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Summary

  1. Taylor scores hat-trick as England thrash Scotland
  2. Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio Scotland
  3. Scotland Women's first game at a major tournament
  4. England are third favourites to win the competition

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By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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England thrash Scotland in Euros opener

FT: England 6-0 Scotland

That's just about it from us, on the night Jodie Taylor scored a hat-trick as England thrashed Scotland 6-0 in their opening game at the Women's European Championship.

You can read Alistair Magowan's report from Utrecht by clicking on this link.

Whether you're a happy England fan or a disconsolate Scotland fan, thanks for your company, and good night.

England players celebrate

England thrash Scotland in Euros opener

Jodie Taylor scores a hat-trick as England thrash Scotland 6-0 in their opening game at the Women's European Championship.

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FT: England 6-0 Scotland

We're approaching the end of this live text commentary, but do stayed tuned to our website for full reaction from the Scotland camp shortly, as well as on BBC Radio, to hear from Scotland boss Anna Signeul.

How it stands

FT: England 6-0 Scotland

Group D
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Here's the table after one round of matches in Group D.

Remember, the top two go through to the quarter-finals.

There are four groups of four at Euro 2017.

Coming up at the Euros

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For England, it's Spain next, in Sunday's 19:45 BST kick-off, in Deventer.

As with Scotland's game against Portugal, we'll have live text and radio coverage for you.

Coming up at the Euros

FT: England 6-0 Scotland

Next up for Scotland is a meeting with Portugal in Rotterdam from 17:00 BST on Sunday.

Do be sure to join us again for that crucial game for the Scots.

Both of those sides have started their campaigns with losses tonight.

FT: England 6-0 Scotland

England face Spain - who beat Portugal 2-0 earlier today - in their next game on Sunday.

Looking ahead to that game, Lionesses boss Mark Sampson told Channel 4: "Spain will be a different challenge to Scotland.

"Overall, tonight, I don't think anyone was below a seven out of 10 for us."

'We won't let this weigh us down'

FT: England 6-0 Scotland

Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay: "Some of the goals were very scrappy and some from our own errors. The scoreline would have been more flattering if we cut that out.

"This is a tight knit squad, we have had our ups and downs in preparations for this tournament. We won't let the loss weigh us down and we are proud to wear the jersey."

'Scotland can still qualify' - Sampson

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England boss Mark Sampson tells Channel 4: "We're pleased. We wanted to get a clean sheet tonight. To stick six in the back of the net gives us confidence.

"To start with, Scotland made things tough for us. They just came up against a clinical side.

"In my mind Scotland can still qualify. We wish them all the best."

England's 'horrible' fitness regime

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Steph Houghton
The Lionesses on Twitter

Be in no doubt, England looked sharper, stronger and physically fitter than their Scottish counterparts tonight.

That may well be down to their recently increased strength & conditioning regime.

You can read more about that in Alistair Magowan's piece from before the game here.

'Taylor hungry for success'

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Rachel Brown-Finnis

Ex-England goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5

A convincing win for England but a dominant, strong overall performance. They will be a force to be reckoned with. They would have expected it but doing it out there is a different thing. It will feel fabulous.

The girls have said how hard they have worked physically and we saw that. Boss Mark Sampson was clever with his substitutions and that breeds confidence. England looked on another level. They came out on to the pitch and knew they were going to win. They had visualised this moment, having worked so hard in the build-up.

Jodie Taylor is hungry for success in this wonderful set-up. She spent so long in exile under Hope Powell for whatever reasons, but it spurred her on. It has shaped her as a person.

Scotland played some wonderful, one-two touch football in the England half and opened them up at times. England manager Mark Samspon will be happy but there will be details he knows his team can improve, such as switching off by conceding yellow cards, those type of things he will want to work on.

A record win

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By the way, that's England Women's largest ever margin of victory at a major tournament, eclipsing their 6-1 win over Argentina from the 2007 World Cup.

England
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Taylor on 'special' hat-trick

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Jodie Taylor, scorer of England Women's first ever hat-trick at a major tournament, tells Channel 4: "It's quite special. I need to go and track down that ball and get it signed I think!

"We played pretty well. Our preparation was great. We're really together as a group."

On facing Sunday's opponents Spain, Taylor adds: "Spain have had a really good six months. They're coming in to the tournament guns blazing as well, so it should be a really good match-up."

'A team performance'

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England striker Ellen White tells Channel 4: "To get six goals and a clean sheet, we're delighted.

"I was delighted to get on the scoresheet and for the others to score too. It's a team performance."

'Spectacular Bronze'

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Scotland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

England were the better side and they scored some quality goals. They have creativity, strength and power, miles ahead of Scotland. The Scots worked hard and probably did not deserve to lose 6-0. They have to get up again, fight and be brave. England can win this tournament.

There is no way any player in the tournament can stop England's Lucy Bronze, she was spectacular.

Scotland made chances, they should be proud of the effort they have put in and deserved a goal in the second half. Tonight though, they were too easily beaten in the middle of their defence. The downside is the goal difference. If it comes to the last game, that could count badly against them.

You need to have all your best players out on the park and Scotland cannot seem to cope when they have a couple of players out. I did not see any Scotland players who did not give it their all.

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Georgia: I'm really not a fan of football in general, but when the Lionesses hammer Scotland 6-0 so easily...yep, I can get into this

'Scotland must lift themselves'

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Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland in Utrecht

Failing a win or a draw, Scotland wanted to avoid a demoralising defeat but that's pretty much what they were on the end of against an England side who certainly look like they have more to give.

Anna Signeul will point to the absence of key players but tonight provided evidence of just how far Scotland still need to go before they have the fitness or technique to compete at the top. They must now lift themselves for Portugal on Sunday.

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Andy Davis: when's the last time you saw the men play like this? Brilliant tonight Lionesses

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The Scotland players look absolutely devastated on the field, and exhausted too. They've been put through a shift tonight.

England are thrilled, and gather in the middle for one of the happier huddles in major tournament history for any English side.

FULL-TIME

England 6-0 Scotland

It's all over. What a result for England.

GOAL - England 6-0 Scotland

Toni Duggan

There is indeed time for one more! Substitute Toni Duggan flicks in with a header from the corner and the Barcelona striker is in on the act.

That's cruel on Scotland, but England are making a statement tonight alright. It's SIX!

England 5-0 Scotland

England force a late corner. Time for one more perhaps?

England 5-0 Scotland

Scotland create an opportunity through Erin Cuthbert (who has surely earned a starting place for their next game, by the way?) but, as she cuts it back inside the penalty area to Leanne Crichton, England defend it well and get the block in.

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Christophe Talbotski: Luxury of having a striker who's just signed for Barca on bench and bringing her on at 4-0 something men's team can only dream of

England 5-0 Scotland

Scotland will just want the final whistle now, as soon as possible.

We're approaching the final minute of the 90.

England 5-0 Scotland

Pat Nevin

Ex-Scotland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Really good technique from Jordan Nobbs. You often see it smashed over the crossbar or spin out of play.

GOAL - England 5-0 Scotland

Jordan Nobbs

When you're confident, those go in. Nonchalant, and as sweet as you like, Jordan Nobbs volleys in from close range with the outside of her foot.

It was Karen Carney with the initial shot, blocked by Scotland, which looped in to the air to Nobbs, and that - on a technical level - is a tasty finish.

She's deserved a goal. She's been superb in the midfield.

Jordan Nobbs
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England 4-0 Scotland

Arsenal's Jordan Nobbs ambitiously tries her luck from around 40 yards, but she's too far out. Her effort bounces wide of the Scotland goal.

But, when you're 4-0 up... Why not?

Scottish fans still in full voice

England 4-0 Scotland

Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport in Utrecht

Their team might have been outclassed, but full marks to the Scotland fans, who are still singing songs to my right. Some version of Do-Re-Mi from the Sound of Music, is currently doing the rounds.

CLOSE!

England 4-0 Scotland

Jordan Nobbs sends over another dangerous free-kick for England. Jill Scott misses it, and it falls to Millie Bright at the far post instead... But her low strike from a very, very narrow angle fizzes across the face of goal and away. That was almost a fifth.

England 4-0 Scotland

As the game enters the final 10 minutes, England are in control.

Winger Karen Carney skips past a tired Scotland challenge and wins a free-kick in a dangerous position.

England 4-0 Scotland

Taking budgets, resources, and the Fifa Women's World Rankings into account, this scoreline is no embarrassment for Scotland.

England are fifth in the world for a reason, while the Scots are 21st, and making their major tournament debut.

They're also without some of the best players, including Arsenal star Kim Little.

But nevertheless, this is going to be tough to recover from. They'll need to dig deep this week in training before facing Portugal on Sunday.

Vaila Barsley
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Nik: Following along in Bologna, Italy. Could not be prouder if this England team!

SUBSTITUTION (Scotland)

England 4-0 Scotland

Scotland - like England did a moment ago - make their third and final change.

Jo Love of Glasgow City comes on, in to the midfield, in place of Seattle Reign's Rachel Corsie.

'Scots chasing shadows'

England 4-0 Scotland

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland in Utrecht

England are really enjoying themselves now and Scotland are left chasing shadows time and time again. Erin Cuthbert has offered an out ball since coming on, but those in pink just can't get her in possession often enough or for long enough.

Jordan Nobbs
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SUBSTITUTION (England)

England 4-0 Scotland

Birmingham City striker Ellen White goes off, giving a happy Mark Sampson a high five as she exits.

On comes Chelsea's former Birmingham winger, Karen Carney, one of the most experienced players in the Lionesses squad.

England 4-0 Scotland

Jordan Nobbs - who's having a brilliant game in the England midfield - finds Lucy Bronze near the right-hand bye-line with a clever through ball, but Bronze's sliding cross is blocked.

GREAT SAVE!

England 4-0 Scotland

England almost have a fourth as right-back Lucy Bronze plays in Toni Duggan, in the penalty area, but Gemma Fay is out quickly to smother it and divert Duggan's effort wide for a corner.

The Lionesses go deep to the far post with the resulting delivery, but Millie Bright nods wide for a goal kick.

England 4-0 Scotland

The last time England won their opening game at a major tournament was in the 2005 Euros.

Prior to tonight, they've gone six tournament-openers without a victory.

Only an act of God can deny them this time, surely, with just over 20 minutes to go...

England 4-0 Scotland

Scotland hit the side-netting through Lana Clelland, who beat Millie Bright for strength at the bye-line, but perhaps she should have squared it for Erin Cuthbert in the middle.

That's one of Scotland's best chances of the game.

SUBSTITUTION (England)

England 4-0 Scotland

Now England take Chelsea's Fran Kirby off for a rest, bringing on Manchester City winger Nikita Parris instead.