Caroline Weir admits missing out on the recent European Championships has made Scotland more determined to secure their place at next year’s World Cup.
Pedro Martinez Llosa’s side can book a place in the Australian and New Zealand finals if they beat the Republic of Ireland in Tuesday’s play-off at Hampden.
For 27-year-old Real Madrid player Weir, the worry of not making it to the European Championships in England earlier this year will be over.
“Getting back to the World Cup is a big personal goal,” he said. “Not being in the Euros has affected a lot of girls, especially me. I found something hard to watch because when you experience these tournaments, it makes you want more.
“We feel that way. It’s massive, not just for us as players, but for Scottish football, Scottish women’s football and the country. Hopefully we can fly that flag and qualify. »
The Scots were buoyed by Thursday’s 1-0 win over Austria in extra time in front of a record crowd for a competitive Scottish women’s game.
“We have a lot of confidence going into Thursday,” Weir said. “Austria is a great team. I think a few years ago we would have struggled to top this type of game, but we really stuck together and tactically we were great. »
“We’re looking for the same against Ireland and hopefully we can come out on top. »
How do the Women’s World Cup playoffs work?
Three play-off finals will be played on Tuesday, with Scotland taking on the Republic of Ireland, Wales taking on Switzerland and Portugal taking on Iceland.
Two of the three winners qualify directly for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand based on points and goals scored in the group stage and playoffs.
The third will go to another qualifier in New Zealand in February. Cameroon, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Haiti, Panama, Paraguay, Papua New Guinea, Senegal and Thailand will also participate in 10 teams.
As things stand, Switzerland lead the table with 19 points, one ahead of Iceland and one ahead of the Republic of Ireland.
Scotland are fourth on 16 points, the same as Portugal, although sharing the same goal difference, Scotland have scored more. Wales are currently sixth with 14 points.
What does Scotland need to qualify?
On Tuesday, three points will be awarded for a win over 120 minutes, and only one point will be awarded if a team wins on penalties.
And thus automatically qualify for the World Cup Scotland You need Wales to beat Switzerland or Portugal to beat Iceland and repeat the margin of victory against the Republic of Ireland.
Martínez Llosa’s side are in action after the other two matches, so he knows what it takes, and a win at Hampden Park on Tuesday would either guarantee, at worst, finish third and leave the team one win away from second place in the world. Cup Final. .
WelshMeanwhile, they need to beat Switzerland by two goals, while Scotland need to beat the Republic of Ireland on penalties and Portugal need to beat Iceland on penalties.
For any success Republic of Ireland, with a win for either Portugal or Wales, they will see progress. Alternatively, three points for the Irish would require Iceland or Switzerland to score one point or less.
Winters: Scotland have the talent to reach the World Cup
Former Scotland striker Suzanne Winters will be watching the match for Sky Sports:
“There is great depth in the squad, more quality than the starting XI and I think that will be important on Tuesday.
“There might be some changes in the game after some of the substitutes really made an impact against Austria.
“I think Abi Harrison deserves a start after his goal in last week’s game. »
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