Karen Carney scored the only goal as England continued their perfect start to UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying with a 1-0 victory against Spain.
Carney's composed finish after 65 minutes made it three wins from as many matches in Group 1, as England dominated throughout against Ignacio Quereda's team. The hosts started purposefully as Fara Williams and Jill Scott were both denied following a goalmouth scramble, while Kelly Smith's cross after beating four players evaded Eniola Aluko.
The second period followed much the same pattern as the first, with England continuing to threaten the visitors' goal. And the goal duly arrived midway through the half when a move involving Lianne Sanderson, Smith and Alex Scott was finished off by Carney, who guided the ball into the bottom corner. However England endured a late scare when Laura beat two players only for her curling effort to strike the crossbar. But England held on to create a two point lead over the second-placed Czech Republic. Spain are one place and three points further back.
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|1||Rachel Brown (GK)||1||Ainhoa Tirapu (GK)|
|2||Alex Scott||2||Marta Torrejón|
|3||Casey Stoney||15||Noelia Aybar|
|5||Faye White (C)||6||Itziar Gurrutxaga (C)|
|6||Anita Asante||8||Laura del Río|
|10||Kelly Smith||17||Gurutze Fernández|
|11||Rachel Yankey||18||Erika Vázquez|
|13||Siobhan Chamberlain (GK)||13||María Sánchez (GK)|
|12||Mary Phillip||12||María Paz|
|14||Rachel Unitt||16||Maria-José Perez Gonzalez|
|15||Sue Smith||3||Marina Torras Floriach|
|16||Lindsay Johnson||5||Ruth García|
|17||Jody Handley||7||María Paz|
|Hope Powell (ENG)||Ignacio Quereda Laviña (ESP)|
|Claudine Brohet (BEL)|
|Ella De Vries (BEL), Anne Cheron (BEL)|
|Alexandra Ihringova (ENG)|