By Jack Hunter
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Qualifiers
Scotland 0-8 Spain
Tuesday, 30 November 2021, kick-off 8:00pm
La Cartuja de Sevilla, Seville
Spain: Sarriegi (20’,58’), Mariona (33’), Bonmati (41’,61’), Putellas (64’), Hermosa (80’), Gonzalez (83’)
Scotland will be disappointed with the result but are still very much in the race to qualify. Pedro Martinez Losa’s side will have to look ahead to build some momentum in their next match against Ukraine. Spain remain unbeaten in their World Cup qualifying campaign and put on a dominant performance for their fans in Seville.
AS IT HAPPENED
Spain opened the game well with plenty of opportunities created inside the box and the favourites looked to be on cruise control but a loose ball in the centre of the box fell Scotland’s way with Abi Harrison blasting the ball off the woodwork. It was a great chance to open up the game.
The pressure from Spain was constant as Scotland struggled to push the home side out of their half as the ball was passed around the edge of the box. It felt like the opener was right round the corner.
The Spanish breakthrough came in the form of a cross from Leila Ouahabi which was met by the head of Amaiur Sarriegi giving Spain the first goal of the match.
Lee Alexander was kept busy throughout the first half and made several good saves, but she wasn’t able to deny the mounting Spanish attack. Mariona found the back of the net with a spectacular long-range effort to give Spain their second goal. Alexander managed to get a hand to it but wasn’t able to make enough contact to save Scotland. Scotland conceded one more before half time as Bonmati found space in the box and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner.
As the first half reached its conclusion Scotland had a lot of work to do. Spain weren’t content with sitting back and settling with three goals. They came out attacking and Lee Alexander was called in to action numerous times. Alexander was eventually beaten but Christie Murray made a fantastic goal-clearance to keep the game at 3-0.
Scotland weren’t able to hold up their defensive effort and conceded their fourth goal as Sarriegi grabbed her second of the game. The fifth goal for Spain followed quickly as Bonmati made it a brace with a rebound after two good saves from Alexander.
Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas made it 6-0 for Spain and are proving to be too much for Scotland despite spells of resilience from the away team. Jenni Hermosa gave Spain yet another goal as she’s given free space in the centre of the box and blasts it into the top left corner.
Ivana Andres received the first booking of the match after a poor challenge awarding Scotland a free kick. The final goal was provided by Esther Gonzalez who taps the ball in after a Mariona lobs the ball over the Scottish defence.
After 90 minutes, Spain had proven themselves the better team and Scotland will be disappointed as a result of the one sided nature of the match.
HOW WE LINED UP
Scotland: Alexander, Corsie, Docherty, McLauchlan (Ross,73), Robertson, Boyle, Weir, Howard, Evans (Clelland,81), Harrison, and Cuthbert.
Unused substitutes: Fife (GK), Cumings (GK), Bowie, Grimshaw, Graham, Arthur, McLauchlan, Docherty, Robertson, Murray, Muir, Clark, and Arnot.
Scotland will return to action next year in April for their next round of qualifying action beginning with a match against Ukraine.