Ahead of today’s friendly between Scotland and the Netherlands, we look back at some of the clashes between the two countries.
Cyprus Cup Success
Scotland’s form against the Netherlands has been stunning with the Scots holding a 100% record over the past four games. The first of those wins came in the 2012 group stage with a second-half goal from Hayley Lauder securing a 2-1 win. Next year, it was Kim Little who provided the match-winning moment in their 5th-placed match.
Lisa Evans’ first-half hat-trick helped Scotland on their way to a third successive win over the Netherlands, although the game turned into an epic. Evans, who was then playing for Potsdam, opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Leanne Ross sent her through the middle and her powerful shot found the back of the net. Her second came when Lauder’s cross picked her out and although her header hit the crossbar, Evans reacted quickly to prod the ball over the line.
She completed her hat-trick by robbing Tessel Middag of possession and finding the back of the net in the 33rd minute.
With Scotland looking like they would be going in at half-time 3-0 up, the Netherlands made things interesting with goals from Renee Slegers and Lieke Martens.
In the second half, Scotland scored their fourth through Jennifer Beattie’s header, but once again the Netherlands pulled a goal back through Manon Melis.
However, Scotland managed to hold on to secure a 4-3 win.
The two countries met in the 2015 Cyprus Cup in the seventh-placed match, a game Scotland won 3-1 thanks to Kim Little’s hat-trick. Her first goal came when Christie Murray sent her through and Little rounded the keeper.
Scotland’s and Little’s second came early in the second half when Jane Ross’ cross was spilt by the keeper, and Little took full advantage.
The Netherlands pulled a goal back in the 70th minute when Anouk Hoogendijk headed in Jill Roord’s free-kick. But the win was secured in second-half stoppage time when Little once again rounded the keeper to score.
World Cup Heartbreak
Of course, Scotland would trade all their wins over the Netherlands in the Cyprus Cup to change the result of the 2015 FIFA World Cup Play-off between the countries.
Having finished second in their qualifying group behind Sweden, Scotland once again faced a play-off to qualify for a major tournament. Scotland was drawn against the Netherlands in the Semi-Finals. The first leg was played at Tynecastle, and the Dutch raced into a 2-0 first half lead through Lieke Martens and Manon Melis’ penalty.
In the second half, Scotland pulled a goal back when Stephanie van der Gragt was deemed to have handled in the box, and Kim Little expertly converted the penalty.
Scotland travelled to Rotterdam knowing they had to score twice, but after a goalless first half, the Netherlands scored through Martens. Although that goal didn’t change Scotland’s task of scoring twice, the tie was put beyond them in the 77th minute when Manon Melis beat Gemma Fay.