Play-off for final tournament, First leg - 12/09/2010 - 20:05CET (19:05 local time) - Greenhous Meadow - Shrewsbury

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England hold sway against Switzerland

Published: Sunday 12 September 2010, 23.07CET
England 2-0 Switzerland
Fara Williams and Kelly Smith put Hope Powell's side in charge after the first leg of their FIFA Women's World Cup play-off tie in Shrewsbury.
by Steve Carpenter
from Greenhous Meadow
England hold sway against Switzerland
Fara Williams opened the scoring for England against Switzerland ©Getty Images

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Goals scored2
Goal attempts4
Attempts off target8
Fouls committed13
Yellow cards3
Red cards0



Published: Sunday 12 September 2010, 23.07CET

England hold sway against Switzerland

England 2-0 Switzerland
Fara Williams and Kelly Smith put Hope Powell's side in charge after the first leg of their FIFA Women's World Cup play-off tie in Shrewsbury.

England are well-placed to reach next summer's FIFA Women's World Cup finals in Germany after a 2-0 victory against Switzerland in the first leg of their play-off tie.

Hope Powell's UEFA Women's EURO 2009 runners-up lived up to their billing against a Switzerland team that has never reached a final tournament. England, who made it as far as the quarter-finals four years ago, will take a two-goal advantage into Thursday's second leg in Wohlen thanks to quick-fire goals from Fara Williams and Kelly Smith just before half-time.

They had been coming, with both Rachel Yankey and Eniola Aluko hitting the frame of Marisa Brunner's goal inside the opening 11 minutes at Greenhous Meadow. The deadlock was broken a minute before the interval when Brunner spilled a shot and Williams pounced to finish from just inside the penalty area.

The 2007 quarter-finalists' advantage was then doubled a minute into first-half added time when Smith slotted home from the penalty spot to become England women's all-time leading scorer. Switzerland did their best to establish a foothold but, much to Powell's satisfaction, England held firm.

Powell said: "The clean sheet is most important as is the two goals and the three points. I think we did OK, it was always going to be tense and in the first half we were a little bit safe I would say, but then we scored the two goals and we started to relax. Credit to them they are always going to try and score away from and we had to work hard to get the result, but overall I was really pleased."

After her record-breaking goal, Smith added: "I am delighted, but the most important thing was the win. Scoring two goals and taking that into the second leg is good. We knew they would be tough to break down, we had to patient and we were fortunate to do that."

Last updated: 13/09/10 15.36CET

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1Rachel Brown (GK)1Marisa Brunner (GK)
2Alex Scott4Rahel Graf
Yellow Card89
3Rachel Unitt
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5Marina Keller
Yellow Card19
4Katie Chapman7Martina Moser
5Faye White (C)8Sandy Maendly
6Casey Stoney10Ramona Bachmann
7Eniola Aluko11Lara Dickenmann (C)
8Fara Williams
Yellow Card90+3
14Noémie Beney
9Kelly Smith
15Caroline Abbé
10Jill Scott
Yellow Card53
16Nicole Remund
11Rachel Yankey
18Selina Zumbühl


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12Sophie Bradley2Danique Stein
14Ellen White3Sandra Betschart
15Dunia Susi6Selina Kuster
16Laura Bassett9Isabelle Meyer
17Jessica Clarke
13Ana Maria Crnogorčević
18Stephanie Houghton17Lara Keller


Hope Powell (ENG) Béatrice Von Siebenthal (SUI)


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Michaël Gerard (BEL), Emmanuel Vocale (BEL)

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Natalie Aspinall (ENG)


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