Russian Showdown At Tynecastle On Sunday

Scotland take on Russia on Sunday at Tynecastle in their first ever UEFA Women's EURO play-off. The tie will be decided over two legs and Scotland will want to make best use of home advantage before heading to Russia for the second leg on 30 October. The winners will progress to the EURO2009 finals in Finland next August. Women head coach Anna Signeul said: "It was the worst possible draw, but we are up for this challenge. We played them in the Cyprus Cup in March and we lost 3-2, but we were very close in that game. It is the first time we have been at this level and it would be absolutely fantastic if we could go through. As one of our players said, being in this play-off means we are just 180 minutes from the European Championships and that is thrilling."

Scotland squad:

Goalkeepers
Gemma Fay (Hibernian LFC)
Joanna Hutchison (Spartans FC)

Defenders
Frankie Brown (Hibernian LFC)
Ifeoma Dieke (Kristianstads DFF)
Julie Ferguson (Celtic LFC)
Rhonda Jones (Hibernian LFC)
Michelle Kerr (Spartans FC)
Amy McDonald (FC Kilmarnock)
Leanne Ross (Glasgow City LFC)

Midfield
Jennifer Beattie (Celtic LFC)
Joanne Love (Celtic LFC)
Kirsty McBride (Hibernian LFC)
Natalie Ross (Arsenal LFC)
Megan Sneddon (Glasgow City LFC)

Forwards
Diana Barry (Spartans FC) - 1st leg only
Hayley Cunningham (Celtic LFC) - 1st leg only
Julie Fleeting (Arsenal LFC) - 2nd leg only
Suzanne Grant (Hibernian LFC)
Pauline Hamill (Celtic LFC)
Kim Little (Arsenal LFC)

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