Sweden 2-0 Scotland: Ladies face World Cup playoff

SCOTLAND must strive to reach their first major championship finals the hard way after slipping into the Women’s World Cup 2015 play-offs after suffering a 2-0 defeat in Sweden.

Scotland's Kim Little had hoped for a victory and automatic qualification. Picture: PA

The Scots needed at least a 3-1 win in Gothenburg to overhaul Sweden and top Group Four, but Therese Sjogran and Lotta Schelin denied skipper Gemma Fay’s side automatic progress.

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Now Scotland face two rounds of play-off battles in October and November to claim the final European qualifying place for Canada 2015.

Coach Anna Signeul’s side blitzed the Faroe Isles 9-0 on Saturday, but were unable to force any kind of repeat against the Swedes, who progress automatically to next year’s World Cup.