Scottish Daily Mail

Women’s Eu­ros hopes in bal­ance af­ter Lis­bon loss

- By ALAN DOU­GLAS Sports · Soccer · Lisbon · Portugal · Portugal national football team · Finland · Erin Cuthbert

SCOT­LAND Women’s Euro 2022 hopes are hang­ing by a thread af­ter they suf­fered a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive de­feat in their qual­i­fi­ca­tion cam­paign last night. And this loss in Lis­bon would have been a hard watch for head coach Shel­ley Kerr, self-iso­lat­ing back home af­ter be­ing iden­ti­fied as a close con­tact of a mem­ber of Scot­land Un­der-21s’ back­room staff who tested pos­i­tive for Covid. Both sides had failed to make the most of first-half chances be­fore static de­fend­ing by the vis­i­tors al­lowed Ana Borges to score mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod. Erin Cuth­bert and Martha Thomas had late chances to equalise but were de­nied by Por­tu­gal keeper Pa­tri­cia Mo­rais. The Scots are third in Group E, four points be­hind last night’s hosts and a Fin­land side who de­feated them 1-0 last month. Now they sim­ply have to beat the Finns in the sec­ond game of their dou­ble-header at Easter Road on Tues­day night, when Kerr will again be ab­sent. As­sis­tant Andy Thom­son, who was stand­ing in for the head coach, told the BBC: ‘We need to win all our three re­main­ing games and, against Fin­land, it will be an­other tough game against a very ag­gres­sive and well-or­gan­ised op­po­nent. ‘If we move the ball swiftly in the way we did in the sec­ond half tonight, we will cre­ate chances and we just need to take them. ‘The play­ers will pick them­selves up. They are dis­ap­pointed and dev­as­tated about the re­sult, but they will feel they can qual­ify in some kind of way and they know they have to beat Fin­land. ‘We al­ways knew this was go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult game against well-or­gan­ised op­po­si­tion. ‘It is dif­fi­cult to cre­ate chances against them. I felt we did it on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions but we didn’t make the most of those op­por­tu­ni­ties and then con­ceded a poor goal. ‘At worst, we should have come out with a draw. It was very sim­i­lar to Fin­land in per­for­mance. I’m happy with their ef­fort, happy that we cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties, but you need to take them and we didn’t and got pun­ished.’

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