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Scotland women 1-0 Brazil women: Kim Little scores winning goal in Spain

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Little strikes as Scotland Women beat Brazil

Scotland enjoyed a morale-boosting win over Brazil in their penultimate warm-up friendly before this summer's Women's World Cup.

Kim Little capped an impressive display with the only goal, stroking home a fizzing cross from Lizzie Arnot.

Brazil, ranked 10th in the world - 10 places above the Scots - twice hit the post in the first half and had a goal harshly disallowed.

But Scotland also created good chances and defended stoutly after the break.

It is only the second time any Scottish team has beaten Brazil at any level, following a success for the men's under-20s at the 2017 Toulon Tournament.

Shelley Kerr's side are now unbeaten in their past four outings and take on Jamaica at Hampden on 28 May before setting off for the finals in France.

Scotland make their World Cup debut against England on 9 June, with Japan and Argentina making up Group D.

A header from Sophie Howard clipped the crossbar and Jennifer Beattie nodded just wide as Scotland started in positive fashion at the Pinatar Arena in Murcia.

However, Brazil were also a threat, with a Thaisa shot whizzing past the post before the South Americans twice struck the frame of the goal.

Monica Alves hit the base of the post from point-blank range after Lee Alexander had made a sprawling save and, soon after, Leticia Santos burst clear to lift a shot over the goalkeeper, only to see it find the outside of the upright.

With seven minutes of a lively first half remaining, Little brought the ball forward in midfield and released Arnot down the right. The Manchester United forward sped to the edge of the box before powering in a low cross for Little to slot in from six yards.

There was a let-off for the Scots after the interval when an incorrect offside call denied the South Americans a close-range leveller from a free-kick.

Brazil, who have now lost nine games on the trot, did most of the pressing thereafter but could not find a way past a resolute Scottish defence, content to sit deep and absorb pressure.

A late counter-attack found Caroline Weir bursting into the penalty area with the chance to double Scotland's lead but her first touch from Arnot's excellent delivery let her down.

On that occasion, goalkeeper Aline Villares Reis was able to smother the danger but Scotland were soon celebrating a famous victory.

Goalscorer Kim Little was a composed presence in central midfield for Scotland
Goalscorer Kim Little was a composed presence in central midfield for Scotland

'Well organised and creating chances' - analysis

Former Scotland international Pauline MacDonald on BBC Alba

The real positive is the number of chances we are creating against good teams. We're good defensively, we're well organised. The combination play tonight was definitely much improved.

Patient approach pays off - reaction

Scotland midfielder Kim Little: "It's a great way to end this camp in Spain. We were calm and composed [for the goal]. Lizzie picked me out perfectly and I just needed to get my right foot on it.

"That's maybe something we didn't do in the first game (Friday's 1-1 draw with Chile). We were more patient and calm on the ball.

"We have a group that's been together for a long time and we have the fitness and tactical ability to compete. It was a good, solid performance to take us into our last game before the World Cup."

Line-ups

Scotland Women

  • 1Alexander
  • 15HowardBooked at 41minsSubstituted forEvansat 45'minutes
  • 4Corsie
  • 5Beattie
  • 3Docherty
  • 23Arnot
  • 10CrichtonSubstituted forLoveat 45'minutesBooked at 51mins
  • 9Weir
  • 18EmslieSubstituted forSmithat 62'minutes
  • 8Little
  • 22CuthbertBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 6Love
  • 11Evans
  • 12Lynn
  • 13Ross
  • 16Murray
  • 17Murray
  • 19Ness
  • 21Fife

Brazil Women

  • 12Villares Reis
  • 2Santos de Oliveira
  • 3Cristiano dos Santos
  • 21Hickmann Alves
  • 6Dias Gomes
  • 5de Moraes Rosa MorenoSubstituted forCavalari Machryat 69'minutes
  • 8Maciel MotaBooked at 56mins
  • 9de Oliveira
  • 7Alves da Silva
  • 10Vieira da Silva
  • 22da Silva FerreiraBooked at 29minsSubstituted forFernandes dos Santosat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1do Monte Barbosa
  • 4Pereira dos Santos
  • 11de Souza Reguera
  • 13Barbosa Medeiros
  • 14Sousa Feitoza
  • 15Soares Paz
  • 16Magalhaes Borini
  • 17Cavalari Machry
  • 18Leal da Silva
  • 19da Silva
  • 20Fernandes dos Santos
  • 23Bertolucci Paixão
Referee:
Petra Pavlikova

Match Stats

Home TeamScotland WomenAway TeamBrazil Women
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home7
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Scotland Women 1, Brazil 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scotland Women 1, Brazil 0.

Foul by Letícia Santos (Brazil).

Nicola Docherty (Scotland Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Érika (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erin Cuthbert (Scotland Women).

Attempt saved. Andressa Alves (Brazil) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Debinha.

Foul by Debinha (Brazil).

Lisa Evans (Scotland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raquel (Brazil).

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

Attempt blocked. Tamires (Brazil) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Kirsty Smith.

Booking

Erin Cuthbert (Scotland Women) is shown the yellow card.

Letícia Santos (Brazil) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Erin Cuthbert (Scotland Women).

Foul by Érika (Brazil).

Jennifer Beattie (Scotland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Joanne Love.

Foul by Letícia Santos (Brazil).

Lisa Evans (Scotland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Caroline Weir (Scotland Women) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert.

Attempt missed. Mônica (Brazil) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Érika following a set piece situation.

Andressa Alves (Brazil) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nicola Docherty (Scotland Women).

Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Jennifer Beattie.

Foul by Raquel (Brazil).

Kim Little (Scotland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Joanne Love.

Attempt blocked. Érika (Brazil) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andressinha with a cross.

Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Kirsty Smith.

Attempt blocked. Tamires (Brazil) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marta.

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Andressinha replaces Thaisa.

Offside, Brazil. Érika tries a through ball, but Marta is caught offside.

Offside, Brazil. Thaisa tries a through ball, but Debinha is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Marta (Brazil) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Formiga.

Substitution

Substitution, Scotland Women. Kirsty Smith replaces Claire Emslie.

Foul by Érika (Brazil).

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

Formiga (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Monday 8th April 2019

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