Pedro Martinez Losa named five changes to the side which defeated Hungary in dramatic fashion at Hampden Park on Friday night. 

In came Jenna Fife, Rachael Boyle, Lucy Graham, Lisa Evans and Chloe Arthur, to replace Lee Alexander, Rachel McLauchlan, Nicola Docherty, Lisa Robertson and Jane Ross.

Two second half goals were the difference as the world's second best side edged the friendly encounter in difficult conditions.   

As it happened 

 

In a lively start to proceedings under the floodlights at the SMISA Stadium, Caroline Weir looked to test Swedish stopper Jennifer Falk early on, but her right-footed effort from outside the box was smothered well by the goalkeeper. 

 

The visitors began to assert their quality, enjoying large spells of possession in Scotland territory but failing to test Fife between the sticks. 

 

It took until the half hour mark before Scotland’s keeper was called in to action, tipping over a Filippa Angeldal shot which was assisted by the howling wind in Paisley. Moments later, Fife was again in action, denying the visitors with a smart save down low with her legs. 

 

The visitors were the closest to opening the scoring in the first half when Rebecka Blomqvist looked to capitalise on a loose ball in the Scotland box, but her effort struck the crossbar before being back heeled wide of the mark on the follow up. 

 

Sweden stepped up their intensity and immediately after going close, they again tested Fife with a swerving shot, angled in from outside the box by Angeldal which the Scotland stopper turned round her post. 

 

With just seconds remaining in the half, somehow Pedro Martinez Losa’s players managed to dig in and clear an almost certain Sweden goal. With the ball breaking in the six yard box, a stramash of bodies somehow denied a queue of Swedish players a tap in to the empty net, with Cuthbert getting the telling touch to clear the danger.  

 

The manager made one change at the break, replacing Friday’s Player of the Match Jen Beattie with Sophie Howard. 

 

Sweden went close early in the second half as Rytting Kaneryd sent her low shot just wide of the post.

 

Up the other end of the pitch, Howard went close to making a quick impact off the bench, but her diving header was blocked by Berglund.

 

In the 53rd minute, a good chance fell for Scotland when Sweden were unable to fully clear their lines. Caroline Weir got her shot away but couldn’t test the keeper and shortly after, Lucy Graham's fierce shot from distance flew just over the bar.

 

Scotland grew in to the match and went close to taking the lead. Weir whipped in a dangerous free-kick, but it narrowly evaded the onrushing Scotland attack, which needed the slightest of touches to turn it goal-bound.

 

With 20 minutes remaining, the visitors took the lead when substitute Fridolina Rolfo struck a thunderous effort in to the top corner from the edge of the box. 

 

Martinez Losa made a triple change as his side searched for a way back in to the match at a rain soaked Smisa Stadium, replacing Corsie, Weir and Grimshaw for Jenna Clark, Jane Ross and Zoe Ness. 

 

With just minutes remaining, Sweden doubled their lead when a dangerous ball in to the box was bundled over the line after unfortunately coming off substitute Sophie Howard and beyond Fife. 

 

Starting line-ups

 

Scotland: Fife, Corsie (Clark, 77’), Beattie (Howard, 45’), Grimshaw (Ross, 77’), Boyle, Weir (Ness, 77’), Graham, Evans, Arthur (Robertson, 61’), Emslie (Hanson, 63’), Cuthbert

 

Unused subs: Cumings, McLauchlan, Docherty, Davidson, Muir, Eddie

 

Sweden: Falk, Kullberg, Berglund, Fischer, Schough (Rolfo, 70’), Curmack, Angeldal, Rubensson (Jackobsson, 61'), Janogy, Anvegard, Blomqvist

 

Unused subs: Lindahl, Eriksson, Ilestedt, Andersson, Glas, Bennison, Olme, Kaneryd

 

Next up

 

Scotland face Ukraine and Spain next month in World Cup Qualifying as they look to maintain their perfect start in the group against difficult opposition.