Wales started off this international week with a solid 4-0 victory against Faroe Islands. They faced Norway on Tuesday where they fell to a 1-0 defeat despite throwing everything at the visitors. It now means qualification is out of their hands, despite having a game left to play next month.
Reading’s Natasha Harding played in both matches, scoring twice against the Faroe Islands. Sophie Ingle (Chelsea), Rhiannon Roberts (Liverpool), Angharad James (Reading) and Hayley Ladd (Manchester United) also played 180 minutes while Kayleigh Green (Brighton), Jess Fishlock (Reading), Rachel Rowe (Reading) and Georgia Walters (Blackburn Rovers) featured in both.
Bristol City’s Gemma Evans and Tottenham’s Josie Green both played against the Faroe Islands while Blackburn’s Elise Hughes played 72 minutes in central defence against Norway.
Special shout out to Reading’s Lily Woodham, who came on in the second half against the Faroe Islands to score her first international goal.
Republic of Ireland
There was heartbreak for the Republic of Ireland who need a point to secure at least a play-off spot when they travelled to the Ukraine. They fell to a 1-0 defeat due to an own goal from Aine O’Gorman in the first half. They now have to beat Germany when they visit Dublin next month.
Arsenal’s Katie McCabe captained the side while West Ham’s Courtney Brosnan replaced Marie Hourihan in goal. Brighton’s Megan Connolly and Denise O’Sullivan and Leicester City’s Ruesha Littlejohn all played 90 minutes. Birmingham’s Harriet Scott and Brighton’s Rianna Jarrett were substituted late on.
Scotland were back in Euro 2022 qualifying action for the first time in seven months. They recorded a strong 3-0 victory over Albania at home but will rue missing their chances when they fell to a 1-0 defeat in Helsinki.
Birmingham’s Rachel Corsie captained her side in both matches, scoring the opener against Albania. Also playing 180 minutes were Reading’s Emma Mitchell, Everton’s Claire Emslie, Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert, and Manchester City’s Caroline Weir, who scored the final goal against Albania. Manchester United’s Kirsty Hanson, Kirsty Smith and Jane Ross and West Ham’s Martha Thomas also featured in both games.
Tottenham’s Hannah Godfrey and Everton’s Lucy Graham both featured against Albania, while Leicester’s Sophie Howard came into defence against Finland and Birmingham captain, Christie Murray, played 77 minutes.
Kenny Shiels’ Northern Ireland side travelled to Minsk to try and keep up the pressure in Group C. They came away with a 1-0 victory against Belarus, despite going down to 10 players.
Liverpool’s Rachel Furness was the star of the show, popping up at the far post to score just before the break. Durham’s Sarah Robson captained her side, while Birmingham’s Chloe McCarron and Everton’s Simone Magill played the 90 minutes.
Sheffield United goalkeeper, Becky Flaherty, came on with half an hour played when Jacqueline Burns received a red card.
Denmark secured qualification for the tournament with two victories out of two. They put four goals past Israel before beating Italy 3-1 in Empoli.
Chelsea’s Pernille Harder captained her side in both fixtures, scoring twice against Israel. Everton’s Nicoline Sørensen and Aston Villa’s Stine Larsen also featured in both games while Everton’s Rikke Sevecke played 90 minutes against Italy.
Sweden also secured qualification for Euro 2022 with a 7-0 win over Latvia and 2-0 victory over Iceland.
Chelsea’s Jonna Andersson and Magdalena Eriksson played the full 90 in both with Eriksson notching a goal against Latvia.
The dancing Dutch secured another Euro 2022 place with two victories this window. They put seven past Estonia and six past Kosovo.
Arsenal’s Danielle Van de Donk scored three across the two fixtures. Manchester United’s Jackie Groenen also featured in both, notching two goals against Estonia. Meawhile, Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema started the first and came on in the second half against Kosovo, scoring in injury time.
Brighton’s Inessa Kaagman appeared as a second-half subsitute in both games while Brighton’s Danique Kerkdijk featured against Estonia.
Norway confirmed their place in the European Championships with a 1-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff.
Chelsea’s Maren Mjelde received her 150th international cap and captained her side. There were also Chelsea faces in Maria Thorisdottir and Guro Reiten, who both featured. Brighton goalkeeper, Cecilie Fiskerstrand, played between the sticks while Everton’s Ingrid Moe Wold played 90 minutes. Reading’s Amalie Eikeland came on in the second half.
Switzerland edged closer to qualification with a 2-0 victory over Romania.
Arsenal’s Lia Wälti captained her side while Malin Gut played 76 minutes. West Ham’s Alisha Lehmann came on as a second half substitute.
After registering an 11-0 win over North Macedonia, the French were held to a draw by a resolute Austrian side.
Everton’s Valerie Gauvin featured in both games, scoring in the first minute against North Macedonia. West Ham’s Kenza Dali appeared as a second half substitute in the first game.
Portugal overtook Scotland in Group E with two victories against Cyprus.
Aston Villa’s Diana Silva played in both fixtures, scoring in the first.
Finland remained top of Group E with their 1-0 victory over Scotland.
Everton’s Tinja-Riikka Korpela played 90 minutes in goal.
In Group D, the Czech Republic lost 4-0 to Spain before registering a 3-0 win over Azeerbaijan.
West Ham’s Katerina Svitková came on a second half substitute against Spain before playing 72 minutes against Azerbaijan.
It was a big result in Group E for Austria to hold France to a goalless draw.
Arsenal’s Manuela Zinsberger starred in goal while Viktoria Schnaderbeck captained the side.
Cyprus were defeated twice by Portugal, 3-0 and 1-0 respectively.
Lewes’ Filippa Savva played 90 minutes in both games.