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Smith stunner keeps England alive

Published: Friday 28 August 2009, 22.45CET
England 3-2 Russia
Russia went two up but a pulsating 18-minute first-half comeback capped by a stunning Kelly Smith winner revived England's hopes.
by Trevor Huggins
from Helsinki Football Stadium
Smith stunner keeps England alive
Kelly Smith is mobbed after putting England 3-2 up against Russia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

EnglandRussia

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target27
 
20
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners3
 
5
Fouls committed7
 
7
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group C(Host country: Finland)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Sweden Sweden22005056
Italy Italy210123-13
England England21014403
Russia Russia200226-40
Last updated: 19/04/2013 10:40 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Friday 28 August 2009, 22.45CET

Smith stunner keeps England alive

England 3-2 Russia
Russia went two up but a pulsating 18-minute first-half comeback capped by a stunning Kelly Smith winner revived England's hopes.

A stunning winner by Kelly Smith from the centre circle helped England storm back from two goals down to beat Russia and keep their quarter-final hopes alive at UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™.

Nightmare start
England, who had only ten players for most of their opening 2-1 defeat by Italy, went into the Group C game knowing they would be out of the tournament if they lost, as the now-qualified Sweden had earlier beaten the Azzurre 2-0. But Russia needed less than two minutes to take the lead through Ksenia Tsybutovich and Olesya Kurochkina made it 2-0 midway through the half. Karen Carney came swiftly to England's rescue, drilling home their first goal just two minutes later and then dinking the ball through for Eniola Aluko to equalise ten minutes after that.

Amazing goal
Smith completed the comeback three minute before the break with a breathtaking strike, trapping goalkeeper Elena Kochneva's 35-metre drop-kick in mid-air, allowing the ball one bounce and then sending a dipping half-volley from the centre circle which even the back-pedalling Kochneva could not keep out. As a result, England now only need a draw in their final game against Sweden on Monday in Turku to go through at least as one of the best two third-placed teams. Russia, who opened with a 3-0 loss to Sweden, must beat Italy in Helsinki to have any chance of progressing to the last eight.

Russian frustration
The frustration for Russia coach Igor Shalimov will be that his side had made a great start at Helsinki Football Stadium, Tsybutovich meeting Elena Morozova's corner with an unstoppable header. Tsybutovich then turned provider with her clever long ball upfield soaring over Alex Scott, fellow defender Faye White miskicking her interception and Kurochkina being left to slip the ball past the advancing Rachel Brown against the run of play.

England rally
England rolled with the punches, though, and Carney, who had been their brightest attacking threat, soon hauled her side back into the game. Smith scrambled the ball to her under pressure on the right and the winger had time to line up an angled shot from the edge of the area into the far corner. Carney then followed up by feeding the ball behind the Russian defence for Aluko to beat Kochneva at her near post. Cue Smith for her showcase strike and a goalless second half which clearly suited Hope Powell's side, though they rode their luck at times.

Att: 1,462

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.33CET

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Lineups

England

England

Russia

Russia

1
BrownRachel Brown (GK)
12
KochnevaElena Kochneva (GK)
2
A. ScottAlex Scott
5
SkotnikovaTatiana Skotnikova (C)
4
F. WilliamsFara Williams
7
ShmachkovaOksana Shmachkova
5
JohnsonLindsay Johnson
8
SavchenkovaValentina Savchenkova
7
CarneyKaren Carney
Goal24
9
FominaElena Fomina
Substitution76
8
ChapmanKatie Chapman
10
KurochkinaOlesya Kurochkina
Goal22
9
AlukoEniola Aluko
Goal32
11
PoryadinaOlga Poryadina
Substitution90
10
K. SmithKelly Smith
Goal42
16
PertsevaNatalia Pertseva
11
S. SmithSue Smith
Substitution66
17
DanilovaElena Danilova
Substitution43
14
F. WhiteFaye White (C)
19
TsybutovichKsenia Tsybutovich
Goal2
15
UnittRachel Unitt
21
MorozovaElena Morozova

Substitutes

22
BardsleyKaren Bardsley (GK)
1
ToduaElvira Todua (GK)
13
ChamberlainSiobhan Chamberlain (GK)
22
VazhnovaGalina Vazhnova (GK)
6
AsanteAnita Asante
2
TerekhovaElena Terekhova
12
J. ScottJill Scott
3
KozhnikovaAnna Kozhnikova
16
HandleyJody Handley
4
SochnevaEkaterina Sochneva
17
SandersonLianne Sanderson
6
MyskivNadezhda Myskiv
Substitution90
18
WestwoodEmily Westwood
13
RogovaAlla Rogova
19
BassettLaura Bassett
14
KharchenkoNadezhda Kharchenko
20
BuetDanielle Buet
15
PetrovaOlga Petrova
Substitution43
21
ClarkeJessica Clarke
Substitution66
18
TsydikovaSvetlana Tsydikova
20
BarbashinaNatalia Barbashina
Substitution76

Coach

Hope Powell (ENG) Igor Shalimov (RUS)

Referee

Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

Assistant referees

Ella De Vries (BEL), Maria Luisa Gutierrez (ESP)

Fourth official

Efthalia Mitsi (GRE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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