Play-off for final tournament, Second leg - 16/09/2010 - 19:00CET (19:00 local time) - Niedermatten - Wohlen
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Switzerland - England 2-3 - 16/09/2010 - Match page - Women's World Cup 2011

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England overcome Switzerland in play-off

Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 22.00CET
Switzerland 2-3 England (agg: 2-5)
Hope Powell's visitors comfortably advanced to next year's finals in Germany despite having goalkeeper Rachel Brown sent off in the first half.
England overcome  Switzerland in play-off
Eniola Aluko was on target for England ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SwitzerlandEngland

Goals scored2
 
3
Goal attempts6
 
9
Attempts off target1
 
2
Corners4
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
1

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Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 22.00CET

England overcome Switzerland in play-off

Switzerland 2-3 England (agg: 2-5)
Hope Powell's visitors comfortably advanced to next year's finals in Germany despite having goalkeeper Rachel Brown sent off in the first half.

England qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup by completing a 5-2 aggregate victory against Switzerland in the play-offs, despite losing goalkeeper Rachel Brown to a first-half red card.

Leading 2-0 after Sunday's first leg, England doubled their advantage through Kelly Smith – who had earlier missed a penalty after being felled by Rahel Graf – and Eniola Aluko. Ramona Bachmann reduced Switzerland arrears on 41 minutes, moments before Brown was shown a straight red card following an altercation with the goalscorer. Nevertheless, Fara Williams added a third from the spot five minutes after the break, with Selina Zumbühl's free-kick mere consolation.

"We're naturally disappointed," said Switzerland coach Béatrice von Siebenthal. "We conceded two goals in as many minutes so it was always going to be hard to recover." England manager Hope Powell added: "I feel really relieved. It wasn't easy in the second half after the red card, but my team played with real discipline and soon scored a third goal early. I'm sure Switzerland can join us at the world Cup."

Smith had also hit the crossbar with a long-range chip before she converted Alex Scott's cross from the right on 32 minutes, while Aluko added a second on the night 120 seconds later following a one-two with Smith. Bachmann pulled one back when she ran across the box and fired in a shot which crossed the line despite Scott's best efforts.

Williams – a scorer in the first leg – eased any nerves in the wake of Brown's dismissal when she converted England's second spot kick after Smith was once again fouled, this time by Caroline Abbé. Switzerland did at least score the goal of the night through Zumbühl, whose long-range free-kick curled over substitute goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain.

England go into the final tournament draw on 29 November and will compete in Germany from 26 June to 17 July 2011. Switzerland's hopes of qualifying are not over, however, as one place remains in the UEFA-CONCACAF play-offs. In order to earn a two-legged tie against the third-ranked country from North and Central America, they must come through two more play-offs, the first of which will be against Denmark on 2/3 and 6/7 October.

Last updated: 17/09/10 11.18CET

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Lineup

Switzerland

Switzerland

England

England

1Marisa Brunner (GK)1Rachel Brown (GK)
Red Card41
4Rahel Graf2Alex Scott
5Marina Keller
Yellow Card82
3Rachel Unitt
8Sandy Maendly
Substitution58
4Katie Chapman
10Ramona Bachmann
Goal41
5Faye White (C)
Yellow Card77
11Lara Dickenmann (C)6Casey Stoney
13Ana Maria Crnogorčević7Eniola Aluko
Goal34
Substitution42
14Noémie Beney
Substitution71
8Fara Williams
Goal50
15Caroline Abbé9Kelly Smith
Penalty9
Goal32
Substitution88
16Nicole Remund
Substitution58
10Jill Scott
18Selina Zumbühl
Goal65
11Rachel Yankey
Substitution78

Substitutes

12Jennifer Oehrli (GK)13Siobhan Chamberlain (GK)
Substitution42
2Danique Stein12Sophie Bradley
3Sandra Betschart14Ellen White
Substitution88
6Selina Kuster
Substitution58
15Dunia Susi
7Martina Moser
Substitution71
16Laura Bassett
9Isabelle Meyer
Substitution58
17Jessica Clarke
Substitution78
17Lara Keller18Stephanie Houghton

Coach

Béatrice Von Siebenthal (SUI) Hope Powell (ENG)

Referee

Cristina Dorcioman (ROU)

Assistant referees

Petruta Iugulescu (ROU), Cristian Orbulet (ROU)

Fourth official

Belinda Brem (SUI)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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