UEFA Women’s Nations League
Scotland 0-1 Netherlands
Tuesday, 31 October
Hampden Park, Glasgow


Scotland 0

Netherlands 1 (Brugts 60')

Team news

Pedro Martinez Losa made five changes from the side who were beaten by the Netherland on Friday. There was a debut for Sandy MacIver in goal while Jenna Clark came into a back three.

Fiona Brown and Lisa Evans also came in from the start while Erin Cuthbert's return from injury also provided a boost to the Scots.

As it happened

The hosts dominated the ball in the early stages without creating much of note, but Scotland came into the game and were denied a penalty just before 20 minutes as the ball appeared to strike Caitlin Dijkstra on the arm.

Scotland were getting joy down the right, with Lisa Evans and Claire Emslie combining well and the returning Cuthbert lively in midfield. 

Sherida Spitse then almost gave the visitors the lead on 31 minutes but her dipping, swerving free-kick was tipped onto the crossbar by the debutant MacIver.

In a tight first half, Scotland more than held their own against their highly-ranked opponents as both sides cancelled each other out.

It continued in that fashion after the break until the visitors took the lead just before the hour mark with a moment of true quality. 

Esmee Brughts cut inside Lisa Evans and fired a low inswinging shot that went in off MacIver's far post. 

Pedro Martinez Losa utilised his bench as the match went on, with Christy Grimshaw and Martha Thomas introduced and then Jamie-Lee Napier an Lauren Davidson coming on shortly after as the Scotland looked to get back into the match.

However it was the Netherlands who nearly extended their lead as Linthel Beerensteyn fizzed a shot off the upright. 

Substitute Thomas has Scotland's best opening in the 79th minute as she cut inside but her low effort was deflected to safety. 

Jenny Smith was also thrown on with ten minutes to go for her international debut as the young Scots pushed for a leveller.

It was Scotland's best spell of the game and substitute Thomas was involved again, whipping a dangerous inswinging cross in that just evaded Evans at the back post. 

Another sub Davidson also worked some space on the edge of the box but her shot skewed high and wide. 

Scotland had produced a last-gasp goal in the last home match against Belgium but and Sophie Howard almost repeated the trick as she headed on target but it was comfortable for goalkeeper van Domselaar on this occasion as the game ended in a narrow defeat for the Scots.

Next up

Scotland return to action in December, with an away match against Belgium on Friday, 1 December, before the UEFA Women's Nations League campaign concludes with a home match against England on Tuesday, 5 December at Hampden Park. Tickets for that match can be secured here.


Scotland: MacIver, Evans, Howard, Clark, Docherty, Brown, MacLean, Cuthbert (Grimshaw 61'), Corsie, Emslie (Thomas 61'), Hanson

Unused subs: Alexander, Fife, Cornet, Gallacher, Smith, McLaughlan, Rodgers, Howat

Netherlands: van Domselaar, Pelova, Dijkstra, Casparij, Brugts, Groenen, Spitse, Van de Donk (Kaptein 72'), Roord, Beerensteyn, Martens (Egurrola 33')

Unused subs: Weimar, Lorsheyd, Wilms, Olislagers, Van Dongen, Miedema, Baijings, R Jansen, Snoeijs, Auee,