Relieved Russia hold out to qualify

Published: Thursday 30 October 2008, 18.45CET
Russia 1-2 Scotland (agg: 4-4, Russia win on away goals)
Pauline Hamill struck twice in the second half for Scotland but it was not enough to prevent Russia qualifying for next summer's finals.
by Dmitri Rogovitsky
Relieved Russia hold out to qualify
Elena Fomina and her Russia team-mates will play in next summer's finals in Finland ©www.womenfootball.ru

Match statistics

RussiaScotland

Goals scored1
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts0
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Published: Thursday 30 October 2008, 18.45CET

Relieved Russia hold out to qualify

Russia 1-2 Scotland (agg: 4-4, Russia win on away goals)
Pauline Hamill struck twice in the second half for Scotland but it was not enough to prevent Russia qualifying for next summer's finals.
Russia withstood a tremendous Scotland comeback in Nalchik to qualify for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ on away goals.

Own goal decisive
Having trailed twice in Edinburgh on Sunday before winning the first leg of this play-off 3-2, Russia increased their aggregate lead on 20 minutes when Scotland defender Ifeoma Dieke turned the ball into her own net. However, the visitors were not overawed by needing to find three goals, and two strikes from their double scorer of the weekend, Pauline Hamill, gave them hope. In the end, though, Russia survived as the Scots finished agonisingly short of their first women's finals.

Russia lead
Scotland were able to welcome back prolific striker Julie Fleeting, suspended for the home leg, while Russia had midfielder Valentina Savchenkova serving a ban and also left out Elena Morozova in favour of Olga Petrova and Olga Sergaeva. The first half was even but Russia got a break when Petrova's cross from the left was inadvertently turned in by Dieke. Within 13 minutes Scotland nearly levelled, Anna Kozhnikova clearing the ball off the line as it looked to be creeping in.

Comeback in vain
After the interval Scotland continued to push and in the 64th minute a Hamill free-kick gave her side hope. With five minutes to go, the same player put the away team in front on the day with a header, yet that elusive third goal did not come and in the dying seconds Russia substitutes Olga Letyushova and Natalia Barbashina hit the post. Their side can now look forward to the 18 November draw and a trip to Finland next summer.

Last updated: 31/10/08 9.12CET

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Lineup

Russia

Russia

Scotland

Scotland

1Elvira Todua (GK)1Gemma Fay (GK)
19Ksenia Tsybutovich4Ifeoma Dieke
Goal20'
Yellow Card88'
21Elena Suslova5Michelle Kerr
16Olga Sergaeva14Leanne Ross
7Oksana Shmachkova3Jennifer Beattie
Goal85'
3Anna Kozhnikova6Joanne Love
5Tatiana Skotnikova (C)
Yellow Card83'
9Megan Sneddon
9Elena Fomina
Yellow Card90+2'
10Julie Fleeting (C)
15Olga Petrova13Suzanne Grant
Substitution62'
10Olesya Kurochkina
Substitution90+1'
11Pauline Hamill
Goal64'
17Natalia Mokshanova
Substitution60'
8Kim Little

Substitutes

22Elena Kochneva (GK)12Joanna Hutcheson (GK)
6Natalia Pertseva17Frankie Brown
30Olga Poryadina15Julie Ferguson
14Nadezhda Kharchenko2Rhonda Jones
25Ekaterina Sochneva16Amy Mcdonald
11Olga Letyushova
Substitution90+1'
7Kirsty Mcbride
20Natalia Barbashina
Substitution60'
18Natalie Ross
Substitution62'

Coach

Igor Shalimov (RUS) Anna Signeul (SWE)

Referee

Gyöngyi Krisztina Gaál (HUN)

Assistant referees

Judit Kulcsár (HUN), Brigitta Zsuzsanna Makkosne Petz (HUN)

Fourth official

Nadezhda Ulyanovskaya (RUS)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Russia

    Russia

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

    Scotland

    Next match womensworldcup: v Greece, 21 August 2010
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