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Scotland so close to last eight
 Women's Football Euros News - 30 Jul 2017
Scotland 1 (Weir 41) Spain 0
Scotland went out of the Euro 2017 Finals on a winning note but just one goal short of making it through to the quarter finals.
The match was Anna Signeul's last in charge after 12 years at the helm and it saw them record their first ever victory over Spain.
Six changes had been made to the Scotland line up and they took a little while to settle but defended valiantly under pressure from a Spanish side which once again had the vast majority of possession but could not turn it into goals.
Gemma Fay was called into action early on as she tipped a Silvia Meseguer free kick onto the post but it was after the half hour mark that Spain stepped up the pressure on the Scotland rearguard. Fay was again busy in action, making a superb point blank save from Jennifer Hermoso's header and from the resulting corner, she touched Irene Paredes' header against the post and Rachel Corsie was well placed to block on the line.
Scotland rode out the storm before taking the lead with their first shot of the match. Erin Cuthbert did well to chase down a long ball and challenged Sandra Panos as she came off her line. The ball ran loose to Caroline Weir who took a touch past Panos and drove home a shot which went in via Paredes and a post.
Scotland took their lead into the break and five minutes after the restart, it ought to have been two. This time, Weir was the provider with an inswinging corner from the right which picked out an unmarked Leanne Crichton who volleyed over the bar from four yards out. It was to prove very costly come the end of the match.
The let off stung Spain into life and they pushed Scotland back in search of the goal which looked set to take them through. They were to strike the woodwork for a third time when Silvia Meseguer crashed a shot against the bar from 25 yards but otherwise, Scotland were standing firm with Ifeoma Dieke having her best game of the tournament and Chloe Arthur performing very well in an unfamiliar left back position.
It looked as though Spanish pressure was finally going to tell and Fay made another good save from Alexia Putellas, Maria Paz looping the rebound goalwards but Dieke had managed to get back and head off the line to keep her side in front.
Although refusing to yield as they held on to their lead, Scotland needed another goal in order to make sure of qualification. However they couldn't fashion another chance for themselves and the game ended with the unusual sight of Scotland players sinking to their knees in despair despite recording one of their best ever victories.
Gemma Fay, Frankie Brown, Chloe Arthur, Ifeoma Dieke, Rachel Corsie, Joanne Love (sub Fiona Brown 72mins), Leanne Ross (sub Lana Clelland 45mins), Erin Cuthbert, Caroline Weir, Leanne Crichton, Lisa Evans.
Sandra Panos, Mariona Caldentey (sub Barbara Latorre 79mins), Marta Torrejon, Irene Paredes, Andrea Pereira, Silvia Meseguer, Leila Ouahabi (sub Marta Corredera 56mins), Amanda Sampedro, Vicky Losada, Jennifer Hermoso (sub Maria Paz 45mins), Alexia Putellas.

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