Chelsea Women’s Erin Cuthbert was part of a historic night for the Scotland side as they stunned Brazil in a warm-up clash.
Scotland recorded a famous victory against the 10th ranked in the world, Brazil, in their second World Cup warm-up friendly in Murcia in Spain.
Erin Cuthbert was once again a key part of Scotland’s team and almost scored her second goal of the week after 33 minutes when she capitalised on hesitancy from the Brazilian defence. She picked up the loose ball and charged through on goal, but dragged her shot just marginally wide of the post.
Five minutes later, Arsenal’s Kim Little made the break-through. She burst forward from the edge of the Scotland box, passed to Lizzie Arnot who dashed down the right wing, beat her player and delivered a glorious ball into the no.8 to slot in from close-range.
Their opponents have a number of world-class players including Marta, who has been named the world’s top female player on six occasions and plays her domestic football at Orlando Pride, plus Formiga, who the Blues know well from our recent Champions League quarter-final clash against Paris Saint-Germain.
Although Brazil could not find the net, they were still a threat and went close on numerous occasions – hitting the woodwork twice and having a goal harshly disallowed in the first 45 minutes.
However, all credit goes to Scotland for an impressive display against the samba stars, creating good chances in the first half and defending well after the break.
Shelley Kerr's side are now unbeaten in their past four outings and take on Jamaica at Hampden on 28 May before setting off for the finals in France. Cuthbert and Scotland make their World Cup debut against England on 9 June, with Japan and Argentina making up Group D.
Yesterday, Carly Telford withdrew from the England squad ahead of their second warm-up friendly against Spain. The Blues goalkeeper sustained a concussion in training and will not now be available for the rest of the Lionesses camp. This follows the FA’s concussion guidelines in managing her return to play.