Women's European Championship Qualifying - Group E
PortugalPortugal1ScotlandScotland0

Portugal 1-0 Scotland: Scots suffer another huge blow in Euro 2022 qualification bid

By Nick McPheatBBC Scotland
Erin Cuthbert
Erin Cuthbert's deflected shot late on failed to offer up an equaliser

Scotland suffered another huge blow to their Women's Euro 2022 qualification hopes after Portugal inflicted a second-straight defeat in Lisbon.

Both sides failed to make the most of their first-half chances before static defending allowed Ana Borges to net an unlikely second-half winner.

The Scots, without head coach Shelley Kerr who is self-isolating, were unable to make their late pressure count.

Scotland are third, four points behind Portugal and Finland.

The Finns, who defeated Scotland 1-0 last month, travel to Easter Road on Tuesday for what is a must-win game in Group E for Kerr's side.

It was a game of great importance for the Scots but the preparation was far from ideal with boss Kerr told on Monday she had to self isolate following a Covid-19 outbreak with the men's Under-21 squad.

Still, the Scots had the majority of possession early in the game, and they should have made their dominance count as Jen Beattie failed to divert a close-range header on target before Diana Silva spurned an effort at the other end by volleying straight at Lee Alexander from the edge of the box.

Erin Cuthbert then had a chance to test Patricia Morais in the Portugal goal after a lovely bit of skill to get into the box, but the Chelsea star lashed her effort wide of the near post before Kim Little curled over after a neat turn in the area.

Portugal began to dominate towards the end of the first half, and keeper Alexander breathed a sigh of relief as she spilled an effort from Silva before smothering a rebound effort from Claudia Neto.

The hosts started the second half on the front foot. Neto forced Alexander into a save before Scotland started to crank up the pressure as Kirsty Hanson's cross from the left was almost diverted in off Silvia Rebelo.

However, it would be the hosts who opened the scoring as static defending from the Scots allowed Tatiana Pinto to clip a perfectly-timed ball in behind the visitors' backline to Borges who finished low under the sprawling Alexander.

The Scots responded well as neat build-up in the area gave Hanson a sight of goal, but her strike was saved well by Morais before Martha Thomas forced the Portugal keeper into another close-range stop.

Beattie again failed to divert a header on target in the closing stages as the last real opening fell to Cuthbert, whose deflected strike was held well by Morias.

Scotland, who have qualified for the last two major tournaments, now have it all to do with three games remaining if they are to make it a hat-trick.

Group E

Player of the match - Caroline Weir

Caroline Weir
Scotland's forward play failed to offer sharpness, but Caroline Weir was a constant threat from out wide.

What's next?

Scotland have it all to do in their quest to qualify for Euro 2022 as they welcome Group E leaders Finland to Easter Road on Tuesday (19:30 GMT).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 27th November 2020

  • N Ireland WomNorthern Ireland3Belarus WomenBelarus Women2
  • PortugalPortugal1ScotlandScotland0
  • Kazakhstan WomenKazakhstan Women0North Macedonia WomenNorth Macedonia Women3
  • Albania WomenAlbania Women4Cyprus WomenCyprus Women0
  • Croatia WomenCroatia Women1Lithuania WomenLithuania Women0
  • GermanyGermany6Greece WomenGreece Women0
  • Estonia WomenEstonia Women0Turkey WomenTurkey Women4
  • RussiaRussia3Kosovo WomenKosovo Women0
  • SpainSpain10Moldova WomenMoldova Women0
  • FranceFrance3AustriaAustria0

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands99004233927
2Russia97022151621
3Slovenia Women84042012812
4Kosovo Women9315623-1710
5Turkey Women9126826-185
6Estonia Women8017129-281

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark99004814727
2Italy87012552021
3Bos-Herze Wom95041617-115
4Israel Women82151016-67
5Malta Women9216930-217
6Georgia Women9009342-390

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norway66003413318
2Wales7322134911
3N Ireland Wom73221216-411
4Belarus Women62041112-16
5Faroe Islands Women6006037-370

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain65103213116
2Poland Women74211621414
3Czech Rep Wom7412179813
4Moldova Women6105335-323
5Azerbaijan Women6006122-210

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Finland Women54101721513
2Portugal541071613
3Scotland5302162149
4Albania Women7205720-136
5Cyprus Women6006022-220

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden76103423219
2Iceland75112451916
3Slovakia Women7313713-610
4Hungary Women72141119-87
5Latvia Women8008239-370

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France76103203219
2Austria75112131816
3Serbia Women740321111012
4North Macedonia Women8206839-316
5Kazakhstan Women7007231-290

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland76102021819
2Belgium76013352818
3Romania Women73041216-49
4Croatia Women7214718-117
5Lithuania Women8008132-310

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany77004304321
2R. of Ireland Wom7412107313
3Ukraine Women74031420-612
4Greece Women8215621-157
5Montenegro Women7007126-250
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