Wales v Scotland: the Pinatar Cup kicks off in Spain
|Place: San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia Dated: Wednesday February 16 To start up: 2:30 p.m. GMT|
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Scotland begin their Pinatar Cup defense in Spain on Wednesday by facing Wales in the quarter-finals.
Under Shelley Kerr – who has since been replaced by Pedro Martinez Losa – the Scots won a four-team tournament in 2020 in its first year, but the numbers have doubled this time.
Slovakia or Belgium await the winners, with the Republic of Ireland also potential opponents in the final.
Scotland won 1-0 when they last met Wales in June 2021.
Erin Cuthbert was the goalscorer in that Llanelli friendly, but she is injured this time – the Chelsea midfielder set to drop out of the squad along with goalkeeper Chloe Logan.
Hibernian defender Leah Eddie and Celtic goalkeeper Rachel Johnstone have been drafted.
Scotland and Wales are second in their respective qualifying groups for the 2023 World Cup. Martinez Losa’s side are preparing for an away game against Ukraine – their main rivals for the second place behind Spain – in April.
Wales head coach Gemma Grainger has announced a 26-man squad as she tries to build on the momentum from a strong start.
Rachel Rowe is back in the squad after missing matches in the October and November international windows through injury.
Helen Ward and Laura O’Sullivan are closing in on their 100th and 50th caps respectively with O’Sullivan set for his 50th cap against Scotland.
Wales head coach Gemma Grainger: “There are three games in six days, which naturally brings a lot of preparation to execute what we want in these games.
“But I think this camp will have a different feel. It will be a bit more relaxed in terms of our discussions about what we did well and what we need to improve.
“We are playing in a tournament where the majority of the teams are ranked higher than us, so this gives us another opportunity to see where we are and also to determine what plan will be most effective in helping us in the game. [World Cup qualifying] countryside.”
Scotland head coach Pedro Martinez Losa“We want to continue to develop our game philosophy and our player development plans. To build the identity of this team.
“This time with the players it will be great. I want it to be like a family.
“We still have to go through these experiences together – the good times and the bad – because that’s what brings you together, but in all three camps so far we have tried to give them a clear direction on how we want to get things done.
“Wales are a team that are improving all the time and this will be a great first test for us.”