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England power past Argentina
Gonzalez og 9, J. Scott 10, Williams pen 51, K. Smith 64, 77, Exley pen 90
World Cup Finals 2007
1pm (8pm local time), Monday 17 September 2007
Chengdu Sports Centre, Chengdu
The Three Lions followed on from their impressive display against Germany with a performance of creativity and attacking flair to demolish Jose Borrello's side. Getting off to a flying start England were 2-0 up after just ten minutes, first an own goal from Argentina captain Gonzalez and then a first ever goal for Jill Scott.
They continued their attacking play throughout and second half goals from Fara Williams, two from Kelly Smith and a Vicky Exley strike mean't Hope Powell's side go through and will face Group B winners on Saturday in Tianjin.
Inside the first two minutes England fired off two early warning shots, first Alex Scott went close before Eniola Aluko tested the reflexes of the Argentinian goalkeeper from 20-yards.
With sustained pressure it was an unlikely source that opened the scoring, Argentine captain Eva Gonzalez with an unfortunate header which looped over Romino Ferro and into the top corner.
Just a minute later it was 2-0 as Jill Scott smashed home her first goal for England from outside the penalty box. Kelly Smith had weaved her way through the defence but at the vital moment the ball evaded her and dropped on the edge of the area. Scott was waiting to pounce and and calmly drilled the ball home.
Whether it was intentional or not it was a fantastic moment for the young midfielder, and four minutes later it could have been three as Aluko crashed a superb effort off the bar.
Alex Scott tested Ferro once more half way through the first period, taking a through ball from Kelly Smith she turned the full back and drilled in a low effort that was taken in comfortably.
Kelly Smith went very close as half time approached, Fara Williams struck the wall from a free kick and from the rebound Smith drilled the ball towards the near post but Ferro was equal to it.
Straight from the restart England did go three goals to the good with a confident penalty from Fara Williams. Kelly Smith had earned the spot kick after driving at the heart of the Argentinian defence before being hauled down by Catalina Perez.
Unfortunately for the young defender it was her second yellow card of the game and the referee quickly followed with a red.
There were two unfortunate moments following the third goal as Argentina hit back with a free kick from Eva Gonzalez and then Fara Williams received a yellow card which would mean she misses the quarter final.
No sooner had the deficit been reduced than England were back to three goals ahead as Kell Smith grabbed her third goal of the tournament. Rachel Yankey drove into the area and delivered a perfect cut-back for Smith to side foot home.
In the last minute of the game substitute Vicky Exley put the icing on the cake with another spot kick. Jody Handley was clattered into by Eva Gonzalez and the referee had no option but to award a secon kick which Exley duly despatched.
England: 1 Rachel Brown, 2 Alex Scott (15 Sue Smith 68), 3 Casey Stoney, 5 Faye White (c), 6 Mary Phillip, 8 Fara Williams, 9 Eniola Aluko (17 Jody Handley 79), 10 Kelly Smith (19 Vicky Exley 79), 11 Rachel Yankey, 12 Anita Asante, 16 Jill Scott
Substitutes: 7 Karen Carney, 13 Siobhan Chamberlain, 14 Rachel Unitt, 18 Lianne Sanderson, 20 Lindsay Johnson, 21 Carly Telford
Coach: Hope Powell
Argentina: 1 Romina Ferro, 2 Eva Gonzalez (c), 4 Gabriela Chavez, 8 Clarissa Huber (3 Valeria Cotelo 52), 13 Maria Quinones (10 Emilia Mendieta 76), 14 Catalina Perez, 15 Florencia Mandrile, 17 Fabiana Vallejos, 18 Maria Potassa, 19 Analia Almeida (9 Natalia Gatti 62), 20 Mercedes Pereyra
Substitutes: 5 Carmen Brusca, 6 Sabrina Barbitta, 7 Ludmila Manicler, 11 Rosana Gomez, 12 Vanina Correa, 16 Andrea Ojedam, 21 Elisabeth Minnig
Coach: Jose Carlos Borrello
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photos by Tim Mavers-Chance