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Scotland women suffer at hands of slick Swedes

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Vauxhall Women's International Challenge Match

Scotland 1-4 Sweden

Stark's Park, Kirkcaldy


Little 45 pen; Schelin13, 25, Jakobsson 52, 67.


Scotland women slumped to a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of a slick Sweden side in a Vauxhall International Challenge Match this afternoon.


The World Cup semi-finalists flexed their muscles at Stark's Park with Lotta Schelin and Sofia Jakobsson each grabbing a brace and Kim Little replying for Scotland from the penalty spot.


The match saw the welcome return of ex-Scotland assistant coach Anne Helen Grahm, who is now assistant coach at Sweden.


And it was the Swedes who opened the scoring after 14 minutes when a Malin Levenstad cross was directed past Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay, making a record-breaking 142nd appearance for her country, by striker Schelin.


Levenstad was making things difficult for Scotland on the left and her cross on 23 minutes found Kosovare Asllani but her shot was straight at Fay.


However Sweden didn't have to wait much longer for their second and on 26 minutes, Schelin latched on to a long pass down the centre of the field before slotting past a helpless Fay.


Scotland, cheered on by almost 1200 spectators, nearly pulled a goal back five minutes later after some good play by Jane Ross on the right but her pass across the face goal had no takers.


A minute later, Sweden went close to adding a third but Jakobbson's shot from distance came back off the post.


Fay had to be on her toes just before the interval after a pinpoint pass from Sweden’s Sara Thunebro found the feet of the dangerous Schelin but the Scotland goalkeeper raced out to block the shot.


Anna Signeul’s side battled to find a goal before half time and their hard work paid off when they were awarded a penalty on 45 minutes after a push on Jennifer Beattie inside the box.


Little stepped up and sent Swedish goalkeeper Sofia Lundgren the wrong way to go in 2-1 down at the interval.


Sweden regained their two-goal advantage just seven minutes into the second half with an intelligent move down the right.


The troublesome Asllani’s perfectly-weighted pass found Schelin who teed up her teammate Jakobbson in the centre and she knocked the ball into an empty net from six yards.


Jakobbson bagged her second of the match on 67 minutes when she latched on to a long pass and powered her away towards the Scotland goal and firing past Fay to make it 4-1.


Scotland continued to fight and Jane Ross went close on two occasions late in the game but both her efforts went wide of goal and Sweden held out for a deserved win.


Attention now turns back to the 2013 European Championships with Israel up next for Scotland at Tynecastle on 16th June.


Scotland: Fay, Jones (Brown 57), Small, Lauder, Little, Sneddon, Beattie (Love 53), Ross, Corsie (Mitchell 79), Fernon, Evans (Ross 70).


Subs: Lynn, Dieke, Thomson, Brown.


Attendance: 1184.

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