Women's European Championship Qualifying - Group 1
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Euro 2017 qualifying: Iceland Women 1-2 Scotland Women

Jane Ross
Jane Ross scored her 45th and 46th goals for Scotland in her 95th international

Scotland celebrated reaching the Women's Euro 2017 finals by ending their qualifying campaign with an impressive win away to group winners Iceland.

The hosts had trounced the Scots 4-0 in the reverse fixture, but a repeat never looked likely as Jane Ross headed home Emma Mitchell's cross for the opener.

Fanndis Fridriksdottir's miscued effort crept past Gemma Fay for the equaliser.

But Caroline Weir hit the post before Ross converted a penalty for her second after Lisa Evans was felled in the box.

It was Ross' 10th of the campaign and her 46th for Scotland in her 95th international.

The win drew Scotland level on 21 points with Iceland, who finished top of Group 1 courtesy of their better head-to-head record.

It was a victory the Scots merited against their higher-ranked opponents and one that should give them even greater confidence going into the tournament in the Netherlands next summer.

Coach Anna Signeul had spoken of the need for her players to show they could compete with more physical teams like Iceland - and they more than matched their opponents in Reykjavik in terms of physicality and technical ability.

Iceland had not conceded a goal in their previous seven qualifiers but any thoughts of finishing the campaign with an unblemished record ended when Mitchell's pin-point cross from the left saw Ross head past Gudbjorg Gunnarsdottir.

Lisa Evans in action for Scotland women in their first game against Iceland
Bayern Munich midfielder Lisa Evans won the penalty for Scotland and hit the bar

The Scots were playing with a poise and authority that may have been the result of already being assured of qualification.

But they were caught out just before the break when Fridriksdottir stole into the box and though she sliced her attempted cut-back, the ball spun past Fay and, despite Mitchell's attempts to clear, crossed the line.

Scotland were unfazed by that setback or the noisy home support and almost took the lead again a minute into the second half when Weir cracked a 25-yard shot against the base of the post.

But the second goal arrived in the 56th minute when Evans exchanged passes with Ross and was then tripped by Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir.

Ross showed why she is Scotland's leading scorer in qualifying with a confident spot-kick, sending Gunnarsdottir the wrong way.

The win might have been even more emphatic if Evans had not clipped the bar after rounding the keeper.

Scotland came under considerable pressure in the closing quarter of the match but Fay was never seriously troubled as the visitors rounded off their successful campaign in style.

Iceland Women: G Gunnarsdottir, Viggosdottir, Gunnarsdottir, M Vidarsdottir, Brynjarsdottir, Gisladottir, Jensen, E Vidarsdottir, A Kirstjansdottir, Thorvaldsdottir, Fridriksdottir. Substitutes: Sigurdardottir, Atladottir, Jonsdottir, Magnusdottir, M Signurdardottir, Larusdottir, Honnudottir.

Scotland Women: Fay; Smith, J Murray, Beattie, Mitchell; L Ross, Love, Weir, Lauder, J Ross, Evans. Substitutes: Lynn, Crichton, C Murray, Arnot, Clelland, Brownlie, Brown.

Euro 2017 Qualifying Group One

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 20th September 2016

As It Stood


1Iceland Women87013423221
2Scotland Women87013072321
3Slovenia Women8305211929
4Belarus Women83051020-109
5Macedonia Women8008451-470


1Spain Women88003923724
2Finland Women84131712513
3Portugal Women84131511413
4R. of Ireland Wom8305171439
5Montenegro Women8008251-490


1France Women88002702724
2Romania Women8512178916
3Ukraine Women84131412213
4Greece Women8206919-106
5Albania Women8008331-280


1Sweden Women87012231921
2Denmark Women86112212119
3Poland Women83141016-610
4Slovakia Women83051113-29
5Moldova Women8008133-320


1Germany Women88003503524
2Russia Women8422149514
3Hungary Women8224820-128
4Croatia Women8215815-77
5Turkey Women8116324-214


1Switzerland Women88003433124
2Italy Women86022681818
3Czech Rep Wom73041217-59
4N Ireland Wom7205921-126
5Georgia Women8008234-320


1England Women87103213122
2Belgium Women85212752217
3Serbia Women83141021-1110
4Bos-Herze Wom8305817-99
5Estonia Women8008033-330


1Norway Women87102922722
2Austria Women85211841417
3Wales Women83231311211
4Kazakhstan Women8116230-284
5Israel Women8026217-152
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