Pedro Losa and his Scotland team took on the Netherlands on Friday in the Women’s Nations League. Without Erin Cuthbert, Caroline Weir or Sam Kerr, the Scots hoped to defy the odds and return to winning ways. But first, they had to ride the wave of Orange and drown out the noise that Andries Jonker’s football creates.
From the first whistle, the Dutch started off strong, setting the tempo for the game. Their constant efforts to get the ball forward paid off early, with Danielle van de Donk grabbing the opening goal just 12 minutes in. A simple cross into the box was met by the forward at Lee Gibson’s front post and neatly slotted home.
The early goal was the push that Scotland needed. Afterwards, most of the action came from a sea of blue shirts. The pressure almost paid off in the form of a Daphne van Domselaar mistake. A forward ball from Kirsty Hanson looked like an easy pick-up for the home goalkeeper. Fortunately for the Netherlands, Claire Emslie slipped before she could equalise for her side.
Just past the half-hour mark, Esmee Brugts doubled the Dutch lead. A poor clearance from Sophie Howard gifted Brugts with the perfect opportunity to smash a right-footed effort into Gibson’s net.
Despite the scoreline, there were plenty of positives for Losa to build on for the second half. But if we know anything about the Netherlands, it’s that they won’t take their foot off the gas.Embed from Getty Images
Earning her 100th cap for Scotland, Lisa Evans came on to replace Kirsty MacLean for the last 45. Emslie also made way for Fiona Brown.
It didn’t take long for the Oranje to make it three. With 52 minutes gone, skipper Sherida Spitse sliced through the Scotland defence with a beautifully weighted pass from distance. Cool, calm and collected, Lineth Beerensteyn lofted her effort over Glasgow City’s number one. From here on out, the former European Champions were in full control.
Less than 20 minutes from her first of the night, Beerensteyn added her second and the Netherlands’ fourth. After peeling off the shoulder of Aston Villa’s Rachel Corsie, she headed a pinpoint cross into the ground, giving Gibson no chance.Embed from Getty Images
Scotland were now just limiting damage, hoping not to increase their goal difference. But with the game now put to bed, Losa brought youngsters Jenna Clark, Jamie-lee Napier and Lauren Davidson on from the bench. The real party started in Goffertstadion when Dutch royalty Vivianne Miedema stepped over the white line for her country for the first time in 310 days.
Finally, the end whistle blew, and the game finished Netherlands 4-0 Scotland. It was a standard performance for the Dutch but a disappointing night for the travelling Scottish side.