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Portugal 2 (Capeta 27, F.Pinto 90)>
Portugal 2 (Capeta 27, F.Pinto 90)
Scotland ended their EURO 2022 Qualification campaign with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Portugal.
A first half goal along with a last gasp strike in injury time produced a scoreline which gave an unfair reflection of a match which Scotland dominated largely, but were ultimately unable to find the back of the net.
In surreal circumstances, Scotland stepped out in Cyprus to face Portugal in what was classified as a home match. The game was due to be played at Easter Road but the venue was changed due to current UK travel restrictions.
It was a special occasion for both Jenna Fife and Sam Kerr who made their first competitive starts for Scotland.
Scotland began brightly and Erin Cuthbert carved out the first goalscoring opportunity but headed over the bar. After 16 minutes, Claire Emslie combined with her strike partner when she curled a cross in the box and Martha Thomas forced the Portugal goalkeeper into a good stop.
Scotland were looking dangerous and moments later, Sam Kerr did well to find Cuthbert in the box who produced a strong shot but once again Patricia Morais was equal to the effort.
Despite their dominance they found themselves behind with nearly half an hour on the clock. Jenna Fife looked to clear the ball upfield but Capeta was sprightly and able to block the kick, the ball rebounding despairingly into the back of Scotland's net.
Scotland went in at the break 1-0 down but were close to levelling on the stroke of half time when a clever flick from Martha Thomas trickled wide of the target.
The second half began quietly but Scotland remained in the ascendancy, dominating possession but found themselves unable to create the number of scoring chances that were presented in the first period.
Scotland pushed hard for an equaliser as the half wore on, with Thomas and Jen Beattie coming closest, but the Portugal defence remained firm.
With three minutes added on, Portugal doubled their lead with a sucker punch after 92 minutes; a rare attack saw Fatima Pinto blast the ball into the back of the net, sealing the victory for the visitors.
The result ends a disappointing campaign for Scotland with all eyes now turning to the World Cup Qualifying draw at the end of April ahead of the campaign beginning in September. Prior to that there is an international window in June.
Scotland: Jenna Fife, Lisa Evans, Emma Mitchell, Rachel Corsie, Jennifer Beattie, Samantha Kerr (sub Kirsty Hanson 74mins), Lucy Graham, Caroline Weir, Claire Emslie, Martha Thomas, Erin Cuthbert. Subs not used: Lee Alexander, Megan Cunningham, Rachel McLauchlan, Rachael Boyle, Zoe Ness, Jane Ross, Lisa Robertson, Sophie Howard, Natalie Ross, Nicola Docherty, Lizzie Arnot.
Portugal: Patricia Morais, Ana Borges, Joana Marchao, Silvia Rebelo, Carole Costa, Dolores Silva, Fatima Pinto, Andreia Norton (sub Andreia Jacinto 76mins), Ana Capeta (sub Diana Silva 55mins), Jessica Silva (sub Telma Encarnacao 90mins), Vanessa Marques (sub Tatiana Pinton 45mins). Subs not used: Ines Pereira, Rute Costa, Monica Mendes, Alicia Correia, Claudia Neto, Carolina Mendes, Diana Gomes, Catarina Amado.
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