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Japan v Scotland
« on: February 14, 2007, 09:31:32 AM »
Wednesday February 14th
CYPRUS TOURNAMENT
Japan v Scotland
(Dasaki Stadium, Larnaca, 12.00)


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Re: Japan v Scotland
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2007, 02:33:05 PM »
Japan 2-0 Scotland

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Re: Japan v Scotland
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2007, 09:45:23 AM »
Scotland lost their first game of a two match tour, 2-0 to Japan at the Dasaki Stadium in Cyprus this afternoon.

Despite Scotland being well organised and working hard in defence, the Scots conceded from two corners scored off the head of Sakaguchi of Japan, one in each half of the game, in 43 and 70 minutes.

Scotland continued to work hard, performing better in the second half, to break down Japan, but the combination of opponents who played the game with high intensity and the poor use of the ball by Scotland when they were in possession added to their demise.

Coach Anna Signeul said: "Obviously we are disappointed at conceding two goals from set pieces, especially as we were well organised in defence, but lack of focus and poor marking at the set pieces has cost us dearly. We need to work harder when we are in possession of the ball, as we gave it away so easily today."

There was one positive aspect to the game for Signeul today as Kim Little, aged 16, made her ‘A’ squad debut today coming on as a substitute in the second half and putting in a performance which pleased Signeul enormously.

Scotland will now prepare to face Signeul’s former colleagues when they play Sweden on Saturday 17 February in their last challenge match of this trip.

Japan had previously beaten Norway 1-0 with a goal from Shinobu Ohno after 21 minutes, and drawn 2-2 with Sweden. Miyama (25) and Arakawa (79) equalised goals from Lotta Schelin (23) and Therese Sjögran (34).

Scotland: Fay, Jones (Ferguson 80), Ross (Somerville 80), Kerr, Dieke, Love, Burns (Cook 75), McBride (Brolly 75), Sneddon (Little 70), Fleeting (c), Malone (Hamill 65).

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Re: Japan v Scotland
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2007, 08:02:15 PM »
Women's football: Best yet to come for Anna squad

THE learning process for Scotland's senior squad continues this week with friendlies in Cyprus against two of the best teams in the world.

Anna Signeul's girls opened yesterday with a 2-0 defeat against Japan, ranked in the top 10, and on Saturday she has the pleasure of Scotland's first-ever game against her home nation, fourth-ranked Sweden.

The Swedes have already qualified for this summer's World Cup Finals in China, and Japan will join them if they can defeat Mexico in a two-leg play-off next month.

So, such quality opposition - who drew 2-2 in Cyprus on Monday - is just what Anna ordered.

"We were really looking forward to getting out here. Before we came we had a good training camp in Perth with 28 players and it is good to get away and play matches," she said.

"We knew it would be very difficult against two of the best teams in the world, but you have to play such teams to learn how to cope in high-intensity situations, which is how we would aspire to play."

As for the defeat to Japan, she said: "We were disappointed at conceding two goals from set pieces, especially as we were well organised in defence, but lack of focus and poor marking cost us dearly.

"We can't afford to concede such goals in competitive matches.

"Also, we need to work harder when we are in possession as we gave it away so easily."

One very positive aspect for Signeul was the debut of 16-year-old Kim Little, 16, who came on as a substitute in the second half and put in a performance which pleased her coach enormously.

Scotland's women are now 26th in the Fifa rankings - an all-time high which mirrors Alex McLeish's squad equalling their best-ever No 20 this week - and trips such as Cyprus can only help them improve on that.


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