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Scotland Women's World Cup blow despite victory

Emma Mitchell, right, is dejected at full-time
Emma Mitchell, right, is dejected at full-time

Scotland Women's World Cup hopes are now out of their own hands after Shelley Kerr's side could only beat Switzerland by just a single goal.

The Scots needed to beat the group leaders by two clear goals to control their own destiny with a game to go.

Erin Cuthbert and Kim Little fired the hosts into the lead within five minutes in Paisley only for Lara Dickenmann to hit back two minutes later.

Scotland now go to Albania on Tuesday needing to win and hope.

With automatic qualification now unlikely, the best four runners-up go up against each other for a spot in next year's tournament in France with Scotland sitting well-placed to be in the mix.

Dream starts & false dawns

It was the dream start. The exciting, attacking football Kerr has been billing during this campaign. Scotland needed the win, they needed the goals and that intent was clear with Cuthbert's early goal, the 20-year-old scoring her fourth of the campaign in the opening moments.

Little, who looked her most threatening since returning from injury for April's away leg, added a second minutes later to have a record crowd on their feet.

But the Swiss, adamant they were not giving up top spot to the Scots, responded swiftly with skipper Dickenmann clawing one back soon after.

Undeterred the hosts continued to press their rattled visitors, whose first real sign of recovery came from Chelsea's Ramona Bachmann but Jennifer Beattie was well placed to sweep it clear of the line.

Half-time brought relief as Scotland struggled to contain the awakening Swiss, a chance to regroup and offer more of the same high-tempo play that opened the match.

It was end-to-end action for much of the second half with striker Jane Ross being brought into the mix, a sign they were fighting for automatic qualification.

A free-kick from the edge of the box presented them an opportunity but Caroline Weir's 25-yard attempt was blocked.

The final 10 minutes saw more chances come to Little, as player of the match Cuthbert picked herself up from yet another rough challenge.

Another change for the Swiss was not enough to help the, equalise but did prevent the Scots getting that group winning goal.

'Campaign not over for scrappy Scots' - analysis

The fight and passion was what fans had been hoping for in this campaign. The mood music in the days building up to this game had changed - there was excitement, an air of cautious confidence and sheer determination.

The nerves that held the Scots back in earlier matches was not on show here, they more than competed with the higher-ranked Swiss.

They left the pitch looking dejected but rallied in the face of the delighted young fans who had just watched their girls win, sure that the dream of gracing the World Cup stage was still alive.

This campaign is not over for the national side by any means, and the scrappy Scots will fight to the very end. Kerr's Scotland don't know anything different.

Line-ups

Scotland

  • 1Alexander
  • 15Howard
  • 4CorsieBooked at 41mins
  • 5Beattie
  • 3Mitchell
  • 16MurraySubstituted forRossat 73'minutes
  • 9Weir
  • 18EmslieSubstituted forArnotat 81'minutes
  • 8Little
  • 11Evans
  • 22Cuthbert

Substitutes

  • 6Love
  • 12Lynn
  • 13Ross
  • 14Arthur
  • 19Clelland
  • 20Brown
  • 23Arnot

Switzerland

  • 1Thalmann
  • 3MegrozSubstituted forWidmerat 64'minutes
  • 14KiwicBooked at 87mins
  • 22Buhler
  • 5Maritz
  • 13WältiBooked at 74mins
  • 19Aigbogun
  • 18CalligarisSubstituted forLehmannat 65'minutes
  • 11Dickenmann
  • 6ReutelerSubstituted forZehnderat 90'minutes
  • 10BachmannBooked at 43mins

Substitutes

  • 4Rinast
  • 7Widmer
  • 8Zehnder
  • 15Stierli
  • 20Müller
  • 21Friedli
  • 23Lehmann
Referee:
Sara Persson
Attendance:
4,098

Match Stats

Home TeamScotlandAway TeamSwitzerland
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away21

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 30th August 2018

  • ScotlandScotland2SwitzerlandSwitzerland1
  • RussiaRussia3Kazakhstan WomenKazakhstan Women0
  • Moldova WomenMoldova Women0PortugalPortugal7
  • SwedenSweden3Ukraine WomenUkraine Women0
  • DenmarkDenmark1Croatia WomenCroatia Women1

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales752070717
2England65102011916
3Russia73131313010
4Bos-Herze Wom7106316-133
5Kazakhstan Women7106215-133

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland76012151618
2Scotland76011761118
3Poland Women6213121117
4Albania Women7115520-154
5Belarus Women7106417-133

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands76102102119
2Norway65011631315
3R. of Ireland Wom731366010
4N Ireland Wom6105422-183
5Slovakia Women6006319-160

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden76012121918
2Denmark75112271516
3Ukraine Women7313710-310
4Hungary Women7115824-164
5Croatia Women8035520-153

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland65102131816
2Germany65012832515
3Czech Rep Wom63121771010
4Slovenia Women7205918-96
5Faroe Islands Women7007145-440

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy77001821621
2Belgium64112552013
3Portugal7223177108
4Romania Women612369-35
5Moldova Women8017245-431

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain66001711618
2Austria7412156913
3Finland Women631274310
4Serbia Women7214510-57
5Israel Women8017023-231
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