Spain 8-0 Scotland: Visitors fall to huge defeat in World Cup qualifying

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Hermoso Fuentes, Aitana Bonmati and Alexia Putellas were all on the scoresheetHermoso Fuentes, Aitana Bonmati and Alexia Putellas were all on the scoresheet

Scotland's unbeaten start to their Women's World Cup qualifying campaign came to a painful end as rampant Spain put eight past them in Seville.

Women's Ballon D'or winner Alexia Putellas and runner-up Hermoso Fuentes netted, with Amaiur Sarriegi Isasa, Aitana Bonmati and Mariona Caldentey Oliver each scoring twice.

Abi Harrison hit the crossbar for Scotland before the hosts made their superiority count and Pedro Martinez Losa's side stay second in Group B, now five points behind Spain.

The Scots have a four-point gap to Hungary, who beat Ukraine 4-2 at home to move third.

Had it not been for the heroics of goalkeeper Lee Alexander, Scotland would have suffered an even heavier defeat, with Spain extending their astonishing winning run to 16 games and 96 goals scored without conceding.

Reaction & as it happened

Scotland's daunting task was amplified pre-match when Barcelona midfielder Putellas proudly showed off the Ballon D'or trophy she had won the previous day in Paris.

The visitors were inches from claiming a shock lead as Harrison - the last-gasp hero against Ukraine on Friday - pounced on a stray pass in the Spain box to thump a shot against the crossbar.

That was as good as it got for the visitors on Martinez Losa's miserable return to his homeland.

Spain had already gone close a couple of times when their relentless pressure paid off in the 20th minute as Sarriegi Isasa planted a header beyond Lee Alexander from Leila Ouahabi's cross.

The pick of Alexander's raft of first-half saves saw her thwart Caldentey Oliver with a brilliant point-blank save.

Alexander blotted her heroics moments later, though, when she got a hand to Caldentey Oliver's 25-yard drive but could not prevent it nestling in the net.

And Scotland were again culpable for the third before half-time. Sophie Howard's header hit Nicola Docherty and landed between the pair. While they hesitated, Bonamti steamed in and rattled a shot past Alexander.

Martinez Losa made a triple change at half-time - Harrison, Caroline Weir and Lisa Robertson made way for Christie Murray, Christy Grimshaw and Lucy Graham - but his team buckled with their deficit doubled in a dizzying six-minute spell.

Again, unforced errors were ruthlessly punished, with Howard's failure to clear her lines allowing Sarriegi Isasa to stab the ball over the line.

Bonmati also added her second, beating Alexander at the third attempt, before Putellas got in on the act with a smart finish from a cutback.

Alexander made another miraculous stop, sticking out a leg to foil Ona Batlle, as the chances kept mounting. Spain added two more goals in the final 10 minutes as Hermoso curled in at the far corner after Scotland were caught in possession and Caldentey Oliver wrapped up the rout after the hosts struck the bar.

Player of the match - Aitana Bonmati

The midfielder upstaged her Barcelona colleague Alexia Putellas with a mesmerising performance and goal in each halfThe midfielder upstaged her Barcelona colleague Alexia Putellas with a mesmerising performance and goal in each half

What did we learn?

This was always going to be a damage limitation job for Scotland against one of the most fearsome teams in the world who are at in breathtaking form.

But the visitors made life even more difficult for themselves with some sloppy mistakes that gifted the hosts at least three goals.

Still, second place - the play-off spot that goes with it - remains the aim, and Hungary's shock win over Ukraine is a welcome result for Scotland's hopes.

What did they say?

Scotland manager Pedro Martinez Losa: "Spain is the best football team in the world. We are planning to progress and we are still in the race for qualification to the World Cup, so nothing changes.

"When other teams lose as much as they do against this team, we know it's nothing to do with the tactics and it's down to the level of the opponent."

What's next?

Scotland resume in April with a double-header away to Ukraine and at home to Spain before ending the qualification campaign in the Faroe Islands in September.

Line-ups

Spain

Formation 4-3-3

13Paños2Batlle20Pereira4Paredes15OuahabiSubstituted forCarmonaat 66'minutes6Bonmatí12Guijarro GutiérrezSubstituted forAndrésat 66'minutesBooked at 82mins14PutellasSubstituted forGarcíaat 84'minutes17SarriegiSubstituted forGonzálezat 74'minutes10Hermoso Fuentes8Caldentey Oliver

Substitutes

1Gallardo Núñez3Abelleira5Andrés7Guerrero9González11Redondo16Aleixandri18Carmona19Torrodà21García22Del Castillo23Rodríguez

Scotland

Formation 4-3-3

1Alexander2McLauchlanSubstituted forRossat 74'minutes4Corsie15Howard3Docherty8Boyle22Cuthbert6RobertsonSubstituted forGrahamat 45'minutes11EvansSubstituted forClellandat 81'minutes9WeirSubstituted forMurrayat 45'minutes18HarrisonSubstituted forGrimshawat 45'minutes

Substitutes

5Bowie7Grimshaw10Graham12Fife13Ross14Arthur16Murray17Muir19Clelland20Clark21Cumings23Arnot

Live Text

Match ends, Spain 8, Scotland 0.

Second Half ends, Spain 8, Scotland 0.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Rachael Boyle.

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

Foul by Lucy Graham (Scotland).

Attempt missed. Esther González (Spain) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Irene Paredes with a through ball.

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

Foul by Erin Cuthbert (Scotland).

Attempt saved. Mariona (Spain) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Olga Carmona.

Attempt missed. Mariona (Spain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution, Spain. Lucía García replaces Alexia Putellas.

Goal! Spain 8, Scotland 0. Esther González (Spain) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mariona.

Aitana Bonmatí (Spain) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Ivana Andrés (Spain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ivana Andrés (Spain).

Jane Ross (Scotland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution, Scotland. Lana Clelland replaces Lisa Evans.

Goal! Spain 7, Scotland 0. Jenni Hermoso (Spain) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Ona Batlle (Spain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Olga Carmona.

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

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