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Scottish optimism for nought as they fall short in crunch Women's World Cup game against Japan

Scottish optimism counted for little after they came up short against Japan in the Women's World Cup.

After falling behind to two first-half goals, Scotland rallied in the second half to grab a late lifeline through Lana Clelland.

But it was not enough and now the Scots face a tough fight to grab third spot in their group and a last chance to make it through to the last 16 as one of the four best third-placed sides.

Scotland are currently ranked 20th in the world and despite coming off the back of a defeat to England, fans were hopeful the "grit" displayed in the second half of that match would transfer into the tie against Japan.

Despite losing the match, Scotland put in a strong performance against England. Credit: PA

The team are embarking on their first World Cup, but what the team may lack in experience at this level, the players and fans are fighting to make up for in determination.

One fan told ITV News: "The way they played against England, they were fantastic and if they do the same (against Japan) they'll do it."

Another said: "I think after that show in the second half against England we showed our grit and I think we're not going to be scared now, we're going to go out there and we're going to attack from the start.

"One goal, settle the team and I think it'll be a 2-1 win."

Many team members are now full-time professional players - a big change from when their head coach won her first cap.

In 1989, Shelly Kerr played for her country whilst working for the Japanese company Mitsubishi on their Scottish production line.

She said: ''We are going to face a very competent Japanese team that are technically very good players. Their movement is incredible so our game plan changes in terms of how we combat that.''