Subsitute Barbashina strikes to subdue Scotland

Published: Sunday 26 October 2008, 15.40CET
Scotland 2-3 Russia
Natalia Barbashina came off the substitutes' bench to score an excellent solo goal that gives Russia the edge in their play-off against Scotland.
Subsitute Barbashina strikes to subdue Scotland
Valentina Savchenkova (right) takes on Scotland goalscorer Pauline Hamill ©SFA
Published: Sunday 26 October 2008, 15.40CET

Subsitute Barbashina strikes to subdue Scotland

Scotland 2-3 Russia
Natalia Barbashina came off the substitutes' bench to score an excellent solo goal that gives Russia the edge in their play-off against Scotland.
Natalia Barbashina came off the substitutes' bench to score an excellent solo goal that gives Russia the edge in their UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ play-off against Scotland.

Russia ahead
Having been boosted by manager Anna Signeul's decision to sign a new two-year contract despite an offer from the United States, Scotland took the lead almost immediately though Pauline Hamill, only for Olesya Kurochkina to instantly level. Hamill then struck an excellent free-kick, but Natalia Mokshanova made the most of a penalty at the end of a frantic half-hour and Barbashina, on for Kurochkina, struck late on to give Russia renewed hope of reaching their first final tournament since the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Early goals
Scotland, at this stage for the first time, began the game without captain Julie Fleeting due to suspension, but even without the scorer of 107 international goals, they were ahead after two minutes. Joanne Love played in a ball from the left that the Russia defence were not able to clear and Hamill's shot eluded the grasp of goalkeeper Elvira Todua. However, the celebrations had barely ended when Kurochkina broke free, outpaced the Scotland defence, and shot past Gemma Fay.

Second equaliser
The home side were not disheartened, though, and in the 13th minute scored again. A Russia handball in a central position on the edge of the box conceded a free-kick which Hamill curled past the dive of Todua. Yet as the half-hour approached Michelle Kerr tripped Valentina Savchenkova in the Scotland box and Mokshanova slipped her penalty underneath Fay's dive for her eleventh goal in qualifying.

Substitute strikes
It was unlikely that the second half would start like the first though Olga Petrova, a half-time replacement in the Russia midfield for Elena Morozova, shot just wide after combining with Mokshanova. Russia coach Igor Shalimov also sent on Barbashina, and with 15 minutes left she set off on a surging run that took her past Kerr, fellow substitute Leanne Ross and Ifeoma Dieke before powering a shot inside the far post. Hamill hit the side-netting and Todua dived to save a Kerr header late on, but Signeul's side will have to score at least twice in Nalchik on Thursday, though they will have Fleeting back in the side.

Last updated: 27/10/08 14.39CET

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Lineup

Scotland

Scotland

Russia

Russia

1Gemma Fay (GK)1Elvira Todua (GK)
2Rhonda Jones
Substitution65'
7Oksana Shmachkova
3Jennifer Beattie19Ksenia Tsybutovich
4Ifeoma Dieke3Anna Kozhnikova
5Michelle Kerr (C)21Elena Suslova
6Joanne Love5Tatiana Skotnikova (C)
8Kim Little9Elena Fomina
Substitution86'
9Megan Sneddon
Yellow Card39'
23Elena Morozova
Substitution47'
11Pauline Hamill
Goal3'
Goal13'
10Olesya Kurochkina
Goal4'
Substitution64'
13Suzanne Grant
Substitution79'
8Valentina Savchenkova
Yellow Card71'
18Natalie Ross
Substitution57'
17Natalia Mokshanova
Goal32'

Substitutes

12Joanna Hutcheson (GK)22Elena Kochneva (GK)
7Kirsty Mcbride
Substitution65'
16Olga Sergaeva
Substitution86'
14Leanne Ross
Substitution57'
30Olga Poryadina
15Julie Ferguson25Ekaterina Sochneva
16Amy Mcdonald
Substitution79'
11Olga Letyushova
17Frankie Brown15Olga Petrova
Substitution47'
19Hayley Cunningham20Natalia Barbashina
Substitution64'
Goal76'

Coach

Anna Signeul (SWE) Igor Shalimov (RUS)

Referee

Floarea Ionescu (ROU)

Assistant referees

Irina Mirt (ROU), Mihaela Popescu Blindu (ROU)

Fourth official

Morag Pirie (SCO)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Scotland

    Scotland

    Next match womensworldcup: v Greece, 21 August 2010
  • Russia

    Russia

    Next match womensworldcup: v Republic of Ireland, 21 August 2010
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