Thursday, October 30, 2008

Russian Women advance to Euro 2009

Russia's Women's team advance to the UEFA Women'S EURO 2009 after getting by a hearty group from Scotland. Following a 3-2 victory over Scotland in Edinburgh the second leg returned to Nalchik and although Scotland put up a great front winning 2-1, Russia advances per the "away goal" rule.

Unfortunately for the Scots they fell victim to an unfortunate own goal of Ifeoma Dieke's twenty minutes after the opening whistle as she was trying to clear a Olga Petrova cross. The Tartan charge was lead by none other than Pauline Hamill. The great Hibernian striker dug-in and pulled a goal back twenty minutes after the break and a further with five minutes remaining, however Russia was able to hold on and now advances to Finland next summer.

Results from Spain - Netherlands and Iceland - Republic of Ireland are yet to be completed, however Ukraine and Italy have made it through to the finals as well.