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Scotland narrowly lose out to Sweden
 Women's Football Scotland International News - 16 Jun 2017
 
Sweden 1 Scotland 0
Up against the sixth best team in the world, Scotland put in an impressive defensive performance against Sweden but ultimately lost 1-0.
 
Shots on the Swedish goal were a rarity but at the other end Gemma Fay and her defence were kept busy and they put in countless blocks, tackles and saves, keeping the Swedes at bay.
 
It took until the 83rd minute for Sweden to break the deadlock in a performance that will give Anna Signeul hope that her team can deal with the best nations ahead of the Euro 2017 opener against England on 19th July.
 
Sweden started the brighter and had an early chance with a header bouncing inches wide of Gemma Fay's goal.
 
The Scotland goalkeeper, who made her 199th appearance for her country, was busy in the first twenty minutes, having to guide her defence through an onslaught and palm away a number of crosses and shots.
 
For the second game in a row, Vaila Barsley was a standout in the heart of the Scottish defence, snuffing out constant attacks, using her height to nod away any signs of danger.
 
Frankie Brown proved to be Scotland's saviour after 43 minutes when a shot looked destined for the back of the net amidst a stramash but the right back stood firm and provided a crucial block.
 
Scotland put in a gargantuan defensive effort throughout the 90 minutes under constant pressure and Lisa Evans put her body on the line to clear away a goalbound shot after 73 minutes.
 
Two minutes later, Sweden hit the crossbar but Scotland managed to promptly clear the rebound.
 
The visitors' resistance was finally broken after 83 minutes when a Hanna Glas cross ball was met the head of Caroline Seger who powered the ball beyond Gemma Fay to seal the win.
 
Anna Signeul told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "It was a shame we couldn't hold on for the whole game but the players did themselves proud with their efforts.
 
"We knew we were going to have to defend for long periods as we've had problems against Sweden previously.
 
"We stood up physically and although we didn't have much attacking pressure, the players put their bodies on the line to prevent the ball hitting the back of the net.
 
"It was a great team effort and it gives us a lot of hope going into the Euros that we can hold our own against the top teams.
 
"We've still got plenty to improve on but we can be proud of how we performed."
 
Scotland's final match before their Euro 2017 opener against England is on Friday 7th July against Republic of Ireland at Stark's Park, kick off 7pm.
 
Scotland; Gemma Fay, Frankie Brown, Joelle Murray (sub Sophie Howard 60mins), Vaila Barsley, Hayley Lauder, Rachel Corsie (sub Joanne Love 45mins), Lisa Evans, Leanne Crichton, Caroline Weir, Fiona Brown (sub Chloe Arthur 82mins), Jane Ross. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Megan Alexander, Rachel McLauchlan, Ifeoma Dieke, Leanne Ross, Christie Murray, Erin Cuthbert, Lana Clelland, Kirsty Smith.
 
(www.scottishfa.co.uk)

 

 
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