England Women beat Belgium, Scotland defeated by Dutch

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Lauren Hemp fires England in front against Belgium at The King Power Stadium. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

England edged Belgium in UEFA Women’s Nations League Group A1 while Scotland went down to the Netherlands.

Ella Toone did not make the most of a headed opportunity after a Lauren Hemp shot was parried and although England started at a pace, Mary Earps was soon forced in to a good save by Justine Vanhaevermaet.

The Lionesses were ahead after 13 minutes, Millie Bright’s header coming back off the post and Hemp finishing.

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Mary Earps of England makes a save from Janice Cayman of Belgium. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Alessia Russo volleyed over following a Chloe Kelly run and shot, before Earps made a flying save from Sarah Wijnants strike from outside the box.

Nicky Evrard beat away Alex Greenwood’s 25-yard free kick but the Lionesses had done enough to leapfrog the Red Flames into second place in the table, goal-difference behind the Dutch.

The return game is on Tuesday 31 October, when Belgium host England at OH Leuven (live on ITV4 at 7.30pm).

England v Belgium - UEFA Women's Nations League
Tine De Caigny of Belgium and Georgia Stanway of England battle for possession. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Netherlands took an 11th-minute lead over Scotland, when Kerstin Casparij deflected cross was netted by Danielle van de Donk.

It was 2-0 soon after the half hour, Sophie Howard’s attempted clearance from a Jill Roord effort leading to a tidy Esmee Brugts finish.

The Dutch got a third early in the second half, Caitlin Dijkstra’s long ball picked up by Lineth Beerensteyn who lobbed goalkeeper Lee Gibson.

Beerensteyn then got her second and the Netherlands fourth from a Victoria Pelova cross.

Scotland next entertain the Netherlands at Hampden Park on Tuesday (live on BBC Alba, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport Website at 7.45pm).

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