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Defeat agony for Scotland
 Women's Football Euros News - 24 Jul 2017
Scotland 1 (Cuthbert 68) Portugal 2 (Mendes 27, Laite 72)
Scotland's hopes of making it through to the quarter finals hang in the balance after they suffered a second successive defeat in Rotterdam.
Anna Signeul's side were desperate to erase the memory of their opening defeat to England and they began the game well with Lana Clelland, in for the injured Jane Ross, bursting down the left and cutting in to curl a shot just wide of the far post.
Minutes later, Caroline Weir exchanged passes with Rachel Corsie before her shot brought out a full length save from Patricia Morais. The rebound fell kindly for Clelland but with the goal at her mercy, she initially missed her kick before striking it against the post.
It had been a bright start by Scotland but they were stunned on 27 minutes when Portugal took the lead against the run of play. A slip from Lisa Evans resulted in a quick counter attack and Diana Silva's deflected cross from the left ought to have been cleared by Vaila Barsley but instead she miskicked and Carolina Mendes pounced to tuck the loose ball home.
Corsie drove a shot wide from 25 yards but at the other end, the pacey Silva almost got in for a second when her shot was charged down by Barsley. However the goal had dented the Scotland players' confidence and they trailed by one goal at the break.
Portugal began the second half well with Mendes and Tatiana Pinto both shooting wide but the introduction of Erin Cuthbert as a substitute started to give Scotland fresh impetus. Leanne Crichton fired over from distance and Barsley had a shot blocked by Silvia Rebelo before the moment they waited for finally came.
After having been inches away from reaching a Fiona Brown cross a few minutes earlier, Cuthbert received the ball from a throw in and wriggled past two challenges before exchanging passes with Weir and firing a low shot just inside the far post for the equaliser.
Portugal reacted well to conceding though and parity lasted just five minutes. Mendes shot wide when well placed and then Amanda Da Costa's through ball released Ana Leite on goal where she outpaced Barsley before sliding a shot past Gemma Fay to register her first international goal.
Suzane Pires almost made it three but Ifeoma Dieke came to her side's rescue with an important block. Scotland needed to survive a period of pressure but with five minutes left, they had a glorious chance to level the scores again. Cuthbert was again the instigator, finding room before her low cross was deflected into the path of Weir who sidestepped her marker but with the goal at her mercy, she fired against the post.
This was to be the last chance and Portugal successfully negotiated four minutes of injury time to record their first ever Finals victory, while Scotland need to beat Spain in their final game to stand any chance of going through.
Gemma Fay, Kirsty Smith, Rachel McLauchlan (sub Joanne Love 81mins), Ifeoma Dieke, Vaila Barsley, Rachel Corsie, Fiona Brown (sub Hayley Lauder 66mins), Lana Clelland (sub Erin Cuthbert 53mins), Caroline Weir, Leanne Crichton, Lisa Evans.
Patricia Morais, Silvia Rebelo, Claudia Neto, Ana Borges, Tatiana Pinto, Dolores Silva, Carole Costa, Diana Silva (sub Laura Luis 90mins), Vanessa Marques, Carolina Mendes (sub Ana Leite 70mins), Amanda Da Costa (sub Suzane Pires 76mins).

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