Euro 2017 qualifying: Scotland Women 3-1 Slovenia Women

Jane Ross
Jane Ross scored two first-half goals for Scotland

Scotland women made it five wins from five and took a giant step towards Euro 2017 with a 3-1 victory over Slovenia at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.

Jane Ross turned and drove a low first-half shot into the corner of the net, but Slovenia were soon level through Kristina Erman's looping header.

Ross swiftly had Scotland back in front and Kim Little's penalty made it three.

Scotland are now six points clear of Iceland, who have two games in hand and travel to Belarus on Tuesday.

Scotland took their time to get the measure of the visitors, a defected Ross shot and a Little effort from close range the best they could muster before they opened the scoring.

However, after Slovenia's Lara Ivanusa shot wide, Ross found the net with a low drive from an identical position just outside the area.

Although Anna Signeul's Scotland side had scored 24 goals in qualifying prior to the game, they were missing their usual spark up front.

After Lara Prasnikar and Tjasa Tibaut threatened for Slovenia, Erman headed the equaliser when goalkeeper Gemma Fay was caught out of position at a free-kick and could not get back to keep out the looping ball.

Slovenia's joy did not last long. Hayley Lauder broke through after a neat switch of play from Little, and Ross had the simple task of tapping in the low pass.

Scotland ended the first half in a flurry and within five minutes of the restart doubled their advantage.

Little was adjudged to have been shoved off the ball, and the Seattle Reign midfielder slotted home from the spot.

Slovenia, a constant physical presence, refused to buckle, with Kaja Erzen poking the ball wide from inside the area before firing over a few minutes later.

Ross, looking for her hat-trick, flicked a ball towards the back post but goalkeeper Eva Vamberger managed to tip it wide.

Caroline Weir almost made it four when she raced on to a through ball, but a brilliant last-gasp challenge denied her with just Vamberger to beat.

Little curled a free-kick wide and minutes later cut inside her marker to send a deflected shot wide.

Scotland welcome Iceland in June with qualification for their first major finals all but assured.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 8th April 2016

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scotland Women55002722515
2Iceland Women3300120129
3Slovenia Women4103412-83
4Belarus Women4103212-103
5Macedonia Women4004120-190

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain Women55001821615
2Finland Women32014226
3R. of Ireland Wom42027616
4Portugal Women410389-13
5Montenegro Women4004119-180

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France Women55001601615
2Ukraine Women5311116510
3Romania Women52128717
4Greece Women5203912-36
5Albania Women6006322-190

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden Women44001001012
2Denmark Women42115147
3Poland Women42115417
4Slovakia Women52038626
5Moldova Women5005118-170

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany Women55002802815
2Croatia Women52128537
3Hungary Women5212414-107
4Russia Women311112-14
5Turkey Women6015121-201

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland Women44002021812
2Italy Women32019456
3Czech Rep Wom310248-43
4N Ireland Wom210148-43
5Georgia Women4004116-150

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium Women4220132118
2England Women321010197
3Serbia Women42115237
4Bos-Herze Wom5203512-76
5Estonia Women4004016-160

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria Women44001211112
2Norway Women33009099
3Wales Women411269-34
4Israel Women402224-22
5Kazakhstan Women5014116-151
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