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Poland Women 2-3 Scotland Women

Caroline Weir closes down Aleksandra Sikora
Scotland's Caroline Weir closes down Poland's Aleksandra Sikora

Scotland fought back from two goals down to beat Poland in Kielce and keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the 2019 World Cup.

Dzesika Jaszek lobbed Poland into an early lead from a tight angle, and then Sophie Howard turned a cross into her own net to double the deficit.

Kim Little's free-kick evaded everyone to pull one back, then Jane Ross drilled a low shot into the corner.

Cuthbert and Little went close before Lisa Evans scored a 90th-minute winner.

Scotland remain three points behind Switzerland, who beat Albania 4-1 away from home, in Group Two, with Shelley Kerr's side facing the leaders at home in their next game in August.

The Scots are currently fifth best of the second-place sides - they need to be in the top four to net a play-off spot at least.

Scotland as a nation are good at hard luck stories. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. But this Scotland side produced a thrilling comeback just when it was needed.

Emma Mitchell and Katarzyna Daleszcyk
Scotland's Emma Mitchell battles Poland's Katarzyna Daleszcyk

The task was clear. Anything other than victory would most likely end any hope of automatic progression to France 2019.

However, in the opening minutes, goalkeeper Lee Alexander had possession but played it into an area that proved costly. Striker Jaszek gathered on the right and fired in a cross which sailed over Alexander's head straight into the net.

A quick, positive response was needed and Kerr's side did just that; dominating the ball, gaining territory and approaching Poland's penalty area with a fair degree of regularity.

Little squared for Cuthbert, but her shot from inside the area was blocked for a corner.

Set plays were too near the goalkeeper. Cross balls were too close to the goalkeeper. Direct efforts on goal were not forthcoming.

Kerr had pinpointed Poland's physicality and that was evident when Cuthbert was cleaned out three times in quick succession. Only one booking emerged to the frustration of the Scottish bench.

Fiona Brown volleyed over from a fabulous position. Cuthbert and Brown had opportunities from close range but could not get the shot away.

It needed a spark of creativity which came when Christie Murray slid Little in who may have struck first time but delayed allowing a challenge to come in. The ball was scrambled away.

That miss was quickly and cruelly punished and again it was a soft concession.

Howard looked in control as a ball flew in from the right, but she stretched and diverted the ball past Alexander for an agonising own goal.

Caroline Weir then had to scamper back to prevent a third with Agata Tarczynska about to pull the trigger.

Sophie Howard (right)
Sophie Howard's (right) own goal gave Poland a 2-0 lead, but Scotland fought back

There seemed no way back as the clock ticked on. Incredibly, there was.

Little floated in a free kick from the left which evaded everyone and found the corner to give Scotland hope.

Then captain Rachel Corsie released Evans who squared for substitute Ross to find the corner.

Alexander then saved superbly from a close range volley to keep Scotland in it. That was crucial to what happened next.

Superb interplay released Cuthbert whose shot deflected but onto the post and away.

Little then smashed from distance and watched in horror as the ball struck the bar, bounced down and out.

The drama continued. In the last minute, Evans beat a defender and found the far corner for a sensational winner, and Scotland now leave Poland on the ultimate high.

Line-ups

Poland Women

  • 1Kiedrzynek
  • 5Sikora
  • 18Grad
  • 7Gusciora
  • 21Wiankowska
  • 16Grabowska
  • 14SiwinskaBooked at 40mins
  • 17DaleszczykSubstituted forMatysikat 73'minutes
  • 11KamczykSubstituted forTarczynskaat 58'minutes
  • 15Winczo
  • 6JaszekSubstituted forMatuschewskiat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Pozerska
  • 4Matysik
  • 8Chudzik
  • 10Tarczynska
  • 12Szymanska
  • 20Matuschewski
  • 23Mesjasz

Scotland

  • 1Alexander
  • 15Howard
  • 4Corsie
  • 5Beattie
  • 3Mitchell
  • 16MurraySubstituted forRossat 68'minutes
  • 9Weir
  • 11Evans
  • 8Little
  • 20BrownSubstituted forArnotat 75'minutes
  • 22Cuthbert

Substitutes

  • 6Love
  • 7Lauder
  • 12Lynn
  • 13Ross
  • 14Arthur
  • 19Clelland
  • 23Arnot
Referee:
Stéphanie Frappart
Attendance:
4,410

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 12th June 2018

  • Poland WomenPoland Women2ScotlandScotland3
  • WalesWales3RussiaRussia0
  • Belarus WomenBelarus Women0SwitzerlandSwitzerland5
  • Bos-Herze WomBosnia and Herzegovina0Kazakhstan WomenKazakhstan Women2
  • Czech Rep WomCzech Republic4Faroe Islands WomenFaroe Islands Women1
  • NorwayNorway1R. of Ireland WomRepublic of Ireland0
  • DenmarkDenmark5Hungary WomenHungary Women1
  • Serbia WomenSerbia Women0Finland WomenFinland Women2
  • Ukraine WomenUkraine Women1SwedenSweden0
  • Israel WomenIsrael Women0AustriaAustria6
  • Romania WomenRomania Women1PortugalPortugal1
  • NetherlandsNetherlands1Slovakia WomenSlovakia Women0

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales752070717
2England65102011916
3Russia62131013-37
4Kazakhstan Women6105212-103
5Bos-Herze Wom7106316-133

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland66002031718
2Scotland65011551015
3Poland Women6213121117
4Albania Women7115520-154
5Belarus Women7106417-133

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands76102102119
2Norway65011631315
3R. of Ireland Wom731366010
4N Ireland Wom6105422-183
5Slovakia Women6006319-160

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden65011821615
2Denmark65012161515
3Ukraine Women631277010
4Hungary Women7115824-164
5Croatia Women7025419-152

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland65102131816
2Germany65012832515
3Czech Rep Wom63121771010
4Slovenia Women7205918-96
5Faroe Islands Women7007145-440

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy77001821621
2Belgium64112552013
3Portugal612310735
4Romania Women612369-35
5Moldova Women7016238-361

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain66001711618
2Austria7412156913
3Finland Women631274310
4Serbia Women7214510-57
5Israel Women8017023-231
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