UEFA Women's EURO qualifying is in full swing with Scotland, Iceland, Spain, France, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, England, Austria and Norway all holding perfect records.
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UEFA Women's EURO 2017 qualifying is in full swing with Scotland, Iceland, Spain, France, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, England, Austria and Norway all holding perfect records.
• The qualifying group stage runs until 20 September 2016.
• The group winners and the six best runners-up (not counting results against fifth-placed teams) will join hosts the Netherlands in the final tournament from 16 July–6 August 2017.
• The other two runners-up will play off over two legs from 17–25 October 2016 for the remaining berth in the expanded 16-team finals (after a draw, on 23 September 2016, to determine who is at home in which leg).
• Latest standings
Scotland claimed their fourth victory in four games when they beat FYR Macedonia 10-0 with four Jane Ross goals and a Jo Love hat-trick on 29 November. Iceland, who are also yet to drop a point after three matches, were not in action that month while Belarus got off the mark with a 2-0 success in FYR Macedonia. Action resumes on 8 April when Scotland host Slovenia, four days before Iceland go to Belarus.
Having opened their campaign in October with a crucial 2-1 victory in Finland, Spain continued to impress as they won 3-0 in the Republic of Ireland and then beat Portugal 2-0 in Badajoz, Vicky Losada and Sonia Bermudez the scorers. A further 7-0 win in Montenegro on 24 January took Spain six points clear of Finland, who have a game in hand.
France stretched their perfect start to four games, and their run of qualifying group wins to 37 (one ahead of Germany's from 1999 to 2011) as they triumphed 6-0 in Albania and 3-0 in Greece. Romania had already prevailed 3-1 in Greece to go second but are five points adrift of Les Bleues, who they host on 8 April. Greece beat Albania 3-2 on 26 January to begin the 2016 fixtures, before Ukraine won 4-0 in Albania and 3-1 in Greece in March to join Romania on seven points. Ukraine host Albania on 8 April hoping to close the gap on France.
Denmark bounced back from a 1-0 loss in Sweden in October to win by the same scoreline in Slovakia thanks to Sanne Troelsgaard. Sweden are three points ahead of Denmark, Poland (3-1 victors in Moldova), and Slovakia. On 7 April, Denmark visit Poland, while the next day Slovakia host Sweden.
Germany, who have won their first four matches with 22 unanswered goals, were not in group action in November, instead drawing a friendly 0-0 at home to England, and resume on 8 April in Turkey. With Germany not involved, Russia picked up four points from their two games, while Croatia are second on seven points after beating Turkey in Rijeka.
Switzerland got started in October with an impressive 3-0 success in Italy and 4-0 thrashing of Georgia, keeping that run going as they triumphed 8-1 in Northern Ireland (with seven different scorers) and 5-1 at home to the Czech Republic (five Swiss players on target). Italy, now six points behind, play next on 12 April at home to Northern Ireland, who launch their 2016 campaign against the Czech Republic on 8 April.
Three days on from Thursday's 0-0 friendly draw in Germany, England played their first home match since taking FIFA Women's World Cup bronze against the European champions in July. Subsititute Jill Scott's goal clinched a 1-0 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina, who beat Serbia 1-0 last week. The following day Belgium and Serbia drew 1-1 – a result which leaves the sides level on seven points at the group summit. England and Belgium meet on 8 April.
Having lost their early qualifers in Austria and Norway, Wales opened their account by beating Kazakhstan 4-0 with a Helen Ward hat-trick and then drew 2-2 in Israel. Neither Austria nor Norway have dropped a point, and they face off on 10 April four days after the former welcome Kazakhstan and the 2013 runners-up travel to Israel.
The Netherlands continue to look good under new coach Arjan van der Laan, following up October's 2-1 victory in France with a 3-1 defeat of FIFA Women's World Cup finalists Japan. Manon Melis, newly signed by Seattle Reign, struck twice with Lieke Martens also netting in Volendam.