FIFA World Cup 2019 Qualifiers
Albania v Scotland
Tuesday, 4 September 2018, kick-off 4pm (UK time)
The Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër
On Thursday night, the Scotland women’s national team were on fire, beating top seeds Switzerland 2-1 in a pulsating match in front of a record crowd.
The victory now sets up a dramatic final day in the FIFA World Cup 2019 Qualifiers where all matches will kick-off simultaneously.
Scotland have had a successful campaign so far, beating Tuesday’s opponents Albania 5-0 last year and losing only once in the group, against Switzerland 1-0.
The support last night was incredible. Thanks to everyone for attending, tuning in and also to those who made it possible. Huge credit to the players, they were simply magnificent.— Shelley Kerr (@Kerr5Shelley) August 31, 2018
One more to go and let’s see where it takes us🏴#SWNT https://t.co/HtioD29AJU
What do Scotland need to do to qualify?
If Scotland better Switzerland’s result in Poland, then Shelley Kerr’s side will automatically qualify for their World Cup.
A draw would be enough to seal a play-off spot alongside the other three best placed runners-up. The draw for the play-offs will then take place on Friday in Nyon, Switzerland.
Shelley Kerr’s side are reporting a clean bill of health following Thursday night’s match.
What to expect from Albania
Ranked 75th in the world, Albania are currently second bottom of the group, recording a 1-0 win over Belarus and a 1-1 draw against Poland so far in the campaign.
They play their matches at the The Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër where Alex Mcleish’s side will take on Albania in the UEFA Nations League away match later this year.
The stadium holds around 16,000 and has a grass pitch, home to KF Vllaznia Shkodër.
Thoughts of Shelley Kerr
Looking back on Thursday’s frantic encounter she said: “I think I’ve just about calmed down now.
“The players were probably on a high for longer than the coaches but on reflection that was our best performance for a long time.
“We had a bit of everything whether it was controlled aggression, playing with flair or with a high press and intensity.
“Another big thing for us was the support which was phenomenal and for me, it was a watershed moment for women’s football in Scotland.
“We need to put that in the bin now and focus on Albania because we want to finish the campaign strongly.”
It’s around a year since Shelley Kerr’s first match in charge of the team and she is happy with the progress that has been made since taking over.
“We have developed and matured as a team. I’m delighted with the progress over the last year. We’ve played 12 games and only lost two.
“The players deserve all the credit for that. We’ve had some heated discussions along the way but they’ve worked hard and are reaping the rewards.”
Looking ahead to what could well be a historic and dramatic night with World Cup qualification still a possibility, she said: “Switzerland have to play a really good team in the shape of Poland.
“That will be a tough match for them and Albania will be hard for us too.
“There’s almost more pressure on us because Albania are lower ranked, so we need to make sure we’re ready to unlock their defence.
“They drew 1-1 with Poland which showed their attacking threats and their robust defence.
“Football is a strange game and who knows what could happen on the day."
Where can you watch the match?
The game will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA.