Scotland boss Pedro Martinez Losa hailed his players after they took a massive step towards the Women’s World Cup finals with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Ukraine in Poland last night.

Caroline Weir put Scotland ahead from the penalty spot before Erin Cuthbert added a second and Manchester United forward Martha Thomas netted a second-half double.

Ukraine v Scotland: Group B - FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Qualifier
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Two of the four Rangers players in Martinez Losa’s squad, Nicola Docherty and Sam Kerr, were named in the starting XI with Jane Ross and Lizzie Arnot among the substitutes.

The Scotland boss was delighted with the performance, calling it “phenomenal” as Scotland now sit a win away from a playoff spot.

“We transformed the good work in training into a good performance,” he said [Scottish FA]. “That’s something the group has been deserving for a while.

“I think we were phenomenal in terms of a professional performance, concentration and the objective that we came here with.

It’s the key for any team sport, to be solid defensively, to be a rock. That has to be our identity – we can’t play our football until we are a consistent team and then we can start on the other end of the game.

“The environment, the energy of the players, the application has been fantastic. We have a good connection with all the staff and everyone involved in the national team.

“We need to enjoy this and keep building to the next level together.”

Scotland closing on on Women’s World Cup playoff berth with one game left

With only one game left for Scotland – against the Faroes – they know their hopes of reaching the Women’s World Cup finals are very much in their own hands.

A win would guarantee Scotland second place in the group behind runaway leaders Spain, although Hungary can still overtake Martinez Losa’s side if they fail to beat the Faores by virtue of having a game in hand and only trailing by four points.

However, that would also mean the Hungarians would need to record a shock win over Spain, although Scotland can’t afford to take anything for granted just yet.

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