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."
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