Scotland Women on course for World Cup play-off place

Scotland beat Ukraine 4-0
Caroline Weir celebrates with teammates after scoring from a penalty. (Photo: Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)

Scotland scored four first-half goals in winning their FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying Group game with Ukraine in Poland.

The result means that a Scotland victory away to the Faroe Islands in September will secure them a top-two finish in the group, which is led by Spain.

Although they had an early scare when Ukraine blazed a great chance over the bar, Caroline Weir converted a ninth-minute penalty given for a foul on Claire Emslie.

A Martha Thomas back-heel found Erin Cuthbert for a composed finish, before the former bagged a brace by the break.

Martha Thomas bagged a brace for Scotland
Martha Thomas bagged a brace for Scotland. (Photo: Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)

Thomas headed home a Cuthbert corner at the far post and the same pair combined similarly to make it 4-0.

It would have been a hat-tick for Thomas but she was denied by a goal-line clearance, then by save from Kateryna Samson.

Other World Cup Qualifying results

Group C – Belarus 2-1 Czech Republic
Group D – Latvia 1-0 Luxembourg
Group G – Moldova 0-4 Romania

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