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Martinez Losa delighted with 'phenomenal' Scotland performance

The national team boss saw his side beat Ukraine 4-0 in their World Cup qualifier.

Pedro Martinez Losa delighted with ‘phenomenal’ Scotland performance SNS Group
Martinez Losa aims to take Scotland to the World Cup.

Scotland boss Pedro Martinez Losa was more than satisfied with his side’s performance as they beat Ukraine 4-0 in their World Cup qualifier.

The national team travelled to Poland looking for three vital points as they look to cement the runners-up position behind Spain in Group B and they delivered a resounding win.

Caroline Weir put Scotland ahead form the penalty spot before Erin Cuthbert added a second and Manchester United forward Martha Thomas netted a second-half double.

Martinez Losa felt the team had ticked all the boxes and that hard work had paid off in style.

“We transformed the good work in training into a good performance,” he told the Scottish FA. “That’s something the group has been deserving for a while.

“I think we were phenomenal in terms of a professional performance, concentration and the objective that we came here with.

“It’s the key for any team sport, to be solid defensively, to be a rock. That has to be our identity – we can’t play our football until we are a consistent team and then we can start on the other end of the game.

“The environment, the energy of the players, the application has been fantastic. We have a good connection with all the staff and everyone involved in the national team.

“We need to enjoy this and keep building to the next level together.”

Goalscorer Thomas admitted she had been keen to add a third goal but said that the win, and positive goal difference, was all important.

Scotland now sit four points ahead of Hungary with one game to play against Faroe Islands, but the Hungarians still have two qualification matches left.

Group runners-up go into the play-offs, with the three teams with the best qualifying record going straight into the second round. That incentive means a good performance and goals against Faroe Islands in September will be important but Thomas was delighted the team had taken another step forward in the last international of the season.

“The most important thing was to get three points,” she said. “We know how tough this World Cup campaign is so despite everything a win was what we needed, especially after a long, tough season with our clubs and then a week to prepare for this.

““It was tough but we’re chuffed with the three points and that’s all we can ask for.

“Yeah, I’m buzzing. I was hoping to get the third to get the hat-trick but I’m happy with two goals and to help the team.

“All the points count, three points especially. We had two games left and three points from today and then we want three points against Faroe Islands.

“Hopefully the rest falls into our hands and we can get a top three spot amongst the second-placed teams but the most important thing is being in second place to get a chance for the play-offs.”