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Norway 3 (Hansen 11,74, Utland 14)>
Scotland 1 (Weir 53)
Norway 3 (Hansen 11,74, Utland 14)
Scotland's year began with a loss against Norway in what was a hard fought match in La Manga.
Two early goals were a setback for Shelley Kerr's side but they grew into the game, hitting the back of the net through a Caroline Weir penalty kick. Norway scored another though to secure a win for the side ranked 13th in the world.
Shannon Lynn started the game following her impressive performance against USA with Frankie Brown also included. AFC Fiorentina star Lana Clelland led the line with Jennifer Beattie donning the captain's armband in Rachel Corsie's absence. The last time the two sides faced each other was this time last year when Scotland lost 3-0.
Fellow FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Norway, started the game promisingly and were two goals to the good with 15 minutes on the clock.
After 11 minutes, a scintillating counter attack allowed Caroline Graham Hansen the chance of a shot in the box and she coolly chipped the ball into the corner of the net.
Immediately from the restart, Norway were close to making it two when Graham Hansen was clear in the box but this time Shannon Lynn did well to make the save.
Three minutes later and Norway scored again when Guro Reiten found the ball in the box following a defence splitting pass from midfield. She squared it to Lisa-Marie Utland who was able to tuck the ball home.
Scotland probed the Norwgians' goal for long periods of the half with the best chance coming shortly after the second goal when Lana Clelland curled an effort goalwards but saw it saved.
As the half progressed, Norway had a number of other efforts but Scotland dealt with their attacks well.
Claire Emslie and Joelle Murray came off the bench at the break with Emslie feeding the ball to Lizzie Arnot with one of her first touches. Arnot then shot towards goal and Caroline Weir hit the net but was adjudged to have strayed offside.
The Manchester City midfielder wasn't to be denied and scored with a penalty after 53 minutes. Leanne Crichton was bundled down in the box and Weir smashed the ball into the net, in off the post.
Caroline Graham Hansen was a stand out for Norway and she made it three when she was clean through on goal and coolly slotted beyond Lynn. Hansen nearly bagged a hat-trick but for the crossbar and then a great save from Lynn.
Scotland now take on Iceland on Monday at 3pm (UK time) in their final match of their training camp in La Manga.
They will then travel to Portugal at the end of February to compete in the Algarve Cup where they will face Iceland and Canada before playing a placing match.
Scotland: Shannon Lynn, Kirsty Smith, Jennifer Beattie (sub Joelle Murray 45mins), Frankie Brown, Hayley Lauder (sub Nicola Docherty 63mins), Leanne Crichton (sub Joanne Love 63mins), Christie Murray (sub Lucy Graham 82mins), Caroline Weir, Fiona Brown (sub Claire Emslie 45mins), Lizzie Arnot (sub Jane Ross 77mins), Lana Clelland. Subs not used: Jenna Fife, Zoe Ness, Abbi Grant, Chloe Arthur, Rachel Harrison, Erin Cuthbert.
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