Scotland coach Shelley Kerr remained upbeat despite seeing the women’s World Cup debutants slump to their second defeat in as many outings at the tournament as they lost 2-1 to Japan on Friday.

The circumstances of the defeat in Rennes were almost identical to their loss by the same scoreline against England at the weekend – the concession of a penalty contributing to a two-goal halftime deficit, before a late rally saw them reduce the arrears but fall short of finding an equaliser.

“I thought for most of the second half we were terrific and finished really strongly,” said Kerr, who saw Lana Clelland come off the bench to get Scotland’s goal.

“I am immensely proud of the players because it is their first World Cup, playing against England and then Japan and you narrowly lose to both, so we need to build on it, we need to rest again and get ready for a big game against Argentina.”( Read More ) [via @SuperSportTV]

By Ian Dei

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