Iceland 1-4 Scotland: Shelley Kerr's side finish second in Algarve Cup groupMarch 4, 2019
Scotland recorded a dominant victory over Iceland to secure second place in Group A at the Algarve Cup.
Goals from Lizzie Arnot and Erin Cuthbert were Scotland’s reward for near-total first-half supremacy.
Kim Little and Arnot again scored either side of a Sara Gunnarsdottir strike to end a run of four consecutive defeats in emphatic fashion.
Scotland will play another second-placed side in their play-off match on Wednesday.
Their final opponent will be determined by the game between Poland and the Netherlands.
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Iceland had beaten Scotland in La Manga in January, but there was never any threat of a repeat of that result as Shelley Kerr’s side took a grip of the match from the outset.
The tangible evidence of that came in the shape of Arnot’s early goal, her first for her country. Little fired in a corner from the left and when it broke to Arnot, she buried it beyond goalkeeper Sonny Thrainsdottir in the bottom corner.
Scotland were playing with an intensity and at a tempo the Icelanders could not match, and Cuthbert’s goal deservedly stretched their lead.
Having sent a shot wide from a good position, the tenacious Chelsea forward made up for it a minute later, winning possession just outside the opposition penalty area, allowing Little and Claire Emslie to combine before side-footing Emslie’s cut-back past the stopper.
Cuthbert was also involved in Scotland’s third. It was her shot that was charged down before Little swept the rebound past Thrainsdottir.
A rare moment of Scottish slackness allowed Iceland a chink of light two minutes later, as Gunnarsdottir shot low past the otherwise untroubled Shannon Lynn.
But Arnot restored the three-goal advantage, bundling past Thrainsdottir, who saved her initial effort following a delicious diagonal ball from Caroline Weir.
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