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Dutch end Scotland's World Cup dreams
 Women's Football News 30 Oct 2014
 
Holland 2 (Martens 51, Melis 77) Scotland 0
Holland won 4-1 on aggregate

Scotland's World Cup qualification hopes came to an end in Rotterdam as two second half goals completed an aggregate win for Holland and took them through to a play-off final against Italy. 
 
However the result meant more play-offs agony for Anna Signeul's side who faced an uphill task going into the game but were unable to overturn the deficit from the first leg at Tynecastle.
 
There was an early scare for Scotland as Gemma Fay needed to be smartly off her line to deal with a short back pass from Ifeoma Dieke and slid in to prevent Lieke Martens from getting to the ball. The experienced defender came to her side's rescue minutes later though as Manon Melis slipped a fine ball into the path of Danielle Van de Donk who touched the ball past Fay but Dieke was well placed to clear.
 
Scotland were looking bright going forward during the early stages without really troubling the Dutch defence too much and the opportunities were going Holland's way. A long ball over the top caught the Scotland back four out and Vivianne Miedema held off the attentions of Frankie Brown before unleashing a shot which was touched wide by Fay.
 
The best opportunity so far for Scotland came on the half hour when Jennifer Beattie's header forward was chased down by Joanne Love but the midfielder was off balance as she tried to shoot and her effort flew straight at Loes Geurts. Jane Ross was then released on goal by Love's clever flick but Geurts came out to block her shot.
 
A bright end to the first half was followed by a disappointing start to the second, which saw the Dutch take the lead. Van de Donk made a good break down the left before cutting the ball back to the edge of the area where Martens took a touch before driving in a shot and although Fay managed to get a hand to the ball, she couldn't prevent it from finding the corner of the net.
 
Scotland were now forced to push forward and Holland were content to sit back and hit on the break with their pace up front. The next big opportunity fell Scotland's way when, following initial good work on the right by Lisa Evans, her low cross found its way to the edge of the area where Emma Mitchell was brought down by Melis. Kim Little stepped up to take the resulting free kick and elected for a low shot which was held by Geurts.
 
Little again went close moments later when Rachel Corsie's pass released her in the area where her angled shot was saved at the near post by Geurts. The resulting corner flew right across the face of the Dutch goal with no Scottish player on hand to turn the ball home.
 
A Dutch breakaway almost led to a second goal but Miedema miscued her shot wide from Martens' low cross. Fay was again called into action with a fine one handed save from a curling shot by Melis which looked destined for the far corner.
 
Martens was proving to be hard to handle for the Scottish defence and she was inches away from a fortuitous second when a cross from the left struck the face of the bar. Back came Scotland and Corsie had a great chance but her shot lacked power and Geurts saved comfortably. Holland immediately launched the ball forward, inadvertently headed on by Eilish McSorley and Brown miscontrolled, Melis stealing in to take the ball past Dieke and coolly steering her shot beyond Fay for the second goal.
 
Scotland did not give up and kept trying to pull a goal back, Little still looking as dangerous as ever. First, the midfielder shot straight at Geurts from Mitchell's cut back and then she latched onto a superbly weighted through ball from Beattie but again she was denied by a good stop from the Dutch keeper.
 
Corsie lifted a shot over the bar as the game went into injury time but it was not to be for Scotland whose devastated players were left to reflect on another near miss at the final whistle. 
 
Holland: Loes Geurts, Desiree van Lunteren, Stephanie van der Gragt, Mandy van den Berg, Siri Worm, Anouk Dekker, Manon Melis, Sherida Spitse (sub Tessel Middag 84mins), Vivianne Miedema (sub Kirsten van de Ven 89mins), Danielle van de Donk, Lieke Martens. Subs not used: Dyanne Bito, Anouk Hoogendijk, Sari van Veenendaal, Eshly Bakker, Claudia van den Heiligenberg.

Scotland: Gemma Fay, Frankie Brown, Emma Mitchell, Ifeoma Dieke, Jennifer Beattie, Joanne Love (sub Eilish McSorley 66mins), Caroline Weir (sub Kirsty Smith 79mins), Kim Little, Jane Ross, Rachel Corsie, Lisa Evans. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Lizzie Arnot, Megan Sneddon, Leanne Crichton, Christie Murray.


 
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