Ireland won their first Women’s World Cup the following year, winning both European qualifiers with Switzerland, leaving Portugal to enter the continental round.
Amber Barrett’s 72nd-minute goal gave the Irish women their first major tournament in a 1–0 win over Scotland.
Barrett dominated the Scottish defense and scored with a fine shot to ensure the Irish advanced to the final, hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
Switzerland took a 2-1 lead against Wales and had to wait for extra time at the end of extra time.
A shot from a tight angle was decisive after substitute Fabien Humm ran in to meet a low cross from the left.
Portugal won the tie-break in extra time 4-1 against Iceland, reduced to 10 men, as the match was goalless at the start of the second half. Aslag Munda sent off Gunlagsdóttir for a foul after conceding Carol Costa’s penalty in the 55th minute.
However, Portugal had to wait for the result of their final match in Scotland to see if they had secured their Women’s World Cup debut.
Only two outright World Cup tickets were offered on Tuesday, awarded to the teams with the best overall record in the standings. They were Switzerland and Ireland.
Portugal will travel to the 10-team intercontinental knockout round in New Zealand in February, where the final three entries will be decided.
FIFA will draw the tournament finals on October 22 in Auckland, with only 29 of the 32 teams.
Australia and New Zealand will host the first 32-team Women’s World Cup from July 20 to August 2. 20 where America will defend its crown.
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