17 Aug 2022 | 08:07 | Football
Scotland won a prized Women’s World Cup qualifier with a 4-0 victory over Ukraine in Rzeszow.
Scotland are now four points ahead of Hungary in the race for second place.
All goals came before half-time as Scotland stamped their authority on a game they simply couldn’t afford to lose.
Caroline Weir and Erin Cuthbert took control of Scotland before Martha Thomas came on for the Ukrainians to fight for pride.
Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the game was postponed and moved to southeastern Poland.
Scotland got off to a perfect start when Claire Emsley was fouled in the Ukrainian box and Will deftly avoided a 9th-minute penalty.
Cuthbert doubled the lead with a clever back-heel in the game, and it was further extended 23 minutes later when Thomas slid at the far post.
Thomas escaped her marker again two minutes before half-time, meeting Cuthbert’s corner and scoring with a looping header.
A 51st-minute goal-line clearance kept Thomas from scoring a hat-trick as Scotland saw the victory with little panic.
Hungary has a game in hand, but Scotland will beat bottom-placed Faroe Islands in September to secure a play-off spot behind group leaders Spain.