Scotland 0-2 Spain: Record female crowd sees Scots battle bravely against group leaders

A record attendance for a women’s international in Scotland saw the home side produce a much better performance against Spain as the visitors prevailed 2-0.

A crowd of 7,804 watched in Hampden as Scotland put on a competitive display in the World Cup qualifiers.

Group B leaders Spain traveled to Glasgow having scored 43 goals in their first five qualifiers, including five against the Scots in Sevilla.

But it wasn’t until the 78th minute, when Spain captain Jennifer Hermoso scored her second goal of the game, that the visitors looked comfortable.

Scotland threatened early on when Manchester City midfielder Caroline Weir came from behind but was denied by a last-ditch clearance.

The visitors stepped things up and took the lead in the 14th minute when Hermoso scored from the spot after Nicola Docherty conceded a penalty.

Scotland keeper Lee Alexander made saves either side of the break and Spain were disallowed a goal for offside, while Rachel Corsie produced some excellent blocks to keep the game balanced.

Scotland has threatened itself on several occasions.

Erin Cuthbert saw a deflected effort go wide and Martha Thomas passed but the offside flag was raised as she rounded the goalkeeper and finished.

The clincher came after Hermoso took a return pass and finished in the top corner.

The victory sealed Spain’s place in the World Cup final, but Scotland remain second and their chances of qualifying for the play-offs will depend on their rearranged match against Ukraine, scheduled for June 24.

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