Scotland was dealt a reality check at the Toni Macaroni Stadium as they suffered a disappointing 7-0 defeat to the Netherlands. After qualifying for the Euros, there was a great deal of optimism going into the game but defensive lapses and balls over the top once cost Scotland.
Scotland was once again missing Rachel Corsie and Kim Little through injury and was also missing Jennifer Beattie. They deployed the 4-4-1-1 formation that had proved so successful in Iceland – with just a couple of changes from that game’s starting lineup with Shannon Lynn playing in goal and Ifeoma Dieke captaining the side in defence.
The first half was fairly even and there was a deal of fortune with the Dutch’s opener with Vivianne Miedema’s strike taking a large deflection off Joelle Murray, but just before the break the Dutch dealt Scotland a hammer blow with two late goals – the first a stunning solo goal from Lineth Beerensteyn.
Scotland conceded their fourth through Renee Slegers’ tap-in before Ellen Jansen scored a tap-in after a Shannon Lynn save. Lynn picked up an injury and was replaced by Gemma Fay whose error led to Shanice van de Sanden scoring.
And then the seventh came Jackie Groenen’s quick feet made room for herself in a crowded box to beat Fay at the near post.
This was Scotland’s first game since that historic night in Iceland when Scotland won the game 2-1, celebrating qualification for their first major tournament. Clearly, over the next months, the series of friendlies they will play against the best countries in Europe will be key in their preparation.
Scotland was set up to try and contain the Dutch and catch them on the break and Lisa Evans had the game’s opening chance in the second minute when she latched onto a long ball forward, but she could only shoot wide.
But soon Scotland was provided with a glimpse of what the game would turn into with Beerensteyn breaking behind the defence, picking out Vivianne Miedema who span her marker, but she was denied by a good save by Shannon Lynn.
Whilst Scotland had dominated the early stages, soon the Netherlands were getting on the ball more often and were looking more threatening. Danielle van de Donk’s squared the ball to Renate Jansen who was only denied by a good save from Lynn.
Saying that, Scotland still posed a threat going forward and had a great chance when Evans stole possession from Mandy van der Berg and broke towards the Dutch box, The recovering defenders forced her wide but the Bayern Munich forward didn’t panic and set up Caroline Weir on the edge of the box but she blasted her first-time effort over.
In the 33rd minute, the Netherlands took the lead. Vivianne Miedema shot from about 25 yards and it looked like Lynn would make the save, but her shot took two deflections – the most significant from Joelle Murray – and the ball flew into the top corner. Soon after, Renate Jansen could have made it 2-0 soon after but she scuffed it wide at the far post.
Late in the first half, Scotland had a couple of chances to equalise with Jane Ross’ header being saved by Loes Guerts before the Manchester City striker shot wide from close range.
Then late in the first half, the Dutch scored two goals that knocked the wind out of Scotland’s sails. A cross-field pass from Kirsty Smith was intercepted by Lineth Beerensteyn and with no other options, she ran through the Scottish half before blasting the ball past Lynn. And with Scotland almost waiting for the half-time whistle, Dekker had a shot from the edge of the box which rebounded off the crossbar and Miedema was there to head the ball into the empty net.
Early in the second half, Miedema came close to completing her hat-trick when Kika van Es’ cross picked the forward out, but her header just went over.
Scotland had a decent chance to pull a goal back when Lisa Evans’ quick feet made herself room on the edge of the box but her curled shot went over.
But then the Dutch scored a fourth. Van der Sanden’s cross picked out Renée Slegers at the far post and the Linköpings’ forward forced the ball over the line despite Ifeoma Dieke’s efforts to block.
Soon after it was 5-0 when van der Sanden’s shot was parried by Lynn and Ellen Jansen reacted quickest to score. Lynn was injured in making the save and was soon replaced by Scotland’s captain Gemma Fay.
And it was Fay who was at fault for the Netherlands’ sixth. Emma Mitchell missed her interception and Gemma Fay came to the edge of the box to collect but only parried the ball into the path of van der Sanden who blasted the ball into the empty net.
In the 85th minute, the Dutch scored their seventh when Jackie Groenen used quick feet to find room in a crowded area to place the ball past Fay.
Late on, the introduction of Fiona Brown and Erin Cuthbert improved Scotland’s attacking play with Brown in particular finding room behind the Dutch defence. Both had Scotland’s best chances in the second half with Brown’s powerful shot just going wide and Cuthbert deflected effort going over.
Scotland: Lynn (Fay 74); Smith (McLauchlan 86), Dieke, Murray (Frankie Brown HT), Mitchell; Leanne Ross (Fiona Brown 79), Weir, Love (Crichton HT), Lauder (Cuthbert 67); Jane Ross; Evans.
Subs not Used: Ness, Arthur, Christie Murray, Arnot, Clelland.
Netherlands: Guerts; van Es, Zeeman, van der Berg, van Dongen (Worm HT); Dekker, van de Donk (Groenen 63), Slegers; Beertensteyn (Bakker 82), Miedema (Ellen Jansen 62), Renate Jansen (van de Sanden HT).
Subs not Used: van Veenendaal, Christ, van Lunteren, Spitse, Middag, Janssen, van den Bulk.
Goals: Miedema 33, 45+4; Beerensteyn 45+1; Slegers 66; Ellen Jansen 73; van de Sanden 77; Groenen 85
Ref: Rebecca Welch