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Scotland v Denmark - 31st. October 2007 - UEFA Qualifying Match Group 5 - McDiarmid Park - Perth

SCOTLAND LOSE TO DENMARK


Scotland lost 1-0 to Demark tonight at McDiarmid Park. 

Scotland defended well with Gemma Fay on form and Pauline Hamill had a very close chance of goal in the 42nd minute but at half time the scoreline was 0-0.

The second half saw Scotland fighting hard with strength and pace and Scotland players Julie Fleeting, Kim Little and Rhonda Jones played particulary well with Kim Little gaining 'Player of the Match'.

However it was not Scotland's night as Danish player Merete Pederson scored in the 62nd minute and despite a few chances by Scotland the score line ended in favour of Denmark.

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Scotland currently sit joint third in Group 5 with Slovakia, behind Ukraine and Denmark and in front of Portugal.
 

Despite Scotland's defeat the match marked Scotland players, Rhonda Jones and Julie Fleeting's 50th and 100th International appearance for Scotland and Scottish FA Chief Executive Gordon Smith presented them both with gifts on behalf of the Scottish FA.


Julie Fleeting now has 100 goals and 100 caps which will be recognised at Hampden on November 17th at the Scotland v Italy match, where she will be presented with a special award for her achievements from the Sottish FA.

SCOTLAND SQUAD
Gemma Fay Hibernian LFC
Rhonda Jones Florida Atlantic University
Ifeoma Dieke Qbik
Michelle Kerr Hibernian LFC
Joanne Love Celtic LFC
Amanda Burns Hibernian LFC
Megan Sneddon Glasgow City
LFC
Julie Fleeting Arsenal LFC
Pauline Hamill Hibernian LFC
Leanne Ross Glasgow City
LFC
Kim Little Hibernian LFC


SUBSTITUTES
Kirsty McBride Hibernian LFC
Julie Ferguson Hibernian LFC
Suzanne Grant Hibernian LFC 

Teams Pld W D L GF GA Pts
Ukraine 3 3 0 0 11 1 9
Denmark 2 2 0 0 6 1 6
Scotland 4 1 1 2 4 3 4
Slovakia 4 1 0 3 2 13 3
Portugal 3 0 1 2 2 7 1

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Merete Pedersen showed a cool head to give Denmark an important UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying Group 5 win in Scotland.

Narrow win
The visitors only began their campaign on Saturday with a 5-1 defeat of Portugal while Scotland had moved to four points from three games by winning 3-0 in Slovakia. Julie Fleeting scored her 100th goal for Scotland in that match but her hopes of success as she reached a century of caps in Perth were dashed by Pedersen, who took her own tally of strikes to 58 from 121 appearances.

Scotland denied
Scotland kept things very tight in the first half and nearly went ahead in the 42nd minute when their most-capped player, Pauline Hamill, went close. However, Denmark made the breakthrough just past the hour through Pedersen and Scotland could not carve out an equaliser.

Merete Pedersen (centre) Won the game for Denmark with a goal on the hour

Play-off
Denmark are now within three points of Ukraine, who have also won all their games so far, with Scotland two behind the Scandinavian side having played two more matches. Denmark go to Slovakia and welcome Scotland for their next qualifiers in April, but first face a two-legged play-off against Sweden for a place in the 2008 Olympics on 8 and 28 November, the opening leg at home.