Spain

2-2

England

Boquette 9, Bermudez 42

 

Carney 55, K Smith 77




By Stuart Mawhinney


UEFA 2009 European Women's Championship Qualifier
7.30pm, Thursday 2 October 2008
Ruta de la Plata, Zamora, Spain

Karen Carney says she was delighted to be part of the England team that qualified for a third major tournament in a row, but admits that she won't start thinking about Finland until the squad for the Championship is named.

Carney scored one and set up the other as Hope Powell's side came from two down to clinch their place at the European Championship next August, and Carney was quick to pay tribute to every player on the pitch.

Carney told TheFA.com: "At half-time I was thinking it's going to be tough, but the belief of the players spurred us on. Fara was egging us on and Kelly the skipper was bringing us forward; everyone was fantastic and it took every single player to get the result here.

"My goal was down to Woody [Emily Westwood], she came on a did fantastically well. She's been superb in the two games and she set it up lovely for me. I've just hit it and thank God it went in."

Talking about the second goal, Carney gave the credit to her Arsenal teammate Kelly Smith.

"Kel's a bit of a genius, she tells you where she wants it so it's not too difficult to find her. She finished it superbly, everyone worked so hard tonight and it was a real team effort to get the result."

Having trailed at half-time by two goals it seemed a long way back for England, but the calm reaction at the interval was key to the comeback.

"We were dejected to be honest. We were tired and it wasn't just 1-0, it was 2-0. But we said to relax and be patient, we are good enough but we obviously need to step our game up but the time will come.

"The stat came up about the chances; they had three opportunities and scored two goals. We had chance after and chance and when they didn't go in I thought it might no be our day.

"Thankfully it turned around for us and we just went on to play so well in the second-half."

Despite playing in all eight of the qualifiers, scoring three crucial goals on the way, Carney says that she is taking nothing for granted as she looks ahead to the European Championship next August.

"I've got to be picked first! This is the easy part getting through, the hardest part is being selected for the squad for the finals.

"It's still a long way off and we've got a lot of hard work to do. Spain were very good, but to beat the Germans and other teams who are that much better - we're going to have work even harder."

Teams

Spain

1 Ainhoa Tirapu, 3 Sonia Vesga, 4 Melisa Nicolau, 7 Adriana Martin, 8 Laura Del Rio, 9 Veronica Boquete, 10 Vanesa Gimbert (c), 12 Silvia Meseguer (16 Ma Jose Perez 87), 14 Sonia Bermudez (11 Sandra Vilanova 71), 15 Marta Torrejon, 18 Erika Vazquez (17 Ana Romero 58)

Substitutes
13 Ma Jose Pons, 2 Alexandra Lopez, 5 Ruth Garcia, 6 Ma Paz Vilas

England
1 Rachel Brown, 2 Alex Scott, 3 Casey Stoney, 4 Jill Scott, 5 Lindsay Johnson, 6 Anita Asante, 7 Karen Carney, 8 Fara Williams, 9 Eniola Aluko (16 Emily Westwood 46), 10 Kelly Smith (c), 11 Rachel Yankey (15 Sue Smith 82)

Substitutes
12 Lianne Sanderson, 13 Siobhan Chamberlain, 14 Rachel Unitt, 17 Laura Bassett, 18 Faye White

Referee
Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden)

Assistant Referees
Annica Johansson, Anna Nystrom (Sweden)