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Anna Signeul hails Scotland’s ‘fantastic performance’ against Bosnia

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Scotland fired seven goals past Bosnia Herzegovina to go three points clear at the top of their World Cup Qualifying group on Thursday night at Fir Park.

Having scored seven goals last Sunday against the Faroe Islands, Scotland were in a very confident mood and it showed as they dominated the Bosnians from start to finish and managed to stop the visitors from registering a single shot on Gemma Fay’s goal.

With Sweden not in action, this game provided Scotland with the perfect opportunity to put some pressure on their closest group opponents and group favourites.

Scotland’s first chance of the match came with only four minutes gone when Kim Little made a neat little chip into the box which found Jane Ross, finding space to turn and shoot from 12 yards, but her shot was deflected narrowly wide for a corner.

With five minutes of the match played, Leanne Crichton had a pop at goal, however her shot from just inside the box went narrowly over.

But Scotland’s early pressure was to pay off on six minutes as they finally took the lead through Lisa Evans. The Turbine Potsdam striker showed superior speed and technique as she powered past the Bosnian defence before slotting the ball into the low far corner of the net.

It only took a further six minutes for Scotland to add a second this time through Glasgow City’s Leanne Ross. Some net one touch passing from Scotland ended with Arsenal’s Kim Little cutting back from the goal-line to Ross who made no mistake in slotting the ball low into corner of the net.

Sweden-based Jane Ross was causing all sorts of problems for the Bosnian defence and nearly got a goal for herself on 21 minutes, however her effort from six yards out was blocked by a last ditch tackle, which turned the ball wide and out for a corner.

Scotland had two offside goals in the opening half and the first of those came on 22 minutes when Lisa Evans turned home a Rachel Corsie cross, however she was judged to be narrowly offside.

Arsenal’s Kim Little seemed to be behind every attacking move Scotland made in the first 45 minutes and she showed some superb skill on 27 minutes to put Leanne Ross through on goal, however Ross could only volley the ball wide of Hodzic’s goal.

The third goal for Scotland came with ten-minutes of the first-half remaining. It was Olympian Kim Little’s turn to score as she expertly took the ball round Hodzic in the Bosnia goal before slotting the ball into an empty net.

Lisa Evans thought she had her second goal of the game just before the break when she slotted home a Leanne Crichton chip from ten-yards-out, however she was judged to have been offside by the Turkish lineswomen once more.

Into the second-half and Scotland instantly put the Bosnian’s under pressure winning a corner within a minute of the restart. The corner from Kim Little found Corsie whose header was punched clear by Hodzic for another corner.

Little took the corner from the other side and again found Corsie, who this time made no mistake as she headed towards the top corner with the ball coming off the post and into the net past Hodzic.

Scotland’s fifth goal came on 55 minutes through Jane Ross, she found space in the box to volley home a Lisa Evans cross into the far corner of the net.

They nearly had a sixth a minute later this time with Ross setting up Lisa Evans, however Evans was once more ruled offside with her expert close range finish counting for nothing.

Scotland got their sixth through some awful goalkeeping and defending on 64 minutes when Bosnia failed to clear a Little cross into the box with Beattie able to prod the ball towards Spahic who then headed the ball into her own net past a hapless Hodzic, who should have saved the ball with ease but instead let the ball crawl past her fingers.

Hodzic made amends for her mistake only minutes later when she saved a point-blank range effort from Leanne Crichton as the Bosnian keeper got down expertly to save the shot at her near post.

Kim Little took a shot on goal herself with ten minutes remaining, however her effort from just outside the penalty box went straight down the throat of Hodzic who comfortably saved.

Goal number seven came in the 90th minute as Glasgow City’s Suzanne Lappin coolly stroked the ball into the bottom corner from just several yards out after getting on the end of an inch perfect cross from Kim Little out wide.

Scotland are back in World Cup Qualifying action next month as they travel away to face Poland as well as coming back to Fir Park to play Northern Ireland.

Scotland manager Anna Signeul was pleased with her side’s performance, she said: “I am so proud of the players, it was a fantastic performance tonight. I couldn’t ask for a better start to the home qualifiers. We were very tight on Sunday, but we made two mistakes and that cost us a lot but that’s how we work with this team, we work all the time to develop and it’s still a very young team but it’s a fantastic team.

“Seven goal-scorers is unbelievable, that shows the quality of the players we have and also like I said before the game, we have winners on the pitch and I think you saw that with the determination to score goals.

“We focus on one game at a time and every game will be important. We won’t take any team for granted. This is a group with six very good teams in it and we are going to prepare the best we can for every game. If we can go out and start every game like we did today, the first 15-20 minutes was absolutely fantastic, you couldn’t ask for more.”

Scotland: Gemma Fay, Frankie Brown, Rachel Corsie, Jennifer Beattie, Hayley Lauder (Emma Mitchell), Leanne Crichton, Megan Sneddon, Jane Ross (Suzanne Malone), Kim Little, Lisa Evans, Leanne Ross (Suzanne Lappin)

Subs not used: Nicola Docherty, Shannon Lynn, Eilish McSorley, Joelle Murray

Bosnia Herzegovina: Almina Hodzic, Nikolina Dijakovic (Alma Hadzic), Amira Spahic, Milena Nikolic, Amela Fetahovic (Andrea Grebnar), Aida Hadzic, Iris Kadric, Alisa Sphaic (Tatjana Stanic), Lidija Kulis, Svjetlana Crnjak, Amela Krso

Subs not used: Arnela Begic, Sumeja Bektas, Maksida Islamovic

Attendance: 1061

Referee: Dilan Deniz Gokcek (Turkey)

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