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Scotland claim Brazil scalp
 Women's Football Scotland International News - 13 Apr 2019
 
Scotland 1 (Little 38)
Brazil 0

Scotland's World Cup preparations were boosted in stunning fashion when Shelley Kerr's side toppled footballing giants Brazil.
 
In an incredibly feisty game, Scotland and Brazil shared a host of chances between them but it was the team in blue who came out on top. A Kim Little strike in the first half, finishing off a scintillating run from Lizzie Arnot was was all that it took to secure the win.
 
Shelley Kerr made three changes to the side which drew 1-1 to Chile with Sophie Howard, Leanne Crichton and Claire Emslie restored to the starting line up. Ranked tenth in the world, Brazil came into the game on the back off eight straight defeats against some of the world's top nations.
 
After six minutes, Howard nearly made the perfect return to the Scotland squad for the first time since August, when she hit the crossbar with a header from a corner. Four minutes later Brazil were inches from hitting the back of the net through a rasping drive from Thaisa.
 
Scotland were looking at home against the highly ranked side and Jennifer Beattie went close after 16 minutes when she directed a Kim Little cross narrowly wide of the target.
 
In what was a lively start to the game, Brazil caught Scotland off guard with a setpiece after 20 minutes but Alexander was able to grasp the ball under a lot of pressure. Brazil then hit the post through Letica who latched onto a long ball inside the box.
 
Erin Cuthbert nearly doubled her tally for the week when she shot from just inside the box but failed to gain a good connection and it swerved wide of the post.
 
With 38 minutes on the clock, Scotland took the lead. Lizzie Arnot attacked down the right from Caroline Weir's pass and crossed in to Kim Little who was able to fire home. The goal was deserved following an impressive first 45 minutes for Scotland and they led at the break.
 
The start of the second half was less as frantic as the first with chances few and far between.
 
Scotland remained tight at the back knowing a famous result was on the cards and in the second half, goalkeeper Lee Alexander led her back line well to limit Brazil opportunities.
 
Going forward, Caroline Weir tested Aline with a strike from distance and the midfielder was close to scoring a second at the end following an Arnot assist.
 
Scotland: Lee Alexander, Nicola Docherty, Rachel Corsie, Jennifer Beattie, Sophie Howard (sub Lisa Evans 45mins), Kim Little, Caroline Weir, Leanne Crichton (sub Joanne Love 45mins), Claire Emslie (sub Kirsty Smith 61mins), Erin Cuthbert, Lizzie Arnot. Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Jenna Fife, Jane Ross, Christie Murray, Joelle Murray, Zoe Ness.
 
Brazil: Aline, Letica, Erika, Monica, Tamires, Thaisa, Formiga, Debinha, Marta, Geyse, Andressa Alves. Subs: Barbara, Tayla, Darlene, Poliana, Kathellen, Jucinara, Joyce, Andressinha, Adriana, Raquel, Luana.
 
(www.scottishfa.co.uk)

 

 
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