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Scotland women qualify for historic first World Cup in France after victory over Albania

Kim Little
Kim Little

Scotland women have qualified for the World Cup for the first time after a 2-1 win over Albania.

That victory, coupled with Switzerland’s 0-0 draw in Poland, was enough to put Shelley Kerr’s side top of the group and gain automatic qualification to the tournament in France next year.

The two sides started the day level on points but the Swiss were ahead on goal difference. A 2-1 win for the Scots against Switzerland on Thursday night had thrown them back in the mix for top spot and Tuesday’s dramatic results sealed their qualification.

Kim Little, from Mintlaw, opened the scoring for Scotland but Megi Doci levelled just before half-time.

Jane Ross netted in the second half to restore Scotland’s advantage, in a game where they were the dominant side.

As time wound down in Albania, all eyes were on the Poland-Switzerland game as a late goal for the Swiss would have consigned Scotland to a play-off.

However their nerves were spared and instead scenes of jubilation were seen as the Scots sealed a historic triumph.

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