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Swansea reject Everton's £40m Sigurdsson bid

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Swansea City have rejected a £40m bid from Premier League rivals Everton for Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The Swans want £50m for the 27-year-old, who scored nine goals last season.

Sigurdsson did not travel with the club for their summer tour of the United States, and has since been training with their under-23 side.

Monday’s offer is the first Everton have made for the midfielder, while Leicester City have also made an unsuccessful bid for him this summer.

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Palace sign defender Riedewald from Ajax

Crystal Palace have signed Netherlands defender Jairo Riedewald from Ajax on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.Riedewald, 20, previously played for new Palace manager Frank de Boer at the Dutch side, making his first-team debut under him in 2013….

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Man Utd's Bailly banned for two more European games

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has been given a three-match ban for his red card against Celta Vigo in the Europa League.The 23-year-old was sent off after a mass brawl in the semi-final on 11 May and missed the final against Ajax, which United…

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Man Utd's Bailly banned for two more European games

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has been given a three-match ban for his red card against Celta Vigo in the Europa League.The 23-year-old was sent off after a mass brawl in the semi-final on 11 May and missed the final against Ajax, which United…

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Are knee injuries at 'epidemic' levels? The stats and the causes

Knee ligament injury XI

Last season 28 Premier League footballers suffered serious knee ligament injuries – that’s the highest number in the past five campaigns.

And there were 17 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries – the most serious kind – which was again more than any of the previous Premier League seasons.

BBC Sport pundit and former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin says “knee problems appear to be at epidemic proportions in the game at the top level” and has called for further research.

A Radio 5 live Monday Night Football discussion will delve into the issue, and BBC Sport has looked at the available data and examined what the possible causes could be.

What are the numbers?

Knee ligament injuries in past five seasons Figures from PhysioRoom.com
ACL MCL LCL Total
2011-12 9 9 0 18
2012-13 12 8 0 20
2013-14 13 9 2 24
2014-15 10 12 3 25
2015-16 14 9 3 26
2016-17 17 9 2 28

What is a knee ligament injury?

Knee ligament injuries<!–

The knee joint has several ligaments. The anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments are in the middle of the knee. The main role of these is to stabilise the knee when a player is turning, twisting, pivoting or pushing off.

As football is such a high-intensity sport for the lower limbs, if cruciate knee ligaments are ruptured, the earliest a player can hope to return to match fitness is nine months.

What the experts think?

Various theories include players’ changing physiologies, the amount of football played, footwear, and modern, harder pitches.

Dr Bilal Barkatali, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialising in sports knee injuries, suggests overplaying and fatigue is the key reason, particularly in high-level footballers.

“In the case of Zlatan Ibrahimovic – he’s 35 and has kept himself in very good condition. Despite that, the weight of Zlatan coming down from jumping to head the ball and landing safely requires all his muscles to be firing at the correct time to support his joint.

“So if he is fatigued and is landing and one specific set of muscles haven’t fired in time then all that force will be going through the middle of the knee joint, resulting in this rotation-type force around the knee causing an ACL rupture. So fatigue and overplaying is a really strong factor in how these injuries come about.

“In the past 15 years there has been an increase in knee ligament ruptures – that’s throughout leagues and amateur competition.”

Colin Martin, a footwear expert for a company that has worked with several sports clubs, says “softer, less supportive boots” are a factor, as is the pace of the game “increasing vastly”.

“The two combined probably plays a big role in increased injury rates,” adds Martin, who designs inserts that give “more stability to foot and ankle, which in turn means the player has a more solid foundation to work from”.

In modern turf construction, long deep artificial grass blades are sewn throughout the pitch, which firms up the ground and prevents slipping.

Leicester City’s grounds manager John Ledwidge said: “We know that those working within the game – namely managers, players, physios and sports scientists – perceive that there are links with pitches and injuries. But they need to establish why that is the case.

“I’m not a closed book and arguing that it’s not a contributing factor because everything is a contributing factor when it comes to players.

“On any one weekend, with the ridiculous transfer fees that are flying around at the minute, we could have upwards of £300m-£400m worth of assets playing on our pitch.

“Certainly at Leicester City we work exceptionally to hard to make sure the pitches are kept within certain parameters of firmness, there’s an adequate level of moisture, the grass coverage is there for pretty much most of the year, to ensure the players don’t get injured and the players have the best possible playing facilities that they can have.

“Taking Ibrahimovic as an example – on that day, on that pitch, on that particular square inch that he landed on, the pitch could’ve been a contributing factor. But so could his boots, the way he warmed up and how tired he was. All these are contributing factors.’

The footballer’s view

Nevin said that when he was the chief executive of Scottish club Motherwell in the early 2000s, he was so concerned about the effect of modern pitches on his players that he looked into reverting to an “old-fashioned” turf pitch, but was told it “wasn’t considered financially viable”.

“We need further statistical work obviously but I have heard many complaints from Premier League managers that the modern ultra-hard pitches seem to be exacerbating the problem,” said the former Scotland international.

“On top of this remember the players are training on precisely the same style of pitches every day as well. I know for a fact that some managers are concerned about this and have to accept it limits the time some players are able to train.

“Yes the game continues to get faster, but the lack of ‘give’ in the modern pitches certainly has an effect. I did my ACL while at Everton but that was an impact injury, due to a tackle. There appear to be more of these that are not player on player impact and that has to be researched.

“In the simplest terms, modern pitches look fantastic, they are beautifully flat and can cope with huge wear and tear. The groundsmen make them look beautiful for the TV, but when the changeover was happening did anyone ever ask the players, the managers or the medics what was needed?

“Having played on many types of pitch I see the problems of each, I just hope that 20 years down the line there aren’t a group of players whose knees, ankles and hips have been irreparably damaged.”

What is the cost?

According to research from SportingIntelligence.com and insurance and risk specialists JLT, Premier League clubs paid a total of £177m in wages to injured players last season.

The estimate is calculated from fixed salaries paid to players and the length of time spent on the sidelines.

The research also showed:

  • There were 108 knee injuries last season – second only to hamstring injuries (131).
  • However knee injuries were the most severe – the with the average player missing 70 days with a knee problem.
  • Knee injuries were the costliest injury, paying out an average of £448,719 per injury and total of almost £50m over the season.

JLT’s head of sport Duncan Fraser said: “We seem to be seeing a case of injury-flation this year. Over the last six seasons there has been a steady increase in the cost of injuries as players become more and more expensive and the Premier League becomes more and more competitive.

“Injuries don’t just make it harder to manage a team, there is also a direct cost associated with it, in the form of salaries paid to players who can’t take part in matches.”

Listen to BBC Radio 5 live’s Monday Night Football Club on 24 July, from 19:30 BST.

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Women's Euro 2017: 'Brave' decision helped England – watch & vote

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Women's Euro 2017: England 2-0 Spain highlights

[unable to retrieve full-text content]England benefit from a bizarre refereeing decision to beat Spain 2-0 and take a huge step towards the Women’s Euro 2017 quarter-finals.

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Man Utd beat Real Madrid on penalties in Santa Clara after Victor Lindelof error

Jesse Lingard scores

Manchester United beat Real Madrid on penalties after their pre-season game finished 1-1 in Santa Clara.

Anthony Martial created Jesse Lingard’s first-half opener for United with a brilliant piece of skill on the left.

Casemiro levelled for Real from the penalty spot after United’s new £31m defender Victor Lindelof brought down Theo Hernandez with a rash challenge.

Seven out of 10 penalties were missed in the shootout, with Casemiro’s wild effort ensuring United edged it 2-1.

It was not a great night for Lindelof, who compounded his error during the game with a miss from the spot.

Another negative for United was Ander Herrera lasting only six minutes before going off with a hip injury.

They have now won all four of their matches in the United States and meet Barcelona in their final tour game in Washington on Wednesday.

Wales forward Gareth Bale started for Real in their first pre-season game.

They play Manchester City in Los Angeles on Wednesday before meeting Barcelona in Miami on Saturday.

Martial the mystery

Much of the noise around France forward Martial this summer has centred around him potentially being used as bait to lure Ivan Perisic to Manchester United from Inter Milan.

Considering Martial is 21 – seven years younger than Croatia winger Perisic – it would seem a strange move for United manager Jose Mourinho to agree to.

But Martial has had a largely inconsistent two years at Old Trafford and former United defender Gary Neville said in January the player needed to “realise his potential”.

Watching him weave past Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal, then roll a pass to Lingard for United’s opener as Raphael Varane closed in, it was easy to see why Mourinho’s predecessor, Louis van Gaal, sanctioned his £36m transfer two years ago.

Those are the sparks Martial must show more often.

The quiet number 10

It says a lot about midfielder Modric that, despite being one of the quiet men at Real Madrid, he has been given the number 10 shirt this season following the departure of James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich.

There is more than one way to make a noise though.

Modric does not pout or posture. He simply plays, simply.

He seems to see passes half a second before anyone else. And then he delivers them, accurately.

The former Tottenham player was only involved for 45 minutes at the Levi’s Stadium, but on three occasions he found team-mates with passes which, if they had been a bit sharper, they might have profited from.

Shambolic shootout

Ronald McDonald walked out with the teams prior to kick-off. It felt like he was taking part during a shambolic penalty shootout.

Martial set the tone by blazing the first kick way over. After two penalties each, the score was 0-0.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan finally scored for United, only for Lindelof to miss with their next kick.

Real were even worse. Only Quezada scored for them meaning United won when Casemiro blasted against the bar after Daley Blind’s unconvincing effort.

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Women's Euro 2017: England close to quarters after win over Spain

Fran Kirby

England benefitted from a bizarre refereeing decision to beat Spain and take a huge step towards the Women’s Euro 2017 quarter-finals.

Fran Kirby gave the Lionesses an early lead with a calm, low finish.

Spain were awarded a penalty late on when Ellen White was penalised for handball – only for referee Carina Vitulano to change her mind.

Jodie Taylor then scored her fourth in two games to seal the win, leaving the Lionesses needing a point to progress.

Mark Sampson’s side face Portugal on Thursday and are in a strong position to qualify from Group D.

Despite Spain dominating possession – they had 78% in total – England would have been in control much earlier had they not themselves been the victims of a bizarre decision by the officials.

Millie Bright’s header from a free-kick was disallowed for offside – but replays showed she and her team-mates were all comfortably onside.

More to follow.

England beat Spain – reaction

Scotland close to elimination after loss to Portugal – report

Line-ups

England Women

  • 1Bardsley
  • 2Bronze
  • 5Houghton
  • 16Bright
  • 3Stokes
  • 11Moore
  • 4Scott
  • 7Nobbs
  • 23KirbySubstituted forChristiansenat 69′minutes
  • 18WhiteSubstituted forDugganat 79′minutes
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forPotterat 89′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Potter
  • 8Christiansen
  • 10Williams
  • 13Chamberlain
  • 14Carney
  • 15Bassett
  • 17Parris
  • 19Duggan
  • 20Greenwood
  • 21Telford
  • 22Scott

Spain Women

  • 13Paños García-Villamil
  • 3Torrejón Moya
  • 5Pereira CejudoBooked at 69mins
  • 4Paredes HernándezBooked at 31mins
  • 15Meseguer Bellido
  • 7Corredera Rueda
  • 14Losada GómezSubstituted forGarcía Pérezat 73′minutes
  • 11Putellas Segura
  • 21OuahabiSubstituted forLatorre Viñalsat 89′minutes
  • 8Sampedro BustosSubstituted forTorrecilla Reyesat 89′minutes
  • 10Hermoso Fuentes

Substitutes

  • 1Gallardo Nunez
  • 2Jimenez Delgado
  • 6Torrecilla Reyes
  • 9Vilas Dono
  • 12Quiñones
  • 16López
  • 17García Pérez
  • 18Gonzalez Rodriguez
  • 19Latorre Viñals
  • 20León Cebrián
  • 22Caldentey Oliver
  • 23Nicart
Referee:
Carina Vitulano

Match Stats

Home TeamEngland WomenAway TeamSpain Women
Possession
Home22%
Away78%
Shots
Home4
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away9

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Match ends, England 2, Spain Women 0.

Full Time

Posted at90’+4′

Second Half ends, England 2, Spain Women 0.

Posted at90’+2′

Alexia Putellas (Spain Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at90’+2′

Foul by Jill Scott (England).

Posted at90’+1′

Jenni Hermoso (Spain Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at90’+1′

Foul by Jade Moore (England).

Substitution

Posted at89′

Substitution, Spain Women. Virginia Torrecilla replaces Amanda Sampedro.

Substitution

Posted at89′

Substitution, Spain Women. Bárbara replaces Leila Ouahabi.

Substitution

Posted at89′

Substitution, England. Jo Potter replaces Jodie Taylor.

Posted at88′

Alexia Putellas (Spain Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at88′

Foul by Jordan Nobbs (England).

Goal!

Posted at85′

Goal! England 2, Spain Women 0. Jodie Taylor (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Posted at84′

Foul by Jenni Hermoso (Spain Women).

Posted at84′

Jill Scott (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at82′

Foul by Marta Corredera (Spain Women).

Posted at82′

Isobel Christiansen (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at81′

Attempt missed. Jill Scott (England) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs.

Substitution

Posted at79′

Substitution, England. Toni Duggan replaces Ellen White.

Posted at77′

Olga García (Spain Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at77′

Foul by Jill Scott (England).

Substitution

Posted at73′

Substitution, Spain Women. Olga García replaces Vicky Losada.

Posted at71′

Leila Ouahabi (Spain Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at71′

Foul by Jordan Nobbs (England).

Posted at71′

Offside, England. Jade Moore tries a through ball, but Jodie Taylor is caught offside.

Posted at70′

Vicky Losada (Spain Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at70′

Foul by Millie Bright (England).

Substitution

Posted at69′

Substitution, England. Isobel Christiansen replaces Francesca Kirby.

Booking

Posted at69′

Andrea Pereira (Spain Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted at69′

Foul by Andrea Pereira (Spain Women).

Posted at69′

Jodie Taylor (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at65′

Corner, Spain Women. Conceded by Millie Bright.

Posted at65′

Attempt blocked. Marta Corredera (Spain Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Posted at63′

Corner, Spain Women. Conceded by Karen Bardsley.

Posted at60′

Attempt blocked. Alexia Putellas (Spain Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Amanda Sampedro.

Posted at54′

Vicky Losada (Spain Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at54′

Foul by Millie Bright (England).

Posted at53′

Foul by Irene Paredes (Spain Women).

Posted at53′

Jordan Nobbs (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Posted at51′

Irene Paredes (Spain Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at51′

Foul by Jodie Taylor (England).

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Scotland on brink of Euro 2017 elimination

Portugal Women celebrate Ana Leite's goal

A defeat by Portugal means Scotland need rivals England to beat Spain on Sunday evening to retain a slim hope of advancing from Euro 2017 Group D.

Lana Clelland had quandered a simple chance for Scotland before Carolina Mendes pounced on a Vaila Barsley mistake to score after 27 minutes.

Substitute Erin Cuthbert curled in a cracking equaliser for Scotland.

Ana Leite replied quickly for Portugal, with a Caroline Weir effort that hit the post Scotland’s closest response.

The match in Rotterdam was one Anna Signeul’s team really had to win to have a chance of progressing from the group.

They play Spain in their final game on Thursday, with the top two sides from each group progressing to the quarter-finals.

Erin Cuthbert gave Scotland hope with a well-worked goal in 68 minutes<!–

Portugal, like Scotland, are playing in their first major finals, but they are ranked 38th in the world, 17 places below their opponents and had not beaten the Scots in 23 years.

Scotland head coach Signeul had said before kick-off that her team would play at a high tempo and focus on attacking Francisco Neto’s team, who were beaten 2-0 by Spain in their opening game.

And her players began smartly, with Lisa Evans running at the Portugal defence and drawing a booking in the first minute for Carole Costa when she was hauled down.

Scotland were in control and enjoying the bulk of possession, with full-backs Rachel McLauchlan and Kirsty Smith advancing when the opportunity presented itself, and wide midfielder Fiona Brown threatening down the left wing.

But they spurned the simplest of chances when Weir’s curler from the edge of the box was parried by Portugal goalkeeper Patricia Morais and Clelland, somehow, completely missed what ought to have been a tap-in from six yards.

Clelland, in the team as a replacement for the injured Jane Ross, immediately spun on to her left and hit the post with her subsequent effort but her pained expression told its own story.

Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay watches on as Ana Leite's shot finds the back of the net for Portugal's second<!–

She had another chance to score when Brown’s cross was headed in her direction but she used her arm to control the ball and was penalised.

With Scotland in control, the game swung when Portugal scored in their first attack of note.

McLauchlan was unable to match the pace down the left wing of Diana Silva, whose cross was deflected towards Barsley. The Scotland defender miscued her clearance leaving Mendes the straightforward task of slipping the ball past the advancing Gemma Fay.

The goal transformed the Portugal team, orchestrated by their captain Claudia Neto. Suddenly, their passing was more accurate, their touch more assured.

That carried on into the second half, which was nine minutes old when Clelland was replaced by Chelsea midfielder Cuthbert.

Leanne Crichton smashed a drive wide of the target from 25 yards as Scotland pushed for the leveller.

If their previous attempts lacked guile, that could not be said of the equaliser.

Though surrounded by Portuguese players, 19-year-old Cuthbert managed to slide the ball to Weir and run on to the Liverpool midfielder’s clever return before curling the ball around Morais.

Portugal responded bravely, with Silva’s searing pace leaving McLauchlan in trouble. Her cutback was met by Mendes who knocked it past Fay’s right-hand post.

But they quickly re-established their lead when a simple kick-out from Morais was head-flicked on, cutting through the dark blue defence. Barsley could not match the run by Leite and the Leverkusen striker dispatched the ball past Fay within two minutes of coming on as a substitute.

Scotland fought desperately, knowing that a point was the minimum that would give them a realistic hope of advancing.

Weir cracked a shot off the post and a last-gasp corner gave them hope but, ultimately, they fell to the lowest-ranked team in the tournament.

Line-ups

Scotland Women

  • 1Fay
  • 18McLauchlanSubstituted forLoveat 82′minutes
  • 4Dieke
  • 2Barsley
  • 20Smith
  • 14CorsieBooked at 74mins
  • 11Evans
  • 10Crichton
  • 9Weir
  • 22BrownSubstituted forLauderat 67′minutes
  • 19ClellandSubstituted forCuthbertat 54′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Murray
  • 5Ross
  • 6Love
  • 7Lauder
  • 8Cuthbert
  • 12Lynn
  • 13Ross
  • 15Howard
  • 16Murray
  • 17Brown
  • 21Alexander
  • 23Arthur

Portugal Women

  • 12Sousa Barros MoraisBooked at 86mins
  • 9Marques Borges
  • 4García RebeloBooked at 76mins
  • 15da Silva CostaBooked at 2mins
  • 14Jácome Silva
  • 11Ferreira Pinto
  • 17Marques
  • 19Da CostaSubstituted forLira Piresat 76′minutes
  • 7Pires NetoBooked at 89mins
  • 18Trindade Coruche MendesSubstituted forOliveira Leiteat 70′minutes
  • 16Abreu Sousa SilvaBooked at 47minsSubstituted forRamos Luísat 90+2′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Marreiros
  • 2Amaral Mendes
  • 3Pega Infante
  • 5Veiga Santiago Fidalgo
  • 6Alexandra Norton
  • 8Ramos Luís
  • 10Oliveira Leite
  • 13Figueira Pinto
  • 20Lira Pires
  • 21Ribeiro Gomes
  • 22Campos Costa
  • 23Antunes
Referee:
Katalin Kulcsár

Match Stats

Home TeamScotland WomenAway TeamPortugal Women
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away12

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Match ends, Scotland Women 1, Portugal Women 2.

Full Time

Posted at90’+5′

Second Half ends, Scotland Women 1, Portugal Women 2.

Posted at90’+5′

Patricia Morais (Portugal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at90’+5′

Foul by Rachel Corsie (Scotland Women).

Posted at90’+5′

Corner, Scotland Women. Conceded by Silvia Rebelo.

Posted at90’+4′

Offside, Portugal Women. Ana Leite tries a through ball, but Laura Luís is caught offside.

Posted at90’+4′

Attempt saved. Suzane Pires (Portugal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Laura Luís.

Posted at90’+3′

Attempt missed. Ana Leite (Portugal Women) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Vanessa Marques.

Posted at90’+3′

Attempt missed. Leanne Crichton (Scotland Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kirsty Smith.

Posted at90’+2′

Attempt saved. Cláudia Neto (Portugal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dolores Silva.

Substitution

Posted at90’+2′

Substitution, Portugal Women. Laura Luís replaces Diana Silva.

Posted at90′

Cláudia Neto (Portugal Women).

Posted at90′

Joanne Love (Scotland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Posted at89′

Cláudia Neto (Portugal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted at89′

Foul by Cláudia Neto (Portugal Women).

Posted at89′

Rachel Corsie (Scotland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at87′

Offside, Scotland Women. Rachel Corsie tries a through ball, but Erin Cuthbert is caught offside.

Booking

Posted at86′

Patricia Morais (Portugal Women) is shown the yellow card.

Posted at85′

Caroline Weir (Scotland Women) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Posted at84′

Attempt missed. Ana Leite (Portugal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Posted at83′

Corner, Portugal Women. Conceded by Ifeoma Dieke.

Posted at83′

Attempt blocked. Suzane Pires (Portugal Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ana Leite.

Posted at82′

Vanessa Marques (Portugal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at82′

Foul by Joanne Love (Scotland Women).

Substitution

Posted at82′

Substitution, Scotland Women. Joanne Love replaces Rachel McLauchlan.

Posted at81′

Foul by Ana Leite (Portugal Women).

Posted at81′

Erin Cuthbert (Scotland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at80′

Ana Borges (Portugal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Posted at80′

Foul by Kirsty Smith (Scotland Women).

Posted at79′

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Posted at78′

Delay in match Patricia Morais (Portugal Women) because of an injury.

Booking

Posted at76′

Silvia Rebelo (Portugal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted at76′

Foul by Silvia Rebelo (Portugal Women).

Posted at76′

Erin Cuthbert (Scotland Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Posted at76′

Substitution, Portugal Women. Suzane Pires replaces Amanda Da Costa.

Booking

Posted at74′

Rachel Corsie (Scotland Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted at74′

Diana Silva (Portugal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at74′

Foul by Rachel Corsie (Scotland Women).

Goal!

Posted at72′

Goal! Scotland Women 1, Portugal Women 2. Ana Leite (Portugal Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Amanda Da Costa with a through ball.

Posted at71′

Attempt missed. Vaila Barsley (Scotland Women) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Caroline Weir following a set piece situation.

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Scotland on brink of Euro 2017 elimination

Portugal Women celebrate Ana Leite's goal

A defeat by Portugal means Scotland need rivals England to beat Spain on Sunday evening to retain a slim hope of advancing from Euro 2017 Group D.

Lana Clelland had quandered a simple chance for Scotland before Carolina Mendes pounced on a Vaila Barsley mistake to score after 27 minutes.

Substitute Erin Cuthbert curled in a cracking equaliser for Scotland.

Ana Leite replied quickly for Portugal, with a Caroline Weir effort that hit the post Scotland’s closest response.

The match in Rotterdam was one Anna Signeul’s team really had to win to have a chance of progressing from the group.

They play Spain in their final game on Thursday, with the top two sides from each group progressing to the quarter-finals.

Erin Cuthbert gave Scotland hope with a well-worked goal in 68 minutes<!–

Portugal, like Scotland, are playing in their first major finals, but they are ranked 38th in the world, 17 places below their opponents and had not beaten the Scots in 23 years.

Scotland head coach Signeul had said before kick-off that her team would play at a high tempo and focus on attacking Francisco Neto’s team, who were beaten 2-0 by Spain in their opening game.

And her players began smartly, with Lisa Evans running at the Portugal defence and drawing a booking in the first minute for Carole Costa when she was hauled down.

Scotland were in control and enjoying the bulk of possession, with full-backs Rachel McLauchlan and Kirsty Smith advancing when the opportunity presented itself, and wide midfielder Fiona Brown threatening down the left wing.

But they spurned the simplest of chances when Weir’s curler from the edge of the box was parried by Portugal goalkeeper Patricia Morais and Clelland, somehow, completely missed what ought to have been a tap-in from six yards.

Clelland, in the team as a replacement for the injured Jane Ross, immediately spun on to her left and hit the post with her subsequent effort but her pained expression told its own story.

Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay watches on as Ana Leite's shot finds the back of the net for Portugal's second<!–

She had another chance to score when Brown’s cross was headed in her direction but she used her arm to control the ball and was penalised.

With Scotland in control, the game swung when Portugal scored in their first attack of note.

McLauchlan was unable to match the pace down the left wing of Diana Silva, whose cross was deflected towards Barsley. The Scotland defender miscued her clearance leaving Mendes the straightforward task of slipping the ball past the advancing Gemma Fay.

The goal transformed the Portugal team, orchestrated by their captain Claudia Neto. Suddenly, their passing was more accurate, their touch more assured.

That carried on into the second half, which was nine minutes old when Clelland was replaced by Chelsea midfielder Cuthbert.

Leanne Crichton smashed a drive wide of the target from 25 yards as Scotland pushed for the leveller.

If their previous attempts lacked guile, that could not be said of the equaliser.

Though surrounded by Portuguese players, 19-year-old Cuthbert managed to slide the ball to Weir and run on to the Liverpool midfielder’s clever return before curling the ball around Morais.

Portugal responded bravely, with Silva’s searing pace leaving McLauchlan in trouble. Her cutback was met by Mendes who knocked it past Fay’s right-hand post.

But they quickly re-established their lead when a simple kick-out from Morais was head-flicked on, cutting through the dark blue defence. Barsley could not match the run by Leite and the Leverkusen striker dispatched the ball past Fay within two minutes of coming on as a substitute.

Scotland fought desperately, knowing that a point was the minimum that would give them a realistic hope of advancing.

Weir cracked a shot off the post and a last-gasp corner gave them hope but, ultimately, they fell to the lowest-ranked team in the tournament.

Line-ups

Scotland Women

  • 1Fay
  • 18McLauchlanSubstituted forLoveat 82′minutes
  • 4Dieke
  • 2Barsley
  • 20Smith
  • 14CorsieBooked at 74mins
  • 11Evans
  • 10Crichton
  • 9Weir
  • 22BrownSubstituted forLauderat 67′minutes
  • 19ClellandSubstituted forCuthbertat 54′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Murray
  • 5Ross
  • 6Love
  • 7Lauder
  • 8Cuthbert
  • 12Lynn
  • 13Ross
  • 15Howard
  • 16Murray
  • 17Brown
  • 21Alexander
  • 23Arthur

Portugal Women

  • 12Sousa Barros MoraisBooked at 86mins
  • 9Marques Borges
  • 4García RebeloBooked at 76mins
  • 15da Silva CostaBooked at 2mins
  • 14Jácome Silva
  • 11Ferreira Pinto
  • 17Marques
  • 19Da CostaSubstituted forLira Piresat 76′minutes
  • 7Pires NetoBooked at 89mins
  • 18Trindade Coruche MendesSubstituted forOliveira Leiteat 70′minutes
  • 16Abreu Sousa SilvaBooked at 47minsSubstituted forRamos Luísat 90+2′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Marreiros
  • 2Amaral Mendes
  • 3Pega Infante
  • 5Veiga Santiago Fidalgo
  • 6Alexandra Norton
  • 8Ramos Luís
  • 10Oliveira Leite
  • 13Figueira Pinto
  • 20Lira Pires
  • 21Ribeiro Gomes
  • 22Campos Costa
  • 23Antunes
Referee:
Katalin Kulcsár

Match Stats

Home TeamScotland WomenAway TeamPortugal Women
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

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Match ends, Scotland Women 1, Portugal Women 2.

Full Time

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Second Half ends, Scotland Women 1, Portugal Women 2.

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Patricia Morais (Portugal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Rachel Corsie (Scotland Women).

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Corner, Scotland Women. Conceded by Silvia Rebelo.

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Offside, Portugal Women. Ana Leite tries a through ball, but Laura Luís is caught offside.

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Attempt saved. Suzane Pires (Portugal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Laura Luís.

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Attempt missed. Ana Leite (Portugal Women) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Vanessa Marques.

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Attempt missed. Leanne Crichton (Scotland Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kirsty Smith.

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Attempt saved. Cláudia Neto (Portugal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dolores Silva.

Substitution

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Substitution, Portugal Women. Laura Luís replaces Diana Silva.

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Cláudia Neto (Portugal Women).

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Joanne Love (Scotland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

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Cláudia Neto (Portugal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted at89′

Foul by Cláudia Neto (Portugal Women).

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Rachel Corsie (Scotland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Offside, Scotland Women. Rachel Corsie tries a through ball, but Erin Cuthbert is caught offside.

Booking

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Patricia Morais (Portugal Women) is shown the yellow card.

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Caroline Weir (Scotland Women) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

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Attempt missed. Ana Leite (Portugal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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Corner, Portugal Women. Conceded by Ifeoma Dieke.

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Attempt blocked. Suzane Pires (Portugal Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ana Leite.

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Vanessa Marques (Portugal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by Joanne Love (Scotland Women).

Substitution

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Substitution, Scotland Women. Joanne Love replaces Rachel McLauchlan.

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Foul by Ana Leite (Portugal Women).

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Erin Cuthbert (Scotland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Ana Borges (Portugal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Foul by Kirsty Smith (Scotland Women).

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Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Posted at78′

Delay in match Patricia Morais (Portugal Women) because of an injury.

Booking

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Silvia Rebelo (Portugal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Foul by Silvia Rebelo (Portugal Women).

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Erin Cuthbert (Scotland Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

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Substitution, Portugal Women. Suzane Pires replaces Amanda Da Costa.

Booking

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Rachel Corsie (Scotland Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Diana Silva (Portugal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Rachel Corsie (Scotland Women).

Goal!

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Goal! Scotland Women 1, Portugal Women 2. Ana Leite (Portugal Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Amanda Da Costa with a through ball.

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Attempt missed. Vaila Barsley (Scotland Women) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Caroline Weir following a set piece situation.

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