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England ease home in final game
 Women's Football News 22 Aug 2010
 
Kelly Smith hit two goals as England completed their World Cup qualifying group campaign with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Austria, an unbeaten record and top place in Group Five.
 
Full back Alex Scott and substitute Ellen White were also on target to give Hope Powell's team their seventh group win, the other one of their eight games having been drawn. They now have to go through play-offs, along with the other seven European group winners, to reach next year's Finals in Germany.
 
And they should enter those September play-offs in confident mood after a commanding performance in energy-sapping temperatures close to 30 degrees in Krems, 70 miles north west of Vienna.
 
They controlled proceedings from the first whistle and took just seven minutes to take the lead through Smith. Winger Karen Carney, who had earlier gone close with a 20-yard cross-shot, chipped a pass to the edge of the penalty area for the striker to brilliantly control the ball with her first touch then drive forward to slide a 12-yard shot just inside the post.
 
Carney's clever play continually stretched the Austrian defence and in the 24th minute she set up Alex Scott with a chance that the right back struck wide of the near post.
 
The defender made up for that miss six minutes later, crossing from the right and left winger Rachel Yankey turned the ball back into the middle for Smith to tap home from inside the six yard box.
 
It was the same three-player combination that led to the third goal, Yankey this time providing the cross and Smith setting up Scott to score from ten yards.
 
Smith was substituted at half time and without her England did not have the same incisiveness going forward, but they were never in danger of losing their grip even though goalkeeper Rachel Brown had to make a couple of saves. The 'keeper kept out efforts from midfielder Nadine Prohaska in the 48th minute and substitute Nina Burger five minutes from time.
 
But between those two incidents, midfielder Jill Scott and Carney both went close at the other end before White, in the 80th minute, scrambled home her fourth goal in six England appearances from Alex Scott's low cross. And seconds after Brown had saved from Burger, the visitors went desperately close to a fifth goal when Yankey's shot struck the crossbar.
 
England: Rachel Brown, Alex Scott, Rachel Unitt, Katie Chapman (sub Steph Houghton 60mins), Faye White (sub Sophie Bradley 45mins), Casey Stoney, Karen Carney, Fara Williams, Kelly Smith (sub Ellen White 45mins), Jill Scott, Rachel Yankey. Subs not used: Siobhan Chamberlain, Jess Clarke, Laura Bassett, Dunia Susi.

Austria: Jasmin Pfeiler, Sonja Spieler, Susanna Holler, Carina Wenninger (sub Sarah Puntigam 45mins), Jennifer Poltl, Isabella Grossinger, Laura Feiersinger (sub Virginia Kirchberger 67mins), Kathrin Entner, Nadine Prohaska, Marion Grobner (sub Nina Burger 45mins), Lisa Nakas.
Subs not used: Anna-Carina Kristler, Heike Manhart, Mariella Rappold, Sarah Zadrazil.

 
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