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Scotland 0 France 1 (Marichaud 62)
Scotland bowed out of the UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship after losing 1-0 to France in Chesterfield.
It was a must-win game for Pauline Hamill's side but with Spain beating Germany 4-0 in the group's other match, a victory still wouldn't have been enough as Spain and Germany claimed the two semi final places. France and Scotland finished in third and fourth place respectively.
France, who came into this match off the back of two defeats in the group, looked determined to finish the tournament on a high and captain Julie Marichaud's 62nd minute volley was enough to take them off the bottom of the group.
Rebecca Flaherty, who was outstanding against Spain, continued her form when she beat a shot away from Anissa Lahmari from 18 yards.
It was end-to-end stuff in the opening exchanges. Erin Cuthbert found herself up against the French goalkeeper Mylene Chavas after a lobbed pass from Hayley Sinclair, but she was outmuscled as she bore down on goal.
Cuthbert was at the heart of things again shortly after when she ran in on goal. As she was about to shoot, a sliding tackle from Marichaud put it out for a corner. Abigail Harrison delivered a free kick into the box which fell awkwardly for Cuthbert who shot over the bar.
For large spells of the first half, both teams struggled to create many goal scoring opportunities. Carla Jackson had to make a goal line clearance from a header by Delphine Cascarino as the first half drew to a close.
From the restart, Scotland took the game to France. Alyshia Walker threaded Kirsty Howat through on goal but she was deemed to be offside. At the other end, Courtney Whyte, who has been excellent throughout this tournament, put in a brilliantly timed tackle on Anissa Lahmari to deny her a one-on-one with Flaherty.
Howat, scorer of Scotland's first goal at these finals, made a clever run into the 18-yard box and got onto a pass from Sinclair. She was preparing to shoot from close range when a French defender won the ball.
Walker had Scotland's best chance of the match when she ran onto a long ball and found herself one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but Chavas blocked well from the forward's shot.
In the 62nd minute, a corner fell to Marichaud on the edge of the area and she volleyed in past Flaherty. It was a spectacular effort and one worthy to win any game.
Scotland: Rebecca Flaherty, Courtney Whyte, Sarah Clelland (sub Dana Baird 73mins), Georgie Rafferty, Abigail Harrison, Kirsty Howat, Alyshia Walker, Carla Jackson (sub Rachel McLauchlan 57mins), Hayley Sinclair (sub Chelsea Cornet 74mins), Erin Cuthbert, Chantelle Brown. Subs not used: Laura Hamilton, Sarah Robertson, Lia Tweedie, Carla Boyce.
France: Mylene Chavas, Estelle Cascarino, Julie Marichaud, Elise Legrout, Delphine Cascarino, Clara Mateo, Mathilde Jouanno (sub Perle Morroni 77mins), Soazig Quero, Clemence Martinez (sub Salome Elisor 53mins), Manon Uffren, Anissa Lahman. Subs not used: Elisa Launay, Heloise Mansuy, Ludivine Willems, Laura Condon, Marine Julian.
(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)
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