Late on Tuesday night, the Finnish women's national football team took a huge step towards the European Championships, when Finland beat Scotland 1–0 in Edinburgh.
In the first international match, Finland's winning goal was scored by substitute Amanda Rantanen.
Rantanen came on the pitch for his first A-match with extra time and escaped as the last game of the match from the Scottish defenders through.
The striker’s finish limped, but the ball bounced from Scottish goalkeeper Lee Alexander’s fight to Rantanen’s face and from there to the goal.
With the victory, Finland secured a place in at least the European Championship qualifiers.
From the European Championship qualifiers to the competition, the group winners and the top three block winners will advance.
The remaining group runners-up will play in the qualifiers.
Finland is at least second in its block.
With the victory of Scotland, Finland leads its block evenly with Portugal.
The teams will face each other once again as the last two rounds of the group stage will be played in early 2021.
Award for defensive battle
Even an unfinished draw would have practically secured a place for further qualifiers, because in addition to Portugal, Finland will also face a block jumbo in Cyprus, for which Finland will hardly lose points.
Finland seemed to be aware of the importance of a draw, and did not go on offensive in the match.
As expected, Scotland was the more dominant party in the match and beat Finland with numerous corner kicks.
However, the block's pre-favorite, who suffered from severe goal-scoring problems, was unable to break Finland's defense.
Scotland, which has scored 16 goals in their first three European Championship qualifiers, has missed the last three games.
Lisa Evans made a superb strike after 70 minutes with a shot straight in front of the goal after a long ball through the middle, but one of the visitors' defenders got a foot in at the last second and warded it off for a corner.
However, his impure shot to the ball left the control effortless and the ball ended up in the arms of Finnish goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela.
The zero game was Korpela's fourth qualifier.