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Scotland 0 Norway 4 (Haavi 19, Hegerberg 43, Borge 48, Tonter 80)
Norway proved to be too strong at Firhill as they ran out 4-0 victors in Scotland's final match before Tuesday's European Championship qualifying in Slovenia.
Two goals in either half, including a stunning long range effort from Emilie Bosshard Haavi, was the difference between the two sides at the home of Partick Thistle.
Scotland were without four of their most experienced players for the visit of Roger Finjord's side, with Kim Little and Rachel Corsie rested for Tuesday's match and Ifeoma Dieke and Emma Mitchell missing through injury.
Despite missing that quartet, Scotland started the game strongly. After 11 minutes, fine play from Lisa Evans found Jane Ross. Her through ball found Leanne Crichton, but unfortunately for the Notts County midfielder the ball was just out of reach.
That chance triggered a reaction from the Norwegians, eager to impress Peter Finjord in his first match as national coach. Ada Stolsmo nearly opened the scoring on two occasions; the first prevented by a fine save from Gemma Fay and the second a shot the Lyon striker blazed over the bar.
Norway were not to be denied for much longer, however, as the visitors took the lead on 19 minutes. From 30 yards out, Emilie Bosshard Haavi smashed an effort off the crossbar and in to give Norway the lead.
While the goal was a fine reward for Norway's short spell of dominance, Scotland recovered well. Evans, joining the national team on the back of a fine start to the Frauen-Bundesliga season in Germany, was causing havoc on the right hand side, linking up with Jane Ross. The pair linked up once more to tee up a chance for Christie Murray, but the striker's effort took a wicked deflection and spun just wide of Ingrid Hjelmseth's goal.
The half appeared to be dwindling to a close when Norway doubled their lead through a bullet header from Hegerberg. On the other side of the interval the visitors then made it 3-0, when Nora Holdstad Berge, a team mate of Evans at Bayern Munich, prodded home after a stramash in the Scotland penalty box.
With the pressing matter of European qualifiers for Scotland in Slovenia and Norway in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, both coaches used the second half to ring the changes. Three players who represented Scotland Under-19s last summer in Norway came on, including Hibernian winger Lizzie Arnot who made her international debut.
The substitutes who came on refreshed Scotland's attack in the closing stages, and came close on several occasions to getting a consolation which was the very least Scotland's efforts deserved on a drizzly September evening in the West End of Glasgow. Those surges forward left gaps at the back however, one of which Andrine Tomter exploited to score Norway's fourth of the evening.
The result may have been disappointing for Anna Signeul's side, but the priority for this evening was always to ensure the players had the sufficient mix of game time and rest ahead of Tuesday's match in Slovenia. Despite the scoreline, the match at Firhill provided that.
Scotland: Gemma Fay (sub Shannon Lynn 45mins), Eilish McSorley (sub Heather Richards 82mins), Joanne Love (sub Chloe Arthur 69mins), Hayley Lauder (sub Lizzie Arnot 73mins), Leanne Crichton (sub Caroline Weir 62mins), Lisa Evans, Jane Ross (sub Lana Clelland 82mins), Jennifer Beattie, Christie Murray, Frankie Brown, Kirsty Smith. Subs not used: Ifeoma Dieke, Leanne Ross, Kim Little, Rachel Corsie.
(Report by www.scottishfa.co.uk)
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