Scotland will host Finland on Easter Road on Tuesday evening to qualify for Euro 2022. The Scots are aiming for their third qualification in a row for a grand final and can get there as group winners, as the best runner-up or through the play-offs
Scottish women’s deputy head coach Andy Thomson insists there is no need to panic as the team try to rekindle their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2022 against Finland.
The 0-1 defeat against Portugal in Lisbon on Friday evening was the second defeat in a row. With three Group E games remaining, Scotland ranks third on nine points, four behind Finland and Portugal.
The Finns, who beat Scotland 1-0 in October, will travel to Easter Road on Tuesday evening to play the second leg.
The Scots are aiming for their third qualification in a row for a grand final and can get there as group winners, as the best runner-up or through the play-offs.
Scotland is without the physical presence of head coach Shelley Kerr, who is self-isolating after a Covid-19 outbreak on the men’s U21 roster, and her assistant Thomson assessed the situation.
He said: « Even though we know we didn’t play well enough and we lost the games, we still know we are a good team. The difficulty is that we lost two games in a row.
« It’s not time to panic, it’s just time to refocus and get back to the level that wins games.
« The clarity is that you have to go and win. It just focuses your mind and you know what to do.
« It’s never easy, but at least you know what the black and white of the situation is like.
« We were 2-0 in Poland with 15 minutes to go and we knew we had to win and we won.
« We won against Switzerland, so we have the experience and hope we can use it tomorrow night. «
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