Women's European Championship Qualifying - Group 1
Belarus Women0Scotland1

Women's Euro 2017: Belarus Women 0-1 Scotland Women

Scotland midfielder Jo Love
Jo Love scored from a Lisa Evans cross

Scotland women remained on course for qualification to the Euro 2017 finals but were made to sweat in the Minsk sunshine by a dogged Belarus.

Jo Love's back-post header after 15 minutes was all Anna Signeul's side could muster despite dominating for most of the 90 minutes.

It was enough to put them momentarily in pole position in Group 1.

But Iceland returned to the top on goal difference after thrashing Macedonia 8-0 at home a couple of hours later.

The Scots had been left reeling by a 4-0 defeat at home to Iceland on Friday that ended their own 100% record during qualifying.

And Freyr Alexandersson's side remain favourites to top the group as they have a game in hand and host the Scots in their final game on 20 September.

However, six of the eight group runners-up also qualify automatically for the finals in the Netherlands, with the remaining two facing each another in a play-off.

Scotland, who travelled to Minsk as the third best of the second-placed teams and are assured of at least a place in the play-offs, were hoping for another landslide victory after thumping Belarus 7-0 at Fir Park in October.

It looked promising when midfielder Love rose to finish from a Lisa Evans cross.

Unfortunately for the Scots, the hosts appeared determined to avoid their six-goal, second-half collapse in Motherwell, with goalkeeper Nataliya Voskobovich in particularly obstinate mood.

Scotland defender Ifeoma Dieke
Ifeoma Dieke was fortunate not to be sent off but put in a goal-saving tackle

She beat away a Caroline Weir drive and was at full stretch to reach another from Kim Little, with Hayley Lauder firing the follow-up just wide of the far post.

There was little for Gemma Fay to worry about in the Scotland goal by the time Erin Cuthbert, the 17-year-old Glasgow City midfielder once dubbed "Little Miss Messi" for a goal scored at youth level, replaced central defender Rachel Corsie at half time to make her international debut.

Jane Ross burst into the penalty area, but Voskobovich was on hand again to concede a corner from which Jenny Beattie looped a header over the crossbar.

As was the case on Friday, though, the Scots were looking vulnerable at the back as they pushed forward hoping to match Iceland's 5-0 win in Belarus.

Anastasia Shuppo curled a drive just wide of the far post and Scotland centre-half Ifeoma Dieke, who was fortunate to be shown only a yellow card after denying what seemed a clear goalscoring opportunity before half-time, produced a goal-saving tackle that rescued the exposed Fay as the goalkeeper rushed out of the penalty area.

Most of the game continued to be played deep inside Belarus territory and Voskobovich pushed clear a Kirsty Smith drive before rounding off her fine display by tipping over a powerful long-ranger from Cuthbert that was destined for the net.

However, one goal was enough to secure the points that take Scotland to within touching distance of their first-ever major finals.

Belarus: Voskobovich, Beshten, Linnik, Shcherbachenia, Znaidenova, Urazaeva, Kozyupa, Slesarchik, Duben, Karachun, Avkhimovich. Subs: Kovalchuk, Novikova, Kunitskaya, Pilipenko, Markushevskaya, Shuppo, Dranovskaya.

Scotland: Fay, Dieke, Love, Lauder, Little, Weir, Evans, J Ross, Corsie, Beattie, Smith. Subs: Lynn, Ness, L Ross, Crichton, C Murray, Cuthbert, J Murray.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 7th June 2016

  • Serbia WomenSerbia Women0EnglandEngland7
  • Georgia WomenGeorgia Women0ItalyItaly7
  • Belarus WomenBelarus Women0ScotlandScotland1
  • Finland WomenFinland Women0PortugalPortugal0
  • Ukraine WomenUkraine Women2Greece WomenGreece Women0
  • WalesWales0NorwayNorway2
  • DenmarkDenmark6Poland WomenPoland Women0
  • Czech Rep WomCzech Republic3N Ireland WomNorthern Ireland0
  • R. of Ireland WomRepublic of Ireland9Montenegro WomenMontenegro Women0
  • IcelandIceland8Macedonia WomenMacedonia Women0

As It Stood


3Slovenia Women6303211389
4Belarus Women6105218-163
5Macedonia Women7007245-430


2Finland Women64111541113
3R. of Ireland Wom7304171349
5Montenegro Women7007238-360


2Ukraine Women74121310313
3Romania Women6312117410
4Greece Women7205915-66
5Albania Women7007325-220


3Slovakia Women73041011-19
4Poland Women7214616-107
5Moldova Women6006124-230


3Hungary Women7223819-118
4Croatia Women7214810-27
5Turkey Women8116324-214


3Czech Rep Wom63031114-39
4N Ireland Wom5203914-56
5Georgia Women7007231-290


3Bos-Herze Wom7304613-79
4Serbia Women6213516-117
5Estonia Women7007028-280


4Kazakhstan Women7115220-184
5Israel Women602429-72
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