaherty was called into action again when Patricia Guijarro shot from 18 yards, but the Aberdeenshire girl tipped wide.
Garcia produced the first piece of attacking play in the second half with a fine weaving run past three defenders, but a last ditch interception from Courtney Whyte prevented her shooting on goal.
Flaherty produced an acrobatic save when she tipped over from a header by Silvia Merida.
Scotland could have taken the lead after sublime build-up play between Walker, Kirsty Howat and Erin Cuthbert opened up the Spanish defence, but Cuthbert's placed effort hit the post.
It was then Spain's turn to miss a clear goal scoring opportunity when Guijarro headed over the bar from five yards.
Cuthbert, one of Scotland's most technically gifted players, fashioned a chance for herself with a chest down and volley which was saved by Del Toro. Carla Jackson also troubled Del Toro moments later when she bore down on goal and shot but it was blocked well by the Spanish keeper. Cuthbert fired a shot from long range which went a yard past the post.
Flaherty produced a reaction save from a shot from Garcia minutes before the end to keep Scotland's hopes alive in the tournament.
Scotland: Rebecca Flaherty, Courtney Whyte, Sarah Clelland, Georgie Rafferty, Lia Tweedie (sub Chelsea Cornet 58mins), Abigail Harrison, Sarah Robertson (sub Kirsty Howat 58mins), Hayley Sinclair (sub Dana Baird 65mins), Erin Cuthbert, Alyshia Walker, Carla Jackson. Subs not used: Laura Hamilton, Rachel McLauchlan, Chantelle Brown, Carla Boyce.

Spain: Elena Del Toro, Nuria Garrote, Beatriz Beltran, Silvia Merida (sub Rocio Galvez 80mins), Aitana Bonmati (sub Maite Oroz 62mins), Pilar Garrote (sub Laura Dominguez 74mins), Nahikari Garcia, Mireya Garcia Boa, Patricia Guijarro, Andrea Sanchez, Querait Gomez. Subs not used: Carmen Menayo, Laura Ortega, Cintia Montagut.

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