Scotland women footballers celebrate Euro 2017 qualification

Anna Signeul. Picture: Toby Williams
Anna Signeul. Picture: Toby Williams
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Scotland Women have qualified for their first major tournament.

Anna Signeul’s side saw their place at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands secured without kicking a ball today.

The Scots needed just one of four other games to go their way over Thursday and Friday and the second game did, as Finland’s 3-2 defeat in Portugal ended their hopes of finishing as one of the six best runners-up.

Scotland would have qualified anyway with a point in Iceland on Tuesday but the news from Portugal takes the pressure off ahead of their final group game.

Head coach Signeul, quoted on the Scottish Football Association’s Twitter account, said: “To qualify is a fantastic achievement. I’m so proud of all the girls. We can’t wait for the Euros next summer.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was quick to congratulate the squad on their achievement.

Scotland have taken 18 points from seven matches, sitting second behind Iceland on their head-to-head record.

Speaking on Thursday, Signeul said qualification would be the culmination of years of hard work.

“For some of the players who have been in the squad for as long as I have, it’s been what we’ve wanted to achieve the whole time,” she said.

“Some of them have been in the squad for 19 years and the reason they are so dedicated is that they are so desperate to go to a major finals.

“I’m really proud of the players because of how much they put into football.”