Scotland “battered Portugal 0-2” mentioned interim head coach Stuart McLaren as they concluded their European Championship qualifying marketing campaign with a disappointing defeat in Larnaca.
It was Scotland’s fourth defeat in 5 video games as they missed a number of possibilities.
Ana Capeta scored after a goalkeeper error from Jenna Fife, and Fatima Pinto doubled the benefit late on.
“They’ve played well without being effective in the most important part of game, scoring goals,” mentioned McLaren.
“The performance reflects what the team is capable of; they’re a threat against anyone at this kind of level, but they have to have conviction to finish off that good play.”
Scotland end third in Group E, with Finland qualifying for the finals in England as group winners and Portugal reaching the play-offs.
The defeat in Cyprus, the place the sport was being performed as a result of present Covid-19 journey restrictions, rounds off a deflating group marketing campaign for Scotland, who won’t function within the delayed finals subsequent summer season.
McLaren’s facet began with zip and power that might have been fuelled by Friday’s 10-Zero win over Cyprus, as their eagerness to maneuver the ball with tempo and function resulted in Claire Emslie flashing in a low cross for Erin Cuthbert who skied over.
Chelsea midfielder Cuthbert once more usual a chance for herself, this time receiving a cross from Caroline Weir earlier than gaining a yard and lashing a shot vast.
The Scots continued to press, as yet one more sweeping transfer ended once more with a harmful cross from Emslie who discovered Martha Thomas, however the West Ham ahead’s hooked try in direction of objective compelled a wise save from Patricia Morais.
Portugal’s keeper was known as into motion once more simply moments later to parry over Cuthbert’s drilled effort, however McLaren’s facet can be made to pay for failing to make the most of their dominance in calamitous style.
Fife took a heavy contact from a Rachel Corise cross again, permitting Capeta to slip in and block the Scotland keeper’s tried clearance into the online.
The Scots responded effectively, as Weir tried her luck from distance earlier than Thomas didn’t divert a near-post flick on the right track simply earlier than the break.
Scotland continued to dominate possession within the second interval, however – in contrast to the primary half – possibilities have been few and much between as Portugal defended admirably earlier than doubling their benefit as Fatima Pinto hammered residence in damage time to consign interim boss McLaren to a primary defeat.
Scotland interim head coach Stuart McLaren: “One of the key points was to dominate possession but have a purpose to it, and I think the players did that very well. Unfortunately, and it’s maybe reflective of the campaign, we just didn’t have that finishing product often enough in the final third.
“We all understand how essential the primary objective is in a recreation of soccer. We did not get it and we have been clearly culpable in a way. It’s a very good press from Portugal however we invited that press. The second one is only attempting to maintain as many our bodies up the pitch as we presumably can.
“Disappointed in the result but really, really pleased with the performance in terms of the application of the aspects of football that we asked the girls to go and apply.
“Nothing has modified from my perspective. I used to be requested by the affiliation to tackle the interim position. I’ve carried out that now for the 2 video games so except something modifications then I’ll return to my position because the U16 nationwide staff coach on the lads’s facet. If one thing modifications inside that, I’ll cope with that because it comes.
“There’s obviously a process in place from the hierarchy to make sure that we get the very best candidate to be the new head coach of the Scottish women’s national team and whoever that will be will be (revealed) in the course of time.”