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Scotland: ‘Salmon-esque’ Thomas helps leap towards Euro finals

Written by on June 5, 2024

Out of the five goals, four came from crosses. Only the opener was not worked well in from out wide.

It’s part of the identity of Martinez Losa’s side, with Kirsty Hanson and Claire Emslie supported by the high-playing full-backs – Nicola Docherty and Evans.

It’s something the latter, who has been deployed in nearly every position for her country bar goalkeeper, relishes.

“I enjoy being able to push forward as a full-back,” Evans, who is without a club after leaving Bristol City, added.

“Pedro has really brought that in this season – making sure that we do attack.

“Our front three are class. They’ve got a lot of pace and if we can get one-vs-one’s and get balls into the box then we’ll cause problems.”

Hanson and Emslie couldn’t replicate their exploits from Friday night, but they should have.

In truth, Scotland could have and should have hit double figures out in Budaors.

Thomas’ tally could have been greater, while the aforementioned wingers were both denied by the post and Israel goalkeeper Fortuna Rubin.

Chelsea Cornet eventually grabbed her first international goal but perhaps should have done so earlier, while the re-invigorated Sam Kerr flittered with netting, too.

Chances missed but momentum gained. While the calibre of opposition in Group B2, which Scotland top with two games left, must be taken into account, Martinez Losa’s side have re-established their ruthless streak and rekindled their relationship with goals.

Thomas has insinuated her intention to send Scotland into next summer’s Euro’s in Switzerland and, while the end goal is still at arm’s length, she’s finding her feet at the right time to lead her country’s charge to the finals.

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