Women's European Championship - Group D
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Women's Euro 2017: Scotland Women 1-2 Portugal Women

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Euro 2017 highlights: Scotland 1-2 Portugal

Defeat by Portugal meant Scotland had to rely on England beating Spain on Sunday to retain their slim hope of advancing from Euro 2017 Group D.

Lana Clelland had squandered a simple chance for Scotland before Carolina Mendes pounced on a Vaila Barsley mistake to score after 27 minutes.

Substitute Erin Cuthbert curled in a cracking equaliser for Scotland.

Ana Leite replied quickly for Portugal, with a Caroline Weir effort that hit the post Scotland's closest response.

The match in Rotterdam was one Anna Signeul's team really had to win to have a good chance of being in the top two teams to progress from the group.

However, England's 2-0 victory over Spain keeps the Scots in it. They must now beat Spain by two goals in their final group game on Thursday and hope that England defeat Portugal, who lost 2-0 in their opening game against Spain.

In such a scenario, Scotland, Spain and Portugal would each have three points but Scotland would go through by dint of their better goal difference among the three tied teams, since the trio's goal difference against England would be discounted.

The top two sides from each group progressing to the quarter-finals.

Erin Cuthbert gave Scotland hope with a well-worked goal in 68 minutes
Erin Cuthbert gave Scotland hope with a well-worked goal after 68 minutes

Portugal, like Scotland, are playing in their first major finals, but they are ranked 38th in the world, 17 places below their opponents and had not beaten the Scots in 23 years.

Scotland head coach Signeul had said before kick-off that her team would play at a high tempo and focus on attacking Francisco Neto's team.

And her players began smartly, with Lisa Evans running at the Portugal defence and drawing a booking in the first minute for Carole Costa when she was hauled down.

Scotland were in control and enjoying the bulk of possession, with full-backs Rachel McLauchlan and Kirsty Smith advancing when the opportunity presented itself, and wide midfielder Fiona Brown threatening down the left wing.

But they spurned the simplest of chances when Weir's curler from the edge of the box was parried by Portugal goalkeeper Patricia Morais and Clelland, somehow, completely missed what ought to have been a tap-in from six yards.

Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay watches on as Ana Leite's shot finds the back of the net for Portugal's second
Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay watches on as Ana Leite's shot finds the back of the net for Portugal's second

Clelland, in the team as a replacement for the injured Jane Ross, immediately spun on to her left and hit the post with her subsequent effort but her pained expression told its own story.

She had another chance to score when Brown's cross was headed in her direction but she used her arm to control the ball and was penalised.

With Scotland in control, the game swung when Portugal scored in their first attack of note.

McLauchlan was unable to match the pace down the left wing of Diana Silva, whose cross was deflected towards Barsley. The Scotland defender miscued her clearance leaving Mendes the straightforward task of slipping the ball past the advancing Gemma Fay.

The goal transformed the Portugal team, orchestrated by their captain Claudia Neto. Suddenly, their passing was more accurate, their touch more assured.

That carried on into the second half, which was nine minutes old when Clelland was replaced by Chelsea midfielder Cuthbert.

Leanne Crichton smashed a drive wide of the target from 25 yards as Scotland pushed for the leveller.

If their previous attempts lacked guile, that could not be said of the equaliser.

Though surrounded by Portuguese players, 19-year-old Cuthbert managed to slide the ball to Weir and run on to the Liverpool midfielder's clever return before curling the ball around Morais.

Rachel Corsie holds her head in despair as Anna Signeul
Rachel Corsie holds her head in despair while head coach Anna Signeul mingles with the players after the defeat at the Sparta Stadion in Rotterdam

Portugal responded bravely, with Silva's searing pace leaving McLauchlan in trouble. Her cutback was met by Mendes who knocked it past Fay's right-hand post.

But they quickly re-established their lead when a simple kick-out from Morais was head-flicked on, cutting through the dark blue defence. Barsley could not match the run by Leite and the Leverkusen striker dispatched the ball past Fay within two minutes of coming on as a substitute.

Scotland fought desperately, knowing that a point was the minimum that would give them a realistic hope of advancing.

Weir cracked a shot off the post and a last-gasp corner gave them hope but, ultimately, they fell to the lowest-ranked team in the tournament.

Line-ups

Scotland Women

  • 1Fay
  • 18McLauchlanSubstituted forLoveat 82'minutes
  • 4Dieke
  • 2Barsley
  • 20Smith
  • 14CorsieBooked at 74mins
  • 11Evans
  • 10Crichton
  • 9Weir
  • 22BrownSubstituted forLauderat 67'minutes
  • 19ClellandSubstituted forCuthbertat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Murray
  • 5Ross
  • 6Love
  • 7Lauder
  • 8Cuthbert
  • 12Lynn
  • 13Ross
  • 15Howard
  • 16Murray
  • 17Brown
  • 21Alexander
  • 23Arthur

Portugal Women

  • 12Sousa Barros MoraisBooked at 86mins
  • 9Marques Borges
  • 4García RebeloBooked at 76mins
  • 15da Silva CostaBooked at 2mins
  • 14Jácome Silva
  • 11Ferreira Pinto
  • 17Marques
  • 19Da CostaSubstituted forLira Piresat 76'minutes
  • 7Pires NetoBooked at 89mins
  • 18Trindade Coruche MendesSubstituted forOliveira Leiteat 70'minutes
  • 16Abreu Sousa SilvaBooked at 47minsSubstituted forRamos Luísat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Marreiros
  • 2Amaral Mendes
  • 3Pega Infante
  • 5Veiga Santiago Fidalgo
  • 6Alexandra Norton
  • 8Ramos Luís
  • 10Oliveira Leite
  • 13Figueira Pinto
  • 20Lira Pires
  • 21Ribeiro Gomes
  • 22Campos Costa
  • 23Antunes
Referee:
Katalin Kulcsár
Attendance:
3,123

Match Stats

Home TeamScotland WomenAway TeamPortugal Women
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Scotland Women 1, Portugal Women 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scotland Women 1, Portugal Women 2.

Patricia Morais (Portugal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachel Corsie (Scotland Women).

Corner, Scotland Women. Conceded by Silvia Rebelo.

Offside, Portugal Women. Ana Leite tries a through ball, but Laura Luís is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Suzane Pires (Portugal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Laura Luís.

Attempt missed. Ana Leite (Portugal Women) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Vanessa Marques.

Attempt missed. Leanne Crichton (Scotland Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kirsty Smith.

Attempt saved. Cláudia Neto (Portugal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dolores Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal Women. Laura Luís replaces Diana Silva.

Cláudia Neto (Portugal Women).

Joanne Love (Scotland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Cláudia Neto (Portugal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cláudia Neto (Portugal Women).

Rachel Corsie (Scotland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Scotland Women. Rachel Corsie tries a through ball, but Erin Cuthbert is caught offside.

Booking

Patricia Morais (Portugal Women) is shown the yellow card.

Caroline Weir (Scotland Women) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt missed. Ana Leite (Portugal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Portugal Women. Conceded by Ifeoma Dieke.

Attempt blocked. Suzane Pires (Portugal Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ana Leite.

Vanessa Marques (Portugal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joanne Love (Scotland Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland Women. Joanne Love replaces Rachel McLauchlan.

Foul by Ana Leite (Portugal Women).

Erin Cuthbert (Scotland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ana Borges (Portugal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kirsty Smith (Scotland Women).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Patricia Morais (Portugal Women) because of an injury.

Booking

Silvia Rebelo (Portugal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Silvia Rebelo (Portugal Women).

Erin Cuthbert (Scotland Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal Women. Suzane Pires replaces Amanda Da Costa.

Booking

Rachel Corsie (Scotland Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Diana Silva (Portugal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachel Corsie (Scotland Women).

Goal!

Goal! Scotland Women 1, Portugal Women 2. Ana Leite (Portugal Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Amanda Da Costa with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Vaila Barsley (Scotland Women) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Caroline Weir following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands Women22002026
2Denmark Women21011103
3Belgium Women21012113
4Norway Women200203-30

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden Women21102024
2Germany Women21102114
3Russia Women210123-13
4Italy Women200224-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria Women21102114
2France Women21102114
3Switzerland Women21012203
4Iceland Women200213-20

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England Women22008086
2Spain Women21012203
3Portugal Women210123-13
4Scotland Women200218-70
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