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Euro 2021 qualifying: Albania v Scotland – Can Kerr’s side keep up 100% record?

Euro 2021 qualifying: Albania v Scotland – Can Kerr’s side keep up 100% record?

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By Stefan Bienkowski

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Albania 0-0 Scotland

    We’re only five minutes in to the game but Albania have yet to leave their own half. Strong start from Scotland as they continue to search for an opening.

  2. ‘Scotland have to be clinical’

    Albania 0-0 Scotland

    Steven Thompson

    Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: Albania suffered losses in their last three games. I think Scotland are going to have an awful lot of the ball tonight, but we have to be clinical.

    Albania suffered losses in their last three games. I think Scotland are going to have an awful lot of the ball tonight, but we have to be clinical.

  3. CLOSE!

    Albania 0-0 Scotland

    Striker Jane Ross gets on the end of a cross with her head at the front post but she fires it over the crossbar. Very close for the visitors.

  4. Post update

    Albania 0-0 Scotland

    As expected, Scotland have wasted little time taking the game to their opponents. Kirsty Hanson swings a cross in from the right and Albania already look concerned.

  5. KICK-OFF

    Albania 0-0 Scotland

    And we’re underway at the Elbasan Arena!

  6. Recent form of both sides

    Albania v Scotland (17:10)

    Scotland

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    Albania

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  7. A throwback to the last time Scotland were in Albania

    Albania v Scotland (17:10)

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    Video caption: Throwback to the last time Scotland were in Albania

    Shelley Kerr and most of her Scotland team will be returning to Albania with warm memories. Just 14 months ago a narrow 2-1 win confirmed their place in the 2019 World Cup – a first for the women’s team.

    My esteemed colleague Amy MacBeath has run through the changes that have been made to the national team since then. You can read that right here.

  8. Head-to-head record

    Albania v Scotland (17:10)

    Head to head

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    Scotland and Albania have only met twice prior to tonight’s clash. The first meeting came in 2017 when Scotland won 5-0 in Paisley, with goals from Fiona Brown, Jane Ross, Claire Emslie and Jane Ross.

    The second tie came last year when goals from Kim Little and Jane Ross confirmed all three points and a 2-1 win in Albania. A victory that was rather significant for Kerr’s side…

  9. As things stand in the group

    Albania v Scotland (17:10)

    table

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    Scotland currently sit six points behind table-topping Finland but eagle-eyed readers will note that Shelley Kerr’s side have two games in hand.

    A win tonight will, naturally, bring Scotland up to six points and then another victory over Cyprus in April will put the Scots on a level footing with Finland.

  10. Tonight’s venue…

    Albania v Scotland (17:10)

  11. Kerr makes four changes for Albania test

    Albania v Scotland (17:10)

    Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr has made four changes from the side that so emphatically thumped Cyprus in August.

    Emma Mitchell and Erin Cuthbert come in alongside Hannah Godfrey and Kirsty Hanson, who are making their international debuts. They step in to the starting XI in place of Kirsty Smith, Jennifer Beattie, Hayley Lauder and Kim Little.

    Cuthbert

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  12. LINE-UPS from the Elbasan Arena

    Albanian v Scotland (17:10)

    Albania: Rexhepi, Rrahmani, Bajraktari, Maliqi, Bajramaj, Morina, Krasniqi, Doci, Hila, Gjini, Franja.

    Substitutes: Raxhimi, Elezaj, Curraj, Begolli, Lufo, Mustafa, Rrotani.

    Scotland: Alexander, Mitchell, Corsie, Weir, Crichton, Evans, Ross, Godfrey, Emslie, Hanson, Cuthbert.

    Substitutes: Lynn, Fife, McLaughlan, Boyle, Harrison, Arthur, Murray, Grant, Graham, Arnot.

  13. Scotland putting past troubles behind them

    Albania v Scotland (17:10)

    After a disappointing World Cup and reports of a tearful meeting between the players and head coach Shelley Kerr, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine Scotland stumbling through a qualifying campaign just a few months later.

    However, like all good teams, Scotland have put the torments of the past behind them and after a superb 8-0 win over Cyprus in their first game. Kerr’s side look like they’re back to their old selves ahead of tonight’s clash with Albania.

    Scotland

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  14. Good Evening!

    Albania v Scotland (17:10)

    After a superb week for Scottish football on the continent, Shelley Kerr’s side travel to Albania to take another step towards qualification for the European Championships in 2021.

    You can follow all of tonight’s action right here – just click that “live” button above this message – or if you’re making your dinner or out for an evening jog you can follow along on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online from 17:00 GMT.

    If you want to get it up on the TV you can also watch it live on BBC Alba.

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