Qualifying round (Group 1 : ENG / CZE / ESP / BLR / NIR) - 28/09/2008 - 14:00CET (14:00 local time) - Bohemians 1905 - Prague
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England strength shows in the end

Published: Sunday 28 September 2008, 2.45CET
Czech Republic 1-5 England
Five second-half goals gave England a comeback win that ensured them control of Group 1 ahead of Thursday's qualifying decider in Spain.
England strength shows in the end
Kelly Smith scored two goals as England moved a step closer to Finland ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 28 September 2008, 2.45CET

England strength shows in the end

Czech Republic 1-5 England
Five second-half goals gave England a comeback win that ensured them control of Group 1 ahead of Thursday's qualifying decider in Spain.

Five second-half goals ensured England gained a UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying Group 1 comeback win in the Czech Republic that leaves them in control of the section ahead of Thursday's decisive trip to Spain.

Westwood equaliser
When Katerina Došková headed the Czech Republic in front on 28 minutes, England were facing the prospect of having to win in Zamora to pip Spain and avoid the play-offs. But after Emily Westwood was brought off the bench, her superb finish just past the hour mark levelled the scores before Kelly Smith's cool chip gave England the lead with eleven minutes left. In the next seven minutes Karen Carney, Jill Scott and Smith added to the advantage, giving England a big enough win to be able to afford any one-goal defeat in Spain. The Czech Republic needed to win by five goals to have a chance of topping the group but definitely go into October's play-offs as one of the four best third-placed teams across the six pools.

Home side ahead
England, who began the game with defender Lindsay Johnson in for injured captain Faye White, went close within two minutes when Karen Carney headed a Kelly Smith cross just wide. Lone striker Lianne Sanderson then pounced on a loose ball but Czech goalkeeper Marcela Zbořilová advanced quickly to block. Czech Republic captain Eva Šmeralova was forced off with a knee injury, Lucie Kladrubská taking her place in midfield, but the home side took the lead when Došková applied her head to a cross after a corner was only half-cleared.

Substitution pays off
Visiting manager Hope Powell made a change at the break with Westwood taking over from Sanderson, leaving Smith leading the line. And the substitution paid off when Smith and Fara Williams combined to supply Westwood outside the box – her strike gave Zbořilová little chance. England continued to press and on 79 minutes a long clearance from goalkeeper Rachel Brown found Smith, who coolly chipped Zbořilová. Two minutes later, Smith crossed for Carney to head England further in front and Williams then set up Scott to make it 4-1. Smith completed the scoring as she rounded Zbořilová.

Powell relieved
Powell said: "We were very poor in the first half and I had words with the players at half-time. We made a few changes in the second half, the girls got back to the game plan and we were much, much better. The girls will be lifted by their second-half performance and we're in the driving seat for Thursday. We know that a draw will be good enough to qualify for the finals, but going out for a draw isn't in my nature nor my players. We'll be going for the win."

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.25CET

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Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

England

England

3
BertholdováPetra Bertholdová
6
AsanteAnita Asante
11
DoškováKateřina Došková
Goal28
1
BrownRachel Brown (GK)
8
HeroldováLucie Heroldová
Yellow Card71
7
CarneyKaren Carney
Goal81
18
MocováIva Mocová
Substitution72
5
JohnsonLindsay Johnson
10
PěničkováBlanka Pěničková
Substitution57
9
SandersonLianne Sanderson
Substitution46
7
PincováVeronika Pincová
2
A. ScottAlex Scott
17
RingelováMarkéta Ringelová
4
J. ScottJill Scott
Goal83
9
ŠčasnáPavlína Ščasná
10
K. SmithKelly Smith (C)
Goal79
Goal86
5
SmeralovaEva Smeralova (C)
Substitution20
3
StoneyCasey Stoney
Substitution83
1
ZbořilováMarcela Zbořilová (GK)
8
F. WilliamsFara Williams
6
PivoňkováAdéla Pivoňková
11
YankeyRachel Yankey
Substitution65

Substitutes

13
DanielováMartina Danielová
17
BassettLaura Bassett
15
KladrubskáLucie Kladrubská
Substitution20
Yellow Card23
13
ChamberlainSiobhan Chamberlain (GK)
16
OdlasováIvana Odlasová (GK)
15
S. SmithSue Smith
Substitution65
2
DivišováPetra Divišová
Substitution57
14
UnittRachel Unitt
Substitution83
14
HoferkováVeronika Hoferková
Substitution72
16
WestwoodEmily Westwood
Substitution46
Goal61
4
MarkováMichaela Marková
12
AlukoEniola Aluko
12
BenýrováPavla Benýrová
18
BuetDanielle Buet

Coach

Dušan Žovinec (CZE) Hope Powell (ENG)

Referee

Christine Baitinger (GER)

Assistant referees

Inka Müller (GER), Marina Wozniak (GER)

Fourth official

Jana Adámková (CZE)

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