Scotland beat Ukraine 4-0 in its 2023 Girls’s World Cup qualifier on Friday, taking an enormous step in direction of sealing a playoff spot in what was the primary match the Ukrainian nationwide workforce has performed for the reason that Russian invasion.
Ukraine might really feel residence in Poland’s southeastern metropolis of Rzeszow which – positioned about 100km from the Ukrainian border – has been a focus for folks fleeing the war-torn nation and lots of the refugees gathered to cheer on their workforce.
This, nonetheless, didn’t assist Lluis Cortes’ facet to keep away from a sore defeat of their return to motion in a recreation which was initially scheduled for April, as ahead Caroline Weir put Scotland forward within the ninth minute from the penalty spot.
Midfielder Erin Cuthbert made it 2-0 within the seventeenth minute after receiving a again heel cross from Martha Thomas who joined the scoresheet minutes later. Thomas then discovered the again of the web as soon as extra to successfully seal the tie earlier than halftime.
Group B leaders Spain have already certified for subsequent 12 months’s event with 18 factors from six video games, whereas Scotland are 5 factors again and occupy the playoff spot however face competitors from third-place Hungary who’re on 9 factors.
Ukraine, fourth on 4 factors, is out of that race regardless of having two video games in hand because of the postponement of their matches this 12 months.
The World Cup shall be held subsequent 12 months in Australia and New Zealand, beginning on July 20.