Portugal’s 3-2 comeback defeat of Finland on Friday not only gave the home side hope of pipping their visitors to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 play-off – it also meant three teams automatically qualified for the finals in the Netherlands.
Thanks to Finland’s loss, Scotland, Belgium and Iceland all knew they would now, at worst, be one of the best six group runners-up who would not need to go through the play-offs. Scotland and Belgium were not even playing on Friday while Iceland were about to kick off against Slovenia. They took to social media to celebrate their feat …
After heartbreaking play-off defeats denied them spots in 2009 and 2013, Scotland are finally making a major tournament debut.
— Nicola Docherty (@NicDoc11) September 16, 2016
— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) September 16, 2016
— Gemma Fay (@JimJam1981) September 16, 2016
The Scottish first minister chipped in to congratulate Anna Signeul’s side …
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) September 16, 2016
— Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) September 18, 2016
Belgium are also off to their maiden major tournament …
— Axel Witsel (@axelwitsel28) September 16, 2016
— Lorca Van De Putte (@Lorca_VDPutte) September 17, 2016
— Janice Cayman (@janicecayman) September 17, 2016
Iceland’s third straight qualification was also confirmed …
Takk fyrir frábæran stuðning! Sjáumst á EM 2017!
Thanks for the terrific support. See you at the EURO 2017! pic.twitter.com/IZqg2FrzdH
— Knattspyrnusambandið (@footballiceland) September 16, 2016
— Johann Sigurdsson (@UEFAcomJohannS) September 17, 2016
Iceland’s president Gudni Thorlacius Jóhannesson was there to celebrate with the team …
— Eva Björk (@EvaBjork7) September 16, 2016
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