UEFA Women's European Championships 2017
Scotland 1-0 Spain
Thursday, 27 July 2017, kick-off 7.45pm (UK time)
Stadion de Adelaarshorst (Deventer)
Scotland: Caroline Weir (41)
Scotland exited Euro 2017 in agonising fashion after managing only one of the two goals they required to progress into the quarter-finals.
Spain went into the match as favourites having never lost to Scotland but Anna Signeul’s team defended valiantly throughout, seeing the ball hit the woodwork and cleared off the line.
Just before the break, Caroline Weir gave Scotland the lead and in the second-half they pushed desperately for another goal but failed to hit the net again and seal the two-goal victory required.
In her final match in charge, Anna Signeul made six changes to the team that lost to Portugal and the team survived an early scare when a Spanish free-kick was knocked onto the post by Gemma Fay.
Scotland were containing Spain but after 33 minutes they were subjected to a heavy onslaught.
Rachel Corsie was on hand to clear the ball off the line and Gemma Fay also pulled off a magnificent point blank save in a spell where Scotland were severely tested.
Just before the break, Erin Cuthbert challenged the goalkeeper at the edge of her box and the ball fell to Caroline Weir who drove forward and smashed it into the net with Scotland’s first shot of the game.
At the start of the second-half, Weir was close to assisting a second when her corner was met by Leanne Crichton from close range who smashed the ball high over the bar.
Spain then began to press and probe and saw a ball bounce narrowly wide of the target after 58 minutes before Silvia Meseguer smashed the crossbar from the edge of area.
The 13th ranked side in the world continued to press and probe and with 79 minutes on the clock Gemma Fay produced a point blank save before Ifeoma Dieke nodded the rebound off the line.
As the game edged to a close, Scotland barraged the Spain box but ultimately couldn’t carve out another chance to secure Scotland’s progression.
Scotland: Fay, Dieke, L Ross (Clelland, 45), Love (Fiona Brown, 72), Cuthbert, Weir, Crichton, Evans, Corsie, Frankie Brown, Arthur
Unused substitutes: Lynn, Alexander, Barsley, Murray, Lauder, J Ross, Howard, Murray, McLauchlan, Clelland, Smith