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Summary

  1. Scots second in Group B

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

  1. Cuthbert and Scots head for Poland

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    Scotland march on to Poland on Tuesday afternoon and you can follow that match again on BBC Scotland.

    Can Chelsea forward Erin Cuthbert find the net for a third international game in succession?

    The 19-year-old, who helped the London side to a league and cup double, is fast emerging as a star for club and country.

    Scotland's Erin Cuthbert with the player of the match award
    Image caption: Erin Cuthbert received the player of the match award
  2. Kerr hails two-goal Cuthbert

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    Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr hailed two-goal Erin Cuthbert as "fantastic" and was happy to settle for the narrow win over Belarus.

    "We predicted it could be like that. In an ideal world, we could have scored seven or eight tonight," she told BBC Scotland.

    "It was similar to the away match, but I thought we played some good stuff and we need to make sure we have an end product because you end up putting pressure on yourselves.

    "But I'm delighted with the the three points and we need to recover now before a big game against Poland."

    Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr
  3. Scotland still in chase

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    Victory moves Scotland to within three points of Europe Group 2 leaders Switzerland, who were not playing tonight, with three games remaining.

    Next up for Shelley Kerr's side are third-placed Poland in Kielce on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, the Swiss are away to Belarus.

  4. Weir on our way

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    Midfielder Caroline Weir is delighted to have rounded off a whirlwind few days with a victory after sealing her move to Liverpool to Chelsea.

    "Belarus made it difficult to break them down, but I think we deserved to win," she told BBC Scotland.

    "The game plan was to exploit the wide areas and I thought we did that well and were unlucky not to score more goals.

    "It is just about being positive and we finally got the goals in the second half.

    "We won 3-0 last time against Poland, but it was a tough game and we expect the same again on Tuesday. However, we go there positive about getting another three points."

    Scotland midfielder Caroline Weir in action against Belarus
  5. Changes likely in Poland

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    Julie Fleeting

    Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: I think Shelley is going to need more protection in midfield in Poland. I think she will go more defensive. I think it will be difficult to drop Erin and maybe it will be about finding space for her in midfield
  6. Story of the match

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    Match statistics
  7. Special night for me - Cuthbert

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    Two-goal Erin Cuthbert was delighted as she talked to BBC Scotland after the 2-1 win.

    "It was a special night for me, but crucially we got the three points and it sets us up nicely for the game in Poland on Tuesday," said the Chelsea forward.

    "It was a sense of déjà vu after Belarus took the lead again like they did in Minsk.

    "Credit to Belarus, but I don't think we deserved to be behind."

    Erin Cuthbert puts Scotland into a 2-1 lead
    Image caption: Erin Cuthbert scored her second after the break
  8. FULL-TIME Scotland Women 2-1 Belarus Women

    Erin Cuthbert's double either side of the half-time break are enough to give Scotland a narrow and deserved win over Belarus.

    It could have been more as they hit the woodwork three times, had another couple of efforts off the line and had a "goal" disallowed in the first half.

    But Belarus threatened to kill off their host's World Cup qualifying hopes after 17-year-old striker Karina Olkhovik's superb strike gave the visitors the lead in her first start for her country.

    Scotland will settle for the three points but could rue not scoring more and improving their goal difference as they continue to chase group leaders Switzerland.

    Erin Cuthbert celebrates scoring for Scotland
    Image caption: Scotland celebrate Erin Cuthbert's second goal at Falkirk Stadium
  9. Post update

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    The game is at walking pace now and it looks like Scotland are settling for a narrow win.

  10. Post update

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    Two minutes of stoppage time for Scotland to increase their lead, which could be vital in this group.

    Or for Belarus to grab a surprise equaliser, of course...

  11. 'Good Scotland performance'

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    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: I think it's been a good performance from Scotland. The only thing that's been lacking is goals and that final touch
  12. GREAT SAVE!

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    Lana Clelland is through on goal, the striker is one-on-one with Nataliya Voskobovich.

    Surely this is Scotland's third? But no, the goalkeeper blocks the effort, trapping the ball between her body and the ground.

  13. Arnot on for Evans

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    Lizzie Arnot makes her return to Scotland action following a cruciate ligament injury, the Hibs midfielder replacing Lisa Evans.

    The 23-year-old was poised for a move to Manchester City before her injury and is back with a bang after scoring five in the League Cup final win over Celtic the other day.

  14. Post update

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    The official attendance at Falkirk Stadium 2007 and the majority are trying to cheer Scotland on to another goal.

  15. Belarus replace scorer Olkhovik

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    Viktoriya Kazakevich comes on for Karina Olkhovik with the 17-year-old scorer tiring in her first start for Belarus.

  16. Goals the difference

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    Goal difference could be important at the end of the campaign and Scotland are four goals behind group leaders Switzerland as we stand.

    So even a narrow victory tonight might not be enough for the Scots even if they beat the Swiss in the return fixture to come between the two.

    The Scots know all about that and are piling forward, but Belarus are packing their defence to deny their goal-hungry hosts.

  17. Clelland on for Ross

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    Lana Clelland, who has been playing her football in Italy with Tavagnacco but is seeking a new club, takes over up front for Scotland, with top scorer Jane Ross withdrawn.

  18. CLOSE!

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    Having taken the lead, Scotland live dangerously twice within a minute as Karina Olkhovik goes close to her second goal of the game.

    A ball over the top exposes the home central defence and goalkeeper Lee Alexander almost makes a mess of her clearance as she beats the onrushing 17-year-old striker to the ball.

    The scenario is repeated almost immediately and, when Olkhovik this time beats Alexander to the ball and the goalkeeper is left in no-man's land outside the area, Jennifer Beattie is on hand to hack clear the striker's goal-bound effort.

  19. GOAL Scotland Women 2-1 Belarus Women

    Erin Cuthbert

    Just when it seemed that Belarus were looking to shut-up shop by making a defensive substitute, they fall behind.

    Substitute Fiona Brown ghosts past her marker and her low cross is turned home by Erin Cuthbert from 12 yards, the Chelsea forward's second goal of the game and third in her last two appearances.

  20. Duben replaces Shuppo

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    A bit of a surprise as Anastasia Shuppo, who was expected to be Belarus' biggest threat, is withdrawn and Yuliya Duben replaces her in midfield.