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Scotland 1 (L.Ross 6) France 1 (Beattie og 67)
Scotland produced one of their best ever results when they forced France to come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw in the Cyprus Cup.
Leanne Ross put Anna Signeul's side ahead in only the sixth minute and it was over an hour later when an own goal from Jenny Beattie brought a reprieve for the side who are fifth in the FIFA rankings.
Signeul sprang a surprise before kick off with Ifeoma Dieke, who was expected to be on the bench, selected for her first Scotland game since rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament in the 2012 London Olympics. She partnered Beattie in central defence - which meant a change of role for Rachel Corsie, who moved forward into a holding midfield position in a 4-1-4-1 formation.
Camille Abily went close with a low shot for France before Scotland shook the tournament favourites with a well taken goal in the sixth minute.
Kim Little wrongfooted the French defence with a great turn in the area and the ball eventually fell to Lisa Evans on the left. She beat her marker and sent in a low cross which was met by the unmarked Leanne Ross and the Glasgow City midfielder scored easily.
The lead was almost wiped out within two minutes. Abily was again the danger but Gemma Fay made a great stop with her foot to deny the French playmaker. Abily missed another chance in the 19th minute, heading over the bar but although France, as expected, continued to enjoy most of the possession the Scottish goal wasn't seriously threatened again until six minutes before the interval. This time it was a long range shot from Elise Bussaglia which Fay again did well to keep out.
Scotland got behind the French defence just before the interval when Evans released Jane Ross, but the striker's cross was too deep for Little to have any chance of reaching.
New French coach Philippe Bergeroo sent his players out early for the second half but it was Scotland who came closest to adding to their lead through Jane Ross. The striker was isolated as she chased a through ball but held it up brilliantly and then turned between the two central defenders before sending the ball just over the bar in the 57th minute.
France made a triple substitution in an effort to get back into the game and they eventually got back on level terms after 67 minutes. Gaetane Thiney cut the ball back from the byline and the unfortunate Beattie directed the ball past Fay for the equaliser.
Despite France doing most of the pressing, Scotland nearly regained the lead ten minutes from time. Evans sent over a cross from the right and Jane Ross's flashing header went just past the post.
Giant French defender Wendie Renard had the last chance of the game with a downward header from a corner, but it slipped past the post on a memorable night for the Scots.
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Frankie Brown, Ifeoma Dieke (sub Emma Mitchell 74mins), Jennifer Beattie, Hayley Lauder, Rachel Corsie, Leanne Ross, Kim Little, Joanne Love, Lisa Evans, Jane Ross.
(report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)
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