Vauxhall Women’s International Challenge Match
Scotland 1-1 Spain
Tuesday 8th March, 7pm kick-off
Falkirk Stadium

(Mitchell 55’, Torrecilla 90’)

A late equaliser from Virginia Torrecilla denied Scotland a victory on International Women’s Day against Spain.

A long-range effort from Arsenal’s Emma Mitchell ten minutes into the second half delighted the 1,826 fans inside the Falkirk Stadium.

However, Torrecilla’s strike deep into stoppage time dashed Scotland’s hopes of a win in their first home match of 2016. 

Scotland weathered an early storm from the visitors as Spain,  with captain Gemma Fay forced into a save moments into her 190th international appearance.

Anna Signeul’s side created their first chance of the match after 13th minutes. A Spanish corner quickly became a Scottish counter-attack, led by Jane Ross, Leanne Ross and Kim Little. The move ended in a dangerous cross from Glasgow City’s Leanne Ross, which Dolores Gallardo did well to smother.

Spain then proceeded to have two good chances within a four-minute spell after 30 minutes. The first, a looping header from Amanda Sampedro, failed to trouble Fay as it sailed over the bar. The second, however, nearly broke the deadlock at the Falkirk Stadium. A mix-up between the Scotland captain and Joelle Murray nearly offered Alexia Putella a golden opportunity. Fortunately for Scotland, the Barcelona player’s shot crashed into the side-netting.

The burst of activity from the visitors triggered a positive response from the home side. A neat ball inside the opponent’s penalty box from Little found Caroline Weir, but Leila Ouahabi was able to poke the ball away before the Liverpool attacker could pull the trigger. Then, before half-time, a slick pass from Arsenal’s Emma Mitchell to Jane Ross sliced open the Spanish defence, but Jane Ross’ effort was comfortably held by Gallardo.

As the rain descended on Falkirk in the second half, so did efforts on Dolores Gallardo’s goal. Positive play from Jane Ross and Little set the tone for the second 45 minutes, yet it was a defender who broke the deadlock for the hosts. 

Emma Mitchell, in her first Scotland appearance since returning from injury, surprised Dolores Gallardo with a shot from the left wing. The goalkeeper could only paddle the ball into her own goal, to give Scotland a lead their early momentum in the half deserved.

Scotland continued to make chances in the second-half, but Spain were also pressing for an equaliser. Maria Losada’s free-kick was saved by Gemma Fay, who did well to clear the rebound away from danger.

It looked as though Scotland were going to hold on, but in added time Torrecilla’s strike in the penalty box squirmed it’s way in to earn the visitors a draw.

Scotland: Fay (GK, C), Smith, J.Murray, Corsie, Mitchell, Love (Arnot 83’), Crichton, L.Ross (Arthur 90’), Little, Weir, J.Ross (Clelland 88’).

Subs not used: Lynn (GK), Cunningham (GK), Docherty, Hunter, Lauder, Graham, Ness.