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Scotland shock Sweden
 Women's Football News 17 Sep 2010
Scotland are through to the second phase of the UEFA Under-19 Championships after last night's excellent 1-0 win over Sweden.
Victory over the group hosts saw Shelley Kerr's side top the first round qualifying group, with second placed Sweden also going into the hat for the second round draw in Nyon on 16 November.
Sweden put Scotland under pressure from the off, with Moa Mattsson, Julia Roddar and Sara Eliasson all coming close early on.
Nicolle Andrews pulled off a string of fantastic saves to keep the score level. On 27 minutes she got a hand to Jonna Andersson's shot after going one-on-one with the Swedish striker. She then pulled off another one handed save from the resultant corner.
Just a few minutes later Scotland were in front. Lana Clelland pounced on a defensive error and slammed the ball into the top corner from 20 yards out.
Scotland were on the offensive, and Eilish McSorley narrowly missed a chance to double the lead just before half time.
After the break, Scotland began to take control. Lisa Evans went on a mazy run through the Swedish defence, but her shot was saved by Lina Ringshamre.
Sweden came close to grabbing the equaliser in the 64th minute when number Elin Rubensson's shot went just over the bar.
Scotland continued to press for another goal. Captain Emma Mitchell's long range effort was just over, while Lauren McMurchie and Sarah Ewens both drew saves from Ringshamre in the closing minutes.
Shelley Kerr told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "It took us a while to settle in the first half, and Sweden put us under pressure. I think maybe we showed them a bit too much respect and didn't focus on our own talents.
"We studied Sweden thoroughly and did a lot of work on the training field. Our players took everything we told them onto the pitch and remained very organised and disciplined throughout the match.
"I have to say we defended brilliantly throughout the game. If we don't concede I think we've got a great chance against anyone, as they players we have are always capable of scoring.
"We're absolutely delighted to reach the second stage, and to top the group is even better. This was a fantastic result for us, considering Sweden's standing in the women's game, and the fact that they were at home.
"We started slowly in the group with a draw against Serbia, but we got two good results in the remaining matches, and this one in particular will be a huge boost for our confidence."
Scotland: Nicolle Andrews, Louise Magilton (sub Stefanie Malcolm 90mins), Nicola Docherty, Claire Thoms, Eilish McSorley, Lauren McMurchie, Lana Clelland, Lisa Evans, Sarah Ewens, Emma Mitchell, Emily Thomson. Subs not used: Nicola Hardie, Aimee Godfrey, Chloe Craig, Rebecca Zoltie, Louise Mason, Jennifer Callaghan.

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