Scotland’s under-17 side have been eliminated from the European Championships following defeat to Sweden.
Brian McLaughlin’s youngsters slipped to a 1-0 loss to the Scandinavian side courtesy of a second half effort from Bayer Leverkusen’s Jardell Kanga.
The team had already suffered back-to-back defeats against Denmark and Portugal at the tournament in Israel.
It was the first time the Scots had appeared at the tournament since 2017, when they also went home at the group stage.
However a heavy 5-1 loss to the Portuguese followed by a 3-1 reverse against Denmark meant they faced an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout rounds.
Scotland started brightly, but were unable to find a way through in an open first half.
Kilmarnock’s Bobby Wales was unfortunate to see his effort after the interval rebound off the post and then the goalkeeper before trickling inches wide.
Kanga, already the top scorer in the tournament and highly touted as a future star, took full advantage, firing beyond Celtic stopper Rory Mahaday from the edge of the area on 66 minutes.
Sweden were also eliminated on goal difference behind group winners Portugal and runners-up Denmark, who face Spain and Serbia respectively in the last eight.
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