How Scotland need to LOSE to England to help Team GB get into the Paris Olympics football: Bizarre qualifying quirk means a defeat by the Auld Enemy in their upcoming Nations League clash will bolster chances of reaching 2024 Games

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  • England endured a diffult nighttime against second-placed Belgium on nan road 
  • Scotland presently beryllium bottommost of Group A pinch conscionable a solitary constituent to their name 
  • The Lionesses will besides person to hit Wiegman's aged Dutch broadside astatine Wembley 

By Tamara Prenn For Mailonline

Published: 05:06 EDT, 1 November 2023 | Updated: 06:07 EDT, 1 November 2023

Team GB's strongest way to qualifying for nan Paris Olympics adjacent twelvemonth would impact Scotland deliberately losing to England successful their upcoming Nations League match-up. 

Sarina Wiegman's broadside suffered a sadistic nighttime successful Belgium connected Tuesday evening that saw gain 1 of their biggest defeats nether nan Dutch coach. 

The 3-2 nonaccomplishment in Leuven was further marred by Alex Greenwood's superior caput injury, which saw nan Manchester City subordinate taken disconnected connected a stretcher aft a nasty collision pinch Jassina Blom. 


The consequence sees England slump to 3rd spot successful Group A pursuing a patchy run that has seen them lose 2-1 to nan Netherlands distant aft an opening 2-1 triumph against Scotland. 

But suffering another conclusion astatine nan hands of the Auld Enemy could really boost Scottish stars' chances of appearing successful Paris immensely, acknowledgment to a bizarre quirk successful qualifying. 

After a dismal nighttime successful Belgium, England's hopes of Team GB qualification look successful danger

The Lionesses will look Scotland for nan 2nd clip successful nan Nations League successful December

Team GB - a group made up of players from each 4 of nan location nations - tin suffice for a spot successful nan 2024 Olympics based disconnected nan consequence of its highest-ranked side, England. 

Therefore, to guarantee Scottish players tin compete successful nan French capital, Scotland whitethorn find themselves not altogether disappointed pinch different English victory. 

Scotland presently beryllium bottommost of Group A, pinch conscionable a solitary constituent from their run frankincense far. 

As good arsenic beating Scotland connected December 5 astatine Hampden Park, England will besides person to hit nan Netherlands erstwhile they sojourn Wembley 4 days prior. 

The Lionesses will besides person to dream that Belgium's results spell location measurement excessively - only if Ives Serneels broadside driblet points against Scotland and nan Netherlands will Wiegman's players support gait pinch nan pack. 

Should Team GB make it to Paris for adjacent year's Games, Wiegman is group to coach nan broadside successful a bid to amended connected their grounds successful nan competition, which has only seen them spell arsenic acold arsenic nan quarter-finals successful 2012 and 2020. 

England hit Scotland astatine Sunderland's Stadium of Light acknowledgment to goals from Lucy Bronze (right) and Lauren Hemp

But Wiegman understands that she and her players person a batch to do earlier dreaming of Paris. 

Speaking aft nan last whistle connected Tuesday, nan Euro 2022-winning coach said that her broadside had been 'too sloppy'. 

'We were successful possession truthful overmuch much than they were, and we did create truthful galore chances, but we are struggling to get nan shot successful nan net,' Wiegman added. 

'We person activity to do.' 

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