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Scotland's Euro 2022 hopes ended by 1-0 defeat by Finland

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland
Caroline Weir
Scotland will not feature at the finals in 2022

Scotland's Women's Euro 2022 dreams are over after Amanda Rantanen's crushing stoppage-time goal gave Finland a shock victory at Easter Road.

The Scots were hoping to go to within a point of the Finns and threatened through Jennifer Beattie and Kim Little in the first half.

But they spurned a glut of chances through Martha Thomas, Lisa Evans and Caroline Weir after the break, while Zoe Ness was denied by Tinja-Riikka Korpela before Rantanen consigned the Scots to a third straight 1-0 defeat.

Shelley Kerr, who missed a second match because of Covid-19 protocols, had taken Scotland to last year's World Cup but her side are now seven points off Portugal and leaders Finland with games in Cyprus and at home to the Portuguese still to come in February.

The mission was clear for Scotland. Three wins from three and at least a play-off place would be secured. Even a draw in Edinburgh would have kept their hopes alive.

After a nervous opening from the hosts, they began to gain some territory and Evans' dangerous shot was deflected over.

Beattie rose at a corner and her powerful header was clutched on the line by goalkeeper Korpela, who then held Little's shot from the edge of the box.

Euro 22 Qualifying Group E table

In the second half, Thomas should have scored when she headed high and wide from Evans' cross and Evans missed her kick when found in the six-yard box by Little.

Erin Cuthbert and Kirsty Smith were too high with long-range efforts as Finland, coached by former Scotland boss Anna Signeul, looked ever more content to take a point.

Ness watched an effort touched by wide by Korpela then Ness and Weir could not convert when the ball pinballed around a packed penalty area.

As Scotland piled players forward in the fourth minute of added time, Finland broke clear with Rantanen clean through. Her first shot was blocked by Lee Alexander but the ball ricochet off the substitute's face into the net to break Scottish hearts.

Player of the match - Jennifer Beattie

Lee Alexander, Jen Beattie and Martha Thomas
Beattie (centre) made an important interception early on and her distribution was superb when Scotland built from the back

'We weren't clinical enough' - reaction

Scotland midfielder Kim Little: "We're incredibly disappointed. Three 1-0 results and ultimately we've not been good enough, we've not put the ball in the back of the net.

"We have to take responsibility for that. We had chances, a lot of the. We weren't clinical enough."

Scotland assistant coach Andy Thomson: "I really feel for the players, their effort was outstanding. Some of their play was really good.

"However, in that box, the that final third, you need to take your chances. You create chances to score, if you don't, you leave yourself open for what happened and we don't deserve it."

What's next?

Scotland visit Cyprus then host February, with the dates still to be finalised.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 1st December 2020

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands1010004834530
2Russia108022361724
3Slovenia Women950422121015
4Kosovo Women10316629-2310
5Turkey Women10127928-195
6Estonia Women9018131-301

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark109104814728
2Italy97112552022
3Bos-Herze Wom106041917218
4Malta Women103161130-1910
5Israel Women92161018-87
6Georgia Women100010345-420

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norway66003413318
2N Ireland Wom84221717014
3Wales84221641214
4Belarus Women72051115-46
5Faroe Islands Women7007142-410

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain65103213116
2Czech Rep Wom85122491516
3Poland Women74211621414
4Moldova Women7106342-393
5Azerbaijan Women6006122-210

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Finland Women65101821616
2Portugal651081716
3Scotland6303163139
4Albania Women8206721-146
5Cyprus Women6006022-220

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden87104023822
2Iceland86112552019
3Slovakia Women8314719-1210
4Hungary Women82151120-97
5Latvia Women8008239-370

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France87104404422
2Austria86112231919
3Serbia Women84042112912
4North Macedonia Women8206839-316
5Kazakhstan Women8008243-410

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium87013753221
2Switzerland86112061419
3Romania Women73041216-49
4Croatia Women7214718-117
5Lithuania Women8008132-310

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany88004614524
2Ukraine Women85031621-515
3R. of Ireland Wom84131110113
4Greece Women8215621-157
5Montenegro Women8008228-260
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