Scotland Women 0-4 Iceland Women

By Andrew SouthwickBBC Scotland at the Falkirk Stadium
Scotland players
Scotland lost their place at the top of their group

Scotland Women's hopes of sealing automatic qualification for Euro 2017 suffered a blow as Iceland eased to victory and moved top of Group 1.

The hosts fell behind when a free-kick from Hallbera Guony Gisladottir bypassed the defence into the net.

Harpa Thorsteinsdottir, Gunnhilder Yrsa Jonsdottir and Margret Lara Vioarsdottir all scored headers in quick succession as Iceland dominated.

And Kim Little missed a penalty for the hosts in time added on.

Scotland, already assured a top-two spot in the section, can still avoid a play-off if they gather enough points in away games with Belarus and Iceland while other results go their way.

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Iceland in control from the start

Anna Signeul's side had been used to getting everything their own way in the group but did not seem comfortable with the pace of the game in the early stages.

Goalkeeper Gemma Fay had been untroubled, though, until a free-kick wide on the right from Gisladottir was allowed to bounce in the box and over the line unchallenged.

Vioarsdottir headed over before Fay blocked Fanndis Frioriksdottir's shot as Iceland continued to impress.

Thorsteinsdottir also poked the ball over the line, but the offside flag spared Scotland's blushes.

Scotland's first real chance came when Jane Ross sneaked between two defenders and was inches away from Kirsty Smith's cross.

If the Scots had started the first half badly, the first few minutes of the second period were even worse.

Frioriksdottir's ball across caused havoc before Anna Bjork Kristjansdottir almost turned in the resulting corner, but mercifully for the home side, it appeared to bounce off her and over the bar.

Margret Lara Vioarsdottir scores for Iceland
Three second-half headers, including one by Vioarsdottir (far right), cemented Iceland's victory

Holmfriour Magnusdottir was then left alone in space outside the box and only a fine one-handed save from Fay denied her.

At the other end, Smith's curling shot towards the top corner almost caught out goalkeeper Guobjorg Gunnarsdottir.

Then Little slipped through Hayley Lauder and her driven ball across goal almost found Ross.

Just as the hosts were enjoying their best spell of the game, everything that could go wrong, did.

Thorsteinsdottir powerfully headed in Magnusdottir's cross and, moments later, Jonsdottir was left unmarked to loop a header over everyone and into the net.

Scotland were being destroyed down their left-hand side and another ball into the box found captain Vioarsdottir, who was also allowed a free header that she took full advantage of.

It could have been more for Iceland as Frioriksdottir's curling ball hit the frame of the goal.

The Scots also hit the post before the end, Little's spot-kick rebounding after Kristjansdottir had been penalised for handball.

Scotland: Fay, Mitchell (Lauder 46), Dieke, Love, Little, Crichton (Weir 55), Evans (L Ross 45), J Ross, Corsie, Beattie, Smith. Subs: Lynn, Ness, C Murray, J Murray.

Iceland: G Gunnarsdottir, Viggosdottir, Magnusdottir (Jensen 76), S Gunnarsdottir, M L Vioarsdottir (M Siguroardottir 79), Brynjarsdottir (Jonsdottir 46), Gisladottir, Thorsteinsdottir, E Vioarsdottir, Kristjansdottir, Frioriksdottir. Subs: S Siguroardottir, Atladottir, Thorvaldsdottir, Hauksdottir.

Referee: Jana Adamkova (Czech Republic).

Attendance: 2,690.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 3rd June 2016

  • ScotlandScotland0IcelandIceland4
  • Finland WomenFinland Women4R. of Ireland WomRepublic of Ireland1
  • Macedonia WomenMacedonia Women0Slovenia WomenSlovenia Women9
  • Estonia WomenEstonia Women0BelgiumBelgium5
  • Montenegro WomenMontenegro Women0PortugalPortugal3
  • N Ireland WomNorthern Ireland4Georgia WomenGeorgia Women0
  • FranceFrance1Greece WomenGreece Women0

As It Stood


3Slovenia Women6303211389
4Belarus Women5104217-153
5Macedonia Women6006237-350


2Finland Women54011541112
4R. of Ireland Wom6204813-56
5Montenegro Women6006229-270


2Romania Women6312117410
3Ukraine Women63121110110
4Greece Women6204913-46
5Albania Women7007325-220


3Slovakia Women73041011-19
4Poland Women6213610-47
5Moldova Women5005118-170


3Hungary Women6222717-108
4Croatia Women62138717
5Turkey Women7016123-221


3Czech Rep Wom420289-16
4N Ireland Wom4202911-26
5Georgia Women6006224-220


3Serbia Women42115237
4Bos-Herze Wom6204513-86
5Estonia Women6006027-270


4Kazakhstan Women7115220-184
5Israel Women502325-32
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