Euro 2025 women’s qualifiers: Scotland win, Wales draw and Republic of Ireland lose | football news

Scotland boosted their Euro 2025 qualification hopes after overcoming a half-hour kick-off delay following a disruption by protesters to beat Israel 4-1 at Hampden Park.

The decision was made earlier this month to play the match behind closed doors following intelligence about planned disruptions in response to Israel’s ongoing offensive in Gaza.

As around 150 Palestinian fans gathered in front of the main stand of the national stadium, the start of the match was delayed by just over 30 minutes after a protester wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Red Card for Israel” breached security of Hampden and chained to a goal post.

The Scotland team returns to the locker room while waiting for the protester to be removed.

After the match finally got underway at 7.35pm, Scotland signaled their intention early on when Kirsty Hanson’s cross from the left hit the crossbar.

The hosts took the lead in the 17th minute when Claire Emslie burst in at the far post to latch onto a Martha Thomas cross from the left and volley from five yards.

Hanson then scored the second from close range on the half-hour after Thomas’ initial attempt hit a post.

Hanson went close when she crashed a shot against a post from 10 yards before Emslie scored her second of the night into an empty net after being placed inside the six-yard box by a Hanson square ball.

Thomas scored the Scots’ fourth goal with a 63rd-minute penalty after Chelsea Cornet was brought down before Israel counterattacked with a late shot from Talia Sommer.

The two sides will meet again on Tuesday behind closed doors in Budapest.

Barton’s penalty saves Wales’ draw against Ukraine

Wales lost their 100 per cent record in qualifying for Euro 2025 when Kayleigh Barton’s second-half penalty avoided defeat to Ukraine in Llanelli.

Barton’s penalty shot secured a hard-fought 1-1 draw after Veronika Andrukhiv had put Ukraine ahead inside three minutes.

The visitors took advantage of the initial attack, and Wales were the architects of their own downfall by conceding for the first time in five games.

Rhiannon Roberts, receiving a return pass from goalkeeper Olivia Clark, passed it directly to Andrukhiv, who found an unprotected net with aplomb from 20 yards.

Wales found an equalizer in the second half when captain Angharad James fired a powerful shot that goalkeeper Daria Keliushyk saved with Ceri Holland’s shot parried by diving defender Olha Basanska.

Barton then confidently scored the penalty in the 64th minute for his 19th goal for Wales.

The two teams will meet again on Tuesday, when war-torn Ukraine’s home qualifier will be played in neighboring Poland.

Republic of Ireland devastated by Sweden

The Republic of Ireland remain pointless in Euro 2025 qualifying after a 3-0 home defeat to Sweden.

Chelsea’s Johanna Rytting Kaneryd scored a brace, while Fridolina Rolfo also scored as Eileen Gleeson’s side saw their winless run extend to five games.

Standard Liege forward Amber Barrett had a couple of good early chances after setting up Lily Agg on a close-range shot that missed wide.

Kaneryd made no such mistake in the 26th minute when he fired an angled shot past Courtney Brosnan.

The World Cup bronze medalists continued to enjoy better opportunities and when Everton goalkeeper Brosnan squandered a Rolfo cross, Jessica Ziu blocked Madelen Janogy.

Brosnan redeemed himself with a good save in one-on-one with Rolfo, but the Barcelona striker did not give up and added Sweden’s second shortly after the hour.

Louise Quinn’s attempt to stop Filippa Angeldal’s low cross only managed to deflect the ball towards Rolfo, who touched it before beating Brosnan.

With five minutes remaining, Kaneryd scored the second, launching the counterattack that deflected Matilda Vinberg’s shot over the crossbar.

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