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Colin Moffat

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    That's enough from me. Thanks for your company on what was a disappointing evening for Scotland.

    Yet more play-off heartache. The Euro 2009 and 2013 defeats were hard to take but there can be no question the Dutch deserved to progress this time.

    We'll be back tomorrow with Motherwell v St Johnstone in the Premiership. Make sure you join us.

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    Anna Signuel was very emotional at the start of her interview and many of the Scottish players were in tears as they lay slumped on the turf at full-time.

    They will need to pick themselves up and go again for Euro 2017.

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    There will be 24 teams gathering in Canada next year for what will be the seventh Women's World Cup. It began as a 12-team tournament in 1991, while the last four competitions have featured 16 teams. Japan are the defending champions.

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    Scotland head coach Anna Signuel

    "We really believed before we went into this game. We had chances but we couldn't take them.

    "Holland are a very good team and they have been on this level for many years.

    "We just need to continue to work hard because we are getting closer and closer but we are vulnerable when we have so few players to choose from.

    "It's been a fantastic campaign and it's just disappointing that we could not go on."

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    Former Scotland international Shelley Kerr on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Over the two legs, we didn't look sharp and that's not like us. We need to learn to play under pressure at the highest level."

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    Former Scotland international Shelley Kerr on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We were getting crosses into the box but the timing of runs was off and there wasn't enough support. It just didn't look like we were going to score."


    Netherlands 2-0 Scotland

    It's all over for Scotland, while the Dutch go on to face Italy for a place at next year's World Cup in Canada.

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    We're into stoppage-time now as Scotland's Rachel Corsie lifts a shot over the crossbar from 18 yards.

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    Dutch keeper Loes Geurts has been solid all night and she gets a sore one from a team-mate for her troubles as she smothers a low cross under pressure from Jane Ross.

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    Vivianne Miedema outmuscles Kirsty Smith to thunder in from the right and Scotland keeper Gemma Fay stands tall at her near post to push away a fierce shot.

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    Kim Little darts away from the home defence and gets a toe to a Lisa Evans threaded pass but keeper Loes Geurts is off her line smartly and makes a solid diving stop.

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    Ifeoma Dieke

    Ifeoma Dieke's 100th cap appears destined to end in disappointment as we enter the last five minutes.

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    Scotland are throwing bodies forward now as the ball breaks to Kim Little on the edge of the penalty area. She gets a shot away but it's straight at the keeper. It's been that sort of night for the playmaker.


    Hibs defender Kirsty Smith is on for Caroline Weir. Scotland really need to go for it now. The visitors need three goals in the last 10 minutes.

  15. GOAL

    Netherlands 2-0 Scotland (Melis)

    Less than a minute after Jane Ross scuffs a shot in the Dutch penalty area, the home side double their lead. Ifeoma Dieke and Frankie Fantom-Brown get in a muddle and star player Manon Melis is left with a clear run at goal and she conjures up a cool finish.


    Goalscorer Lieke Martens clips a cross over from the left and Scotland keeper Gemma Fay is scrambling as the ball drifts against the crossbar.

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    Now the Dutch are turning up the heat and Scotland are hemmed into their own half again, defending desperately when they really need to be up at the other end of the park.


    Scotland keeper Gemma Fay is at full-stretch to tip away a curling strike from Manon Melis as the winger cuts in from the right and lets fly with her left foot.

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    A let-off for Scotland as Vivianne Miedema slices a shot wide from 15 yards. I'm not sure there would be any way back from 2-0 down.


    Jo Love makes way, with Glasgow City team-mate Eilish McSorley her replacement. There is also a tactical reshuffle, with big defender Jenny Beattie moving up front.

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    Scotland up the pressure as Kim Little cuts in from the left and has a dig, with Loes Geurts making the stop at her near post.

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    Emma Mitchell is pushed on the edge of the penalty box and Kim Little lines up the free-kick. The Seattle Reign playmaker ploughs a low strike past the defensive wall but keeper Loes Geurts is down swiftly to smother.

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    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont in Rotterdam

    "As disappointing as the loss of that excellent Dutch goal is, Scotland knew before the match that they needed to score at least twice to progress and that hasn't changed. Nonetheless, with under half-an-hour to play, the chances of World Cup qualification are beginning to look more remote."

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    The home side are packing players in their own half and inviting Scotland to break them down, knowing they can release wingers Manon Melis and Lieke Martens when they win possession.

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    Kim Little pops up at the other end of the pitch, stealing in behind the Dutch back four, but she can't kill a difficult ball over her shoulder.

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    The Scottish defence is looking a bit ragged now as Vivianne Miedema runs on to a lofted pass but Kim Little shows great awareness to track back and make a vital tackle near the penalty spot.

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    It's not quite panic stations for Scotland yet. The visitors still need two goals, only now it will mean extra-time if they can find them while not conceding any more.

  28. GOAL

    Netherlands 1-0 Scotland (Martens)

    Danielle van de Donk is given acres of room on the left and cuts in to set up Lieke Martens, who hammers in a wonderful shot from the edge of the penalty box.

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    It looks like Scotland's star player Kim Little has been given a new role higher up the pitch. Can she unlock the Dutch defence?

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    Scotland's women have never qualified for a major tournament, losing in the Euro 2009 and 2013 play-offs. The Dutch made it through to both of those tournaments but have never been to a World Cup.

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    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont in Rotterdam

    "Both sides will probably feel they could be ahead on the night, with the home team probably creating more scoring opportunities and on the whole looking more dangerous. But, Scotland have had a lot of possession and looked capable of threatening the Dutch at times too. You feel they need an early goal in this second half though."

  32. KICK-OFF

    The second half is up and running. No changes in personnel...

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    BBC Scotland co-commentator Craig Paterson

    "Scotland missed two good chances in the first half and when you are on top you need to take your chances. So far, they have fluffed their lines. The finishing needs to be more clinical."

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    Scotland striker Jane Ross

    Scotland need a chance or two to fall the way of Jane Ross after the interval. The striker, who plays with Vittsjo in Sweden, has 13 goals for the campaign.

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    Former Scotland international Shelley Kerr on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We need to be a bit more creative from set-plays, we need to mix it up. We have a lot of talented players and shouldn't be relying on Kim Little to make things happen."

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    There have been a few promising opening for Scotland but the visitors could maybe do with greater numbers in the final third.

    Anna Signuel's side have been much improved from the first leg but the Dutch have the game's most dangerous player in speedy winger Manon Melis, who is creating havoc down the right flank.


    Netherlands 0-0 Scotland

    The mission remains the same. Scotland must overcome the 2-1 first-leg deficit to reach the World Cup play-off final.

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    A moment of madness from vastly experienced Scotland skipper Gemma Fay as she takes a fresh air swipe at yet another cross from Manon Melis when a simple catch looked her best bet. Mercifully, there are no orange shirts close enough to profit.

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    Another fizzing cross from Manon Melis causes problems for Scotland but the good news is that none of the home players can keep up with the winger either...

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    Craig Anderson on Twitter: "Watching the women's WC qualifier. Scotland playing pretty well so far but some of their decision making is letting them down."

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    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont in Rotterdam

    "Scotland are on top right now but they haven't been clinical enough. They're pressing the hosts high up the park and forcing errors from the home side and you sense a Scotland goal now would sow seeds of doubt in Dutch minds."

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    Scotland continue to press but are leaving a few gaps at the back. The Dutch break from defending a corner and it needs a good sliding tackle from Frankie Fantom-Brown to halt the run of Lieke Martens.

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    This is much better from Scotland as a cute back-heel from Jo Love finds Jane Ross haring into the penalty box from the left but the striker cannot beat Loes Geurts from a tight angle.

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    Great chance for Scotland! Jenny Beattie's header sends Jo Love speeding forward but the Glasgow City midfielder shoots straight at keeper Loes Geurts, with Lisa Evans screaming for a pass in a promising position.

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    BBC Sportsound co-commentator Craig Paterson

    "There was a horrible moment with the pass-back but other than that Ifeoma Dieke has been terrific."

    The defender has been kept pretty busy on the evening of her 100th cap. But Scotland are holding firm...

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    Netherlands skipper Mandy van den Berg lofts a long ball over the top of the Scottish defence and striker Vivianne Miedema is on to it in a flash, getting a quick shot away and it needs a touch wide from keeper Gemma Fay at her near post.

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    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont in Rotterdam

    "It's been a fairly promising start by Scotland, with one or two good openings created, but as yet nothing for Loes Geurts to deal with in the Dutch goal. At the other end the home side look capable of adding to their two goals from the home leg, so there's a real balancing act to perform for the Scots in not committing to so much to attack that they leave themselves vulnerable at the back."

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    Once more Manon Melis shows her markers a clean pair of heels as the Netherlands winger skids a dangerous cross into the penalty box. On this occasion, everyone misses her delivery.

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    Scotland's Kim Little

    Kim Little is playing in the 'Pirlo pivot' tonight, collecting the ball from her back four and looking for chinks in the home side to set up Scotland attacks. She's been pretty quiet so far...

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    Scotland are on the ropes here as Manon Melis creates yet more havoc with a run and cross into the six yard box and it needs another good clearance from Ifeoma Dieke.

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    A sloppy back-pass from Ifeoma Dieke has Lieke Martens scampering into the penalty box but Scotland keeper Gemma Fay comes to the rescue, sliding out to make a vital clearance.

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    Jo Love does well to win the ball from Sherida Spitse and it breaks for Lisa Evans some 25 yards out but the midfielder skews a hurried shot well wide of target.

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    The Scots will need to keep close tabs on Bayern Munich's highly-rated striker Vivianne Miedima.

    But Scotland have their own goal machine in Jane Ross. Both players found the net 13 times in group qualifying, making them joint top-scorers with England's Eniola Aluko and France's Gaëtane Thiney.

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    Manon Melis was a real stand-out in the first leg, with her searing pace down the right flank and it already looks like a busy night for Scotland left-back Emma Mitchell.

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    The Dutch look very comfortable in possession and Ifeoma Dieke has to make a good headed clearance in front of her own goal from a Manon Melis cross.

  56. KICK-OFF

    And we're off!

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    BBC Scotland's Tom English was at the first leg at Tynecastle and he wasn't all that impressed by the home side. "A bit of controlled anger wouldn't go amiss," was his verdict. Will the visitors be fired up for this one? Surely...

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    It's national anthem time in Rotterdam, with a decent crowd inside the Het Kasteel stadium.

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    Shelley Kerr, former Scotland international, on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We need our best player on the ball and I think it's a good move playing Kim Little a bit deeper."

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    Scotland captain Gemma Fay

    "We absolutely believe we can do it. "It's not about optimism, it's about a belief within yourself, a belief in your team-mates and a belief in what we're doing here. We have that in abundance.

    "Nobody says this road's an easy one. It's the most difficult continent to qualify for a World Cup from.

    "It's been a long campaign so far, but we want this campaign to go on for that wee bit longer."

    The Celtic goalkeeper was talking to BBC Scotland yesterday...

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    TON UP

    Experienced defender Ifeoma Dieke is making her 100th appearance for Scotland tonight.

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    The Scots were rather brushed aside in the first half at Tynecastle, falling behind to goals from Lieke Martens then Manon Melis. The second 45 minutes was better and Kim Little reduced the deficit from the penalty spot.

    Scotland can also take heart from recent results against tonight's opposition, with a hat-trick from Lisa Evans and a Jenny Beattie goal earning a 4-3 victory at the Cyprus Cup in March.

    That was the third win in a row over the Dutch at the tournament, with 1-0 and 2-1 successes coming in the previous years.

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    Scotland warming up

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont tweets this rather blurry images of the Scots warming up in Rotterdam.

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    There are two changes for Scotland, with the injured Hayley Lauder and Leanne Crighton dropping out, with Arsenal duo Emma Mitchell and Caroline Weir their replacements.

    The home side are unchanged from Saturday.

  65. LINE-UPS

    Netherlands: Geurts, Van Lunteren, Van der Gragt, Van den Berg, Worm, Dekker, Van de Donk, Spitse, Melis, Miedema, Martens

    Scotland: Fay, Mitchell, Beattie, Dieke, Fantom-Brown, Corsie, Little, Love, Weir, Evans, J.Ross.

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    There are multiple ways to get in touch. On Twitter, use #bbcscotfootball, 80295 is the number for texts and there's a bbcsportscotland Facebook page too.

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    We've got this game covered on radio and TV, with BBC Radio Scotland and BBC ALBA doing the honours. Use the coverage tab at the top of the page to make a choice. The radio build-up starts at 17:35 GMT and the telly pictures will be available from 17:55 GMT.

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    Welcome to our coverage of Netherlands v Scotland. It's a big one for Anna Signuel's side as they bid to reach the play-off final for a place at next year's World Cup.

    To reach Canada 2015 the Scots must come from behind in Rotterdam, having lost the first leg 2-1 at Tynecastle on Saturday. Italy await the winners in what will be another home and away showdown.