Women's European Championship Qualifying - Group E
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Scotland 3-0 Albania: Hosts dominate in Women's Euro 2022 qualifying win

By Scott MullenBBC Sport Scotland
Rachel Corsie scores
Rachel Corsie's guided header put Scotland on path to victory

Scotland maintained their 100% start to Women's Euro 2022 qualifying by brushing aside Albania at Tynecastle.

Shelley Kerr's side were dominant throughout and took the lead thanks to a header from captain Rachel Corsie.

A double from Caroline Weir in the second half made sure of the points that, in truth, never looked in doubt.

Scotland move back into second in Group E with three wins from three, a point behind leaders Finland who they face in Helsinki on Tuesday.

Cyprus lost 3-0 to Portugal earlier in the day.

It has been a phenomenal start to the campaign for Scotland, who came into this meeting at Tynecastle having scored 13 goals in two games without conceding. The story was rather different for Albania, who had garnered just three points from five games.

Despite having not played since March, there was little rustiness from Kerr's team who started confidently. The ball was never far away from the Albania box and Jane Ross went through on goal in the opening moments but 17-year-old debutant keeper Antigona Hyska got down low to divert her away from goal.

Cuthbert also threatened, her volley from the edge of the box skidding off the top of the bar, while Corsie was flagged for offside as she turned in a Rachael Boyle cross at the back post.

However, the 31-year-old was not to be denied her 17th goal for her country. A pinpoint delivery from a Weir free-kick found her unmarked at the front post. The defender showed terrific predatory instincts with a glancing header which had Hyska easily beaten.

Cuthbert glanced a header wide just before the break, while the pressure continued to pile on the visitors' box following the interval. However, it took until the 75th minute before they would finally be breached again.

A lay off from Cuthbert into the path of Weir was struck well by the Manchester City forward, but a big deflection off Albina Rrahmani made sure it found the net.

And Weir would grab her second before the game was out. Kirsty Hanson was chopped down in the box with the City stiker sending Hyska the wrong way from the spot.

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Player of the match - Caroline Weir

Caroline Weir
Set up one and scored two, Caroline Weir's contribution was key for Scotland at Tynecastle

What next?

Kerr's side travel to Finland to take on the group leaders on Tuesday (16:15 GMT kick-off).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 23rd October 2020

  • Ukraine WomenUkraine Women1R. of Ireland WomRepublic of Ireland0
  • ScotlandScotland3Albania WomenAlbania Women0
  • RussiaRussia1Slovenia WomenSlovenia Women0
  • Poland WomenPoland Women3Azerbaijan WomenAzerbaijan Women0
  • Turkey WomenTurkey Women0Kosovo WomenKosovo Women0
  • Cyprus WomenCyprus Women0PortugalPortugal3
  • Lithuania WomenLithuania Women0Romania WomenRomania Women4
  • NetherlandsNetherlands7Estonia WomenEstonia Women0
  • Hungary WomenHungary Women1Slovakia WomenSlovakia Women2
  • SpainSpain4Czech Rep WomCzech Republic0
  • FranceFrance11North Macedonia WomenNorth Macedonia Women0

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands66002832518
2Russia430110289
3Slovenia Women6303171079
4Kosovo Women5203414-106
5Estonia Women4013113-121
6Turkey Women5014119-181

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy66001921718
2Denmark55002902915
3Bos-Herze Wom7502168815
4Israel Women6114811-34
5Malta Women7115522-174
6Georgia Women7007236-340

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norway44003213112
2Wales42209278
3Belarus Women310278-13
4N Ireland Wom4022214-122
5Faroe Islands Women3003025-250

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland Women3210100107
2Spain32109187
3Czech Rep Wom320112576
4Moldova Women3102313-103
5Azerbaijan Women4004116-150

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Finland Women43101621410
2Scotland2200130136
3Portugal21102114
4Albania Women5104317-143
5Cyprus Women3003014-140

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden3300161159
2Iceland3300111109
3Hungary Women411259-44
4Slovakia Women411229-74
5Latvia Women4004216-140

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria44001601612
2Serbia Women530217899
3France22009096
4North Macedonia Women5104521-163
5Kazakhstan Women4004119-180

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium44001721512
2Switzerland44001501512
3Romania Women310237-43
4Croatia Women4103413-93
5Lithuania Women5005118-170

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland Wom5410103713
2Germany44003103112
3Greece Women411257-24
4Ukraine Women3003219-170
5Montenegro Women4004019-190
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