Women's World Cup Qualifying
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Scotland Women 3-0 Poland Women

By Amy MacBeathBBC Sport Scotland at St Mirren Park
Scotland's Zoe Ness stoops to score against Poland
Durham striker Zoe Ness broke the deadlock for Scotland in Paisley

Scotland breathed new life into their World Cup qualifying campaign with three late goals against Poland.

Ewa Pajor tormented the Scotland defence as Poland impressed on the break in the first half.

Lee Alexander saved a second-half Pajor penalty before Paulina Dudek's second yellow card turned the game.

Claire Emslie supplied the low cross for Zoe Ness to head home, and added the second after a fine run before Erin Cuthbert scored a third.

Until Dudek's departure, it looked like an ineffective Scotland would suffer a second blow in a week, having lost 1-0 in Switzerland on Thursday.

But the win lifts Shelley Kerr's side into second in Group 2, two points above Poland and six adrift of leaders Switzerland with a game in hand over both.

Scotland's Claire Emslie and Erin Cuthbert celebrate
Claire Emslie and Erin Cuthbert both scored for Scotland

The large contingent of Poland fans found their voice in Paisley as Pajor sent an early drive wide then forced a fine late block from Scotland captain Rachel Corsie.

Kerr brought Emslie and Fiona Brown into her starting line-up, the two wingers having scored in the last fixture at St Mirren Park - a 5-0 win over Albania.

And Emslie produced Scotland's only real moment of attacking promise in the first half with a drive that skimmed the crossbar.

Poland remained the more dangerous and Katarzyna Daleszczyk volleyed over.

After an hour, Poland were awarded a soft penalty when the ball brushed the hand of Joanne Love, but Alexander denied Pajor.

Poland's Paulina Dudek is shown the red card
Paulina Dudek was sent off after being shown two yellow cards

Player of the match Alexander gathered an Agatha Gusciora strike shortly after.

Midfielder Little had a thunderous strike blocked by an unwitting defender, but Poland looked comfortable until being reduced to 10 players with 14 minutes remaining when Dudek took out Emslie.

The breakthrough came 11 minutes from time as substitute Ness dived to head home a low Emslie cross.

Emslie then weaved into the penalty box before delivering low into the corner with some composure to increase the lead.

Scotland were not finished yet and another substitute, midfielder Cuthbert, shrugged off a challenge before finding the net.

They must win all their remaining qualifiers, including a return fixture against Switzerland, if they are to remain in contention for a place at the World Cup for the first time.

Line-ups

Scotland

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alexander
  • 11Evans
  • 4Corsie
  • 5Beattie
  • 3Mitchell
  • 8Little
  • 6LoveSubstituted forNessat 57'minutes
  • 9Weir
  • 18Emslie
  • 13Ross
  • 20BrownSubstituted forCuthbertat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lauder
  • 12Lynn
  • 14Arthur
  • 15Howard
  • 16Murray
  • 19Ness
  • 22Cuthbert

Poland

  • 1Kiedrzynek
  • 18GradSubstituted forBalcerzakat 80'minutes
  • 14Siwinska
  • 7Gusciora
  • 3DudekBooked at 76mins
  • 5SikoraBooked at 82mins
  • 11Kamczyk
  • 17Daleszczyk
  • 21WiankowskaSubstituted forJedrzejewiczat 72'minutes
  • 15Winczo
  • 9Pajor

Substitutes

  • 4Matysik
  • 6Jaszek
  • 10Tarczynska
  • 12Szymanska
  • 13Balcerzak
  • 19Salata
  • 20Jedrzejewicz
Referee:
Dr. Riem Hussein
Attendance:
2,121

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 10th April 2018

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England54101701713
2Wales532030311
3Football Union of Russia42119727
4Bos-Herze5104313-103
5Kazakhstan5005012-120

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland55001531215
2Scotland430110289
3Poland521210827
4Albania7115520-154
5Belarus5104310-73

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands54101501513
2R. of Ireland531163310
3Norway4301133109
4Northern Ireland5104417-133
5Slovakia5005318-150

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden44001411312
2Denmark430111479
3Ukraine42115237
4Hungary6114719-124
5Croatia6024415-112

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany65012832515
2Iceland54101931613
3Czech Republic521213677
4Slovenia5104516-113
5Faroe Islands5005037-370

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy66001521318
2Belgium53111851310
3Portugal41129364
4Romania511358-34
5Moldova6015231-291

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain55001511415
2Austria52127617
3Finland42115237
4Serbia621358-37
5Israel6015015-151
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