Women get masterclass from Swedes

THE Scotland Women’s players were on the receiving end of a football masterclass on Saturday afternoon at Stark’s Park as slick Sweden showed just why they are amongst the favourites to win Olympic gold.

On a day when Scotland goalkeeper and captain, Gemma Fay, won her record-breaking 142nd cap, there was little to celebrate for the hosts as Sweden eased to a 4-1 victory.

The World Cup semi-finalists had already threatened the Scottish goal on a number of occasions before Lotta Schelin directed a Malin Levenstad cross beyond Fay after just 13 minutes. Sweden soon doubled their lead by exploiting a dozing Scottish defence as Schelin collected a long ball downfield before firing under Fay.

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The near 1200 crowd feared an embarrassing afternoon but, in time added on at the end of the first half, the Scots were handed a lifeline as Rachel Corsie was bundled over inside the Swedish penalty area and Kim Little converted the spot kick.

However, any hope of a Scotland comeback failed to materialise after the interval as Sweden retained complete control and the impressive Sofia Jakobsson netted a brace.

“We made them look better than they are,” rued Scotland’s Swedish boss Anna Signeul afterwards.