Scotland will begin their 2017 UEFA European Championship campaign away to Slovenia tomorrow determined to prove their qualifying credentials right from the off.
In 2013, Scotland kicked-off their qualification group with a 6-1 win away to Israel and a similar result at the Ajdovscina Stadion would give them the perfect start in Group 1.
Here are 5 results from previous European qualifying campaigns that can inspire the team ahead of tomorrow’s game:
Wales 1-2 Scotland | 15 September 2012
Scotland went into this game in Llanelli needing a win to secure their spot in the play-off stages. Helen Landers first-half strike put the home side in front before Jo Love leveled the game in the dying minutes of the first-half. With 22 minutes remaining, Kim Little propped up with the decisive goal of the game to fire Scotland into their second successive play-off.
Scotland 8-0 Israel | 16 June 2012
A Kim Little hat-trick with added goals from Hayley Lauder, Megan Sneddon, Jo Love, Jane Ross and Rachel Corsie saw Scotland claim a resounding 8-0 victory over Israel at Tynecastle Stadium in 2012. Watch all eight of the goals below:
Scotland 6-0 Slovakia | 28 September 2008
Goals from Beattie, Fleeting (x2), Hamill, Little and Grant give Scotland a 6-0 win in their final game of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2009 qualifying campaign. The victory was enough to see Scotland go through to the play-offs as one of the best third-placed teams.
Portugal 1-8 Scotland | 7 June 2003
After a disappointing defeat to Germany in the group’s opening game the pressure was all on Scotland to mount a serious comeback against the Portuguese in Nelas. An extraordinary performance from Julie Fleeting saw Scotland’s record goalscorer contribute six goals in a comfortable 8-1 win. Linda Brown provided the other two strikes. Scotland may have missed out on a play-off place by one point in the end, but the campaign would provide us with plenty of encouragement for the years ahead.
Republic of Ireland 0-3 Scotland | 29 April 2000
Scotland had already recorded a 3-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland at Broadwood Stadium earlier in the campaign but were expecting a tougher challenge in the reverse fixture at Dublin’s Richmond Park. However, a Julie Fleeting double in the closing stages of the first-half and a 68th minute goal from Donna Jones ensured maximum points for the Scots over the two games.