Portugal 1-0 Scotland
UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Qualifier
Friday, 27 November 2020, kick-off 7pm
Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon
Portugal: Borges (69)
A second-half strike from Ana Borges saw Scotland fall to a 1-0 defeat in their UEFA Women's EURO qualifier in Lisbon.
As it happened
Scotland began the stronger of the two sides, dominating possession for the most part in the early exchanges.
Scotland’s best chance arose when Kim Little curled an effort from the edge of the box and saw the ball fly over the bar.
Earlier in the half Erin Cuthbert demonstrated a great piece of skill to free herself inside the box but she contrived to shoot high and wide of the target.
After 37 minutes Lee Alexander was called into action when she pulled off an excellent save as Portugal probed inside Scotland’s box. At the break the scores were level.
Scotland knew a goal was vital and brought on Martha Thomas in place of Leanne Crichton. Kirsty Hanson began to become a threat in the second half and hit the side netting with a deflected shot after 60 minutes.
The Manchester United winger was then close to carving out a golden opportunity but her first touch escaped her as she looked to shape for a shot which would have been destined for the target.
Scotland’s pressure didn’t pay off though and after 69 minutes they found themselves one goal down through a Borges finish which rolled agonisingly beyond Alexander and into the net, sparking jubilant Portugal celebrations.
Shelley Kerr’s side immediately retaliated with Martha Thomas setting up Kirsty Hanson who again shot at goal but failed to hit the target.
With six minutes left on the clock, Lisa Evans made a terrific driving run from her own half, which ended in the Portugal box as she squared it to Martha Thomas. The striker’s shot was well-saved by Patricia Morais, who was quick of her line.
Scotland are back in EURO Qualification action against Finland on Tuesday night, at Easter Road. Kick-off 7.30pm, live on BBC ALBA.
Portugal: Morais, Mendes, Rebelo, Costa, Marchao, T Pinto (Faria 78), D Silva (Marquez 90), F Pinto, Neto (Norton 81), Borges, Silva.
Unused substitutes: Pereira, Correia, Gomez, , Nazareth, Mendes, Capeta, Costa, Amado.
Scotland: Alexander, Mitchell (Docherty, 45), Corsie, Beattie, Boyle, Little, Weir, Crichton (Thomas, 54), Evans, Hanson (Arnot, 78), Cuthbert.
Unused substitutes: Lynn, Fife, Godfrey, Ross, Arthur, Howard, Kerr, Brown, Graham