SCOTLAND fly out to Gothenburg this morning knowing that they have, at worst, secured a place in the four-team play-offs for next summer’s Women’s World Cup after demolishing the Faroe Islands at Fir Park.
Anna Signeul’s side could also qualify automatically if they beat Group 4 leaders Sweden by 3-1 or more – the scoreline when Sweden won at Fir Park in June.
“We’ve made history,” Signeul said. “We’re in the play-offs for the World Cup for the first time.
“We will go to Sweden and try to beat them. Why shouldn’t we? There will be no pressure on us because they are the top seeds and favourites to qualify.
“I’m very pleased with the performance tonight. We scored nine goals – and good goals.”
Scotland knew before kick-off that Sweden had beaten Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0. It was a scoreline they achieved themselves in just 11 minutes.
The gulf in class was all too apparent even before Kim Little celebrated her 100th appearance with a goal six minutes after the match got under way. Faroes goalkeeper Randi Wardum did very well to parry Caroline Weir’s fierce shot, but seconds later Hayley Lauder slipped the ball to Little, who scored.
Seattle Reign midfielder Little then provided the pass for Arsenal’s Weir to score her first international goal four minutes later, and Jane Ross scored from close range just 60 seconds later.
The visitors managed to stop the flow of goals until the second half, but were four down within seconds of the second period beginning, Lauder providing the assist for Ross to thump home her second goal.
Ross notched her hat-trick with her 33rd international goal seven minutes later. Rachel Corsie made it six and Leanne Crichton hit number seven just before the hour.
Corsie added her second – and Scotland’s eighth – in the 69th minute. Jenny Beattie completed the rout with a ninth in injury time.