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England blew Scotland away with a powerful 6-0 victory but on a night of high drama fell short of making the Nations League knockout stages as Team GB’s hopes of reaching next summer’s Olympic Games were ended.

A conflict of interest was widely discussed before the game as a victory for the Lionesses – the nominated nation on behalf of Team GB in qualification for Paris next year – was the only way any Scottish players would be able to feature at the Games.

Pedro Martinez Losa’s side, already relegated from League A1 ahead of their final game, were simply outclassed by a visiting side but the Netherlands’ 4-0 win over Belgium saw them top the group.

Defender Alex Greenwood headed the opener after 12 minutes, two goals in a minute by Lauren James and another by Beth Mead just before the break had the game done by the interval.

Striker Fran Kirby added a fifth with Lucy Bronze heading in what looked a crucial final goal in the third minute of added time – but Damaris Egurrola’s late brace for the Netherlands meant they pipped Sarina Wiegman’s side on goal difference.

England thrash Scotland but Team GB denied Olympics place after dramatic twist

The Lionesses did not dare celebrate. Then, finally, there was nothing to celebrate. England had scored six goals against Scotland but it is the Netherlands who go through to the Nations League finals after an absurd and dramatic end to a surreal night at Hampden.

The Lionesses thought they had secured the result they needed, winning 6-0 in Glasgow to top the Nations League standings and keep Team GB’s hopes of qualifying for next summer’s Olympics alive. That was the case until Damaris Egurrola struck twice in stoppage time to turn Group A1 on its head.

From going out, to going through, to going out again within a matter of moments, Egurrola’s double gave the Netherlands a 4-0 win over Belgium and saw the Dutch progress to the semi-finals on goal difference at the expense of England and Team GB.

Scotland 0-6 England: The Lionesses thought they had done enough to secure progress to the Nations League finals but a dramatic Netherlands double denied them

That’s all for tonight!

Well, what a remarkable night and an ending that will take everyone involved a few days to wrap their heads around. England’s 2023 comes to a close with a thumping 6-0 win and yet a heartbreaking exit all at the same time.

Thanks for joining us for it – we hope you enjoyed it! Until next time…

FULL-TIME: Scotland 0-6 England

England coach Sarina Wiegman speaking in her post-match press conference: “We were waiting, those were long minutes. We really thought we got it but then it was obvious that we didn’t get it. I actually didn’t know what to say.

“I’m very, very disappointed. That’s the biggest emotion right now.”

FULL-TIME: Scotland 0-6 England

Former England striker Ellen White speaking on BBC One: “To play two games and win both and almost feel like they have suffered two defeats is incredible.

“To mount a comeback from 2-0 down to win and feel like it was a defeat versus Netherlands. Tonight they scored six goals, won this game, have beaten Scotland quite comfortably really, and they look so dejected. Ultimately it was just not enough.

“Sarina Wiegman is a winner. She wanted to go to another major tournament. She wanted to take Team GB to the Olympics, so it is a tough one for her. Ultimately she will be proud of how the team performed in the last two games but maybe less pleased with the position that they found themselves in when needing to qualify for the next phase. It’s 50/50.”

FULL-TIME: Scotland 0-6 England

More from Pedro Martinez Losa: “I think we have been improving game by game. We are building our own style. Today was not a question of the game plan – the game plan was okay – it was about the execution and it was a question of how the opponent overcame the difficulties of the game and the desire they put into the result.

“One hundred per cent, we are a group united between the players and the staff. This is a setback of course, but football always brings you to these moments and we must rebuild for the next stage and the Euros.”

FULL-TIME: Scotland 0-6 England

Scotland head coach Pedro Martinez Losa speaking to BBC Scotland after the game: “Very disappointed and very frustrated. I want to apologise to the fans. This is not the level we expected. Especially in the first half we totally lost concentration.

“I also give credit to England, I thought they were excellent. We had chances to get back in the game but it was very difficult. It was a tough night for our players. I want to take full responsibility because I know how hard the players work for us but today it was not enough.”

FULL-TIME: Scotland 0-6 England

England’s Fran Kirby speaking to Sky Sports after the game: “We were excited to get a goal right at the end because we knew that Netherlands had scored and then it was a waiting game. We knew their game was a little bit behind us and they had a bit more extra time and obviously it wasn’t meant to be.

On their performance: “I’m just super proud of the girls and how we came out from the first whistle. We knew what we needed to do as a team and what the job was and I’m gutted for everyone and the girls who haven’t got the chance to go to an Olympics. I went to one and it was an amazing experience so, yeah, I’m super proud and it just shows what we can do as a team and the character that we have.”

Arsenal defender and former Scotland international Jen Beattie speaking on BBC One: “The Olympics is another huge tournament that every top player wants to be part of. It is a huge deal in the women’s game, it is not comparable to the men’s.

“These England players would have wanted to be there to represent Team GB, and you can see the huge disappointment on the faces of the team after hearing that final result.”

More from Mead on Team GB not qualifying for the Olympics: “Give us the night at least [to process it] but it’s a tough one. I thin the girls have worked really hard; I thought we were incredible this camp and we’ve done ourselves proud in both these games.

“Unfortunately, it was out of our hands and we let ourselves down earlier in the competition but we’ll keep working hard. We’ll keep coming back stronger and I’m excited to see what this team is about.”

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