Iceland vs. Scotland
6pm (UK Time)
Live on BBC ALBA
On Friday there were jubilant scenes in Scotland’s Edinburgh hotel as it was confirmed the women’s team had qualified for a major championships for the first time in their history.
With Portugal defeating Finland, Anna Signeul’s team have guaranteed a spot for Euro 2017 in Holland as one of the best placed runner’s up.
The campaign isn’t finished yet though with the women’s team taking part in an historic event in Reykjavik.
Today sees the 35th anniversary of Icelandic women’s football with their first match against Scotland where the Scots reigned victorious.
Now the team, led by Gemma Fay, are across in Iceland once more seeking to settle a score after losing to Iceland earlier this year 4-0 in Falkirk.
It was a defeat that has left a bitter taste in the mouth and something that coach Anna Signeul is looking to put right tonight.
She said: “We were not happy losing 4-0 earlier this year so we need to get our pride back.
“I definitely think we need to be more compact and not concede any goals.
“As soon as the squad met on Thursday they were so determined as they have something to prove against Iceland.
“The focus in the training sessions has been brilliant and I’m very proud of them.
“We trained at the stadium yesterday and it’s a very nice arena to play in so we’re really looking forward to the game.
“There is a really great buzz around the group and a good feeling that we can get a positive result.
“It’s important that we learn all the time, every time we play. What we learnt from the last game against Iceland is that we need to be 100% focussed and hungry to want to win every ball on the pitch.”
With it being 35 years since women’s football was introduced in Iceland, Signeul took some time to reflect on how much the sport has grown over the years.
Scotland’s place in Holland secured, and interest has peaked around the women’s game with a healthy travelling support already expected for the Euros to roar on Signeul’s squad.
She said: “It’s 35 years today since Iceland’s first match against Scotland and their sport has grown greatly since then.
“The opportunities there are for female players now is just phenomenal.
“Iceland have had a professional set-up for quite while and we are progressing a lot too.
“Women’s football is a fantastic sport and lots more people are becoming interested in it which is thoroughly deserved as the players are incredibly talented.”