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England 2 (Williams 43, Smith 45) Switzerland 0
att: 4,119; at the Greenhous Meadow
It's advantage England after the first leg of their FIFA Women's World Cup play-off but the job is not yet done if they are to secure their place in Germany next year.
Two goals shortly before half time separated the teams on the day but Switzerland offered plenty to show that they will pose a threat in the return leg on Thursday, particularly brilliant striker Ramona Bachmann who posed a number of problems for the England defence throughout the game.
The game will also be remembered for Kelly Smith breaking the England goalscoring record with her 41st goal for her country, a clinical strike to double her side's lead on the stroke of half time.
With Karen Carney missing through injury, Eniola Aluko returned to the side and started on the right wing with Kelly Smith playing a lone role up front.
Although England enjoyed the better of the early possession, the first scare came at their end on nine minutes as Lara Dickenmann found Bachmann who ran at the England defence before planting her shot over the bar from the edge of the area.
England responded well and could have twice have gone ahead within moments of each other. Rachel Unitt exchanged passes with Jill Scott and the ball ran loose for Rachel Yankey who crashed a piledriver against the bar with Marisa Brunner just a spectator; Alex Scott returned the ball into the area for Aluko whose looping shot struck the top of the bar.
The Swiss tackling was becoming fiercer and fiercer and a bodycheck on Kelly Smith led to a free kick on the edge of the area, where Fara Williams' shot was fisted away by a diving Brunner.
A clever ball from Aluko led to another opening but Alex Scott, at full stretch, sliced her shot wide with Brunner advancing. Smith then found space on the left where her cross was nodded down by Jill Scott for Katie Chapman who volleyed narrowly over.
A Unitt pass was intercepted by Martina Moser and this led to danger for England, the skilful Bachmann dribbled her way into the area and, although Sandy Maendly was unmarked alongside her, she elected to shoot and her effort was blocked by Faye White.
However two minutes later England broke the deadlock as their persistence paid off. Firstly, Jill Scott broke into the area where her shot was blocked by Brunner, who got up to parry the next effort from Smith but Williams was on hand to plant home the loose ball with a left foot shot from 15 yards.
With Switzerland reeling, England struck again very quickly. Smith found the breaking Williams who steered the ball back under pressure for Smith to emphatically bury her shot into the corner of the net for the second goal, the record breaking strike for the England star.
Clearly buoyed by their finish to the half, England made a fast start to the second half with Smith breaking strongly down the left, Jill Scott picking up the loose ball before drilling her shot just over the bar.
Rahel Graf headed wide from a corner at the other end but England were unable to keep their momentum going with the Swiss being a little more adventurous. One good run from Yankey down the left ended with a threatening cross which Selina Zumbuhl did well to clear under pressure from Chapman, while a dangerous low centre from Aluko somehow evaded everybody in front of goal.
It needed an alert save from Rachel Brown to preserve her side's lead, a 20-yard effort from Maendly was dipping sharply under the bar before the England keeper palmed it over. Alex Scott made an excellent intervention to deny Ana Maria Crnogorcevic as she burst into the area as Switzerland tried to grab themselves a precious away goal.
Smith produced another piece of magic with a brilliant turn on the edge of the area to get past Caroline Abbe but her shot flew past the post. Brunner then pulled off a good stop from a Williams strike which bounced awkwardly in front of her.
A late attack from Switzerland looked certain to end in a goal as Crnogorcevic got away from Stoney and was through on goal but White was able to get across and block her shot, preserving England's two goal lead to take into Thursday's second leg at Wohlen.
England: Rachel Brown, Alex Scott, Rachel Unitt, Katie Chapman, Faye White, Casey Stoney, Eniola Aluko, Fara Williams, Kelly Smith, Jill Scott, Rachel Yankey (sub Jess Clarke 89mins). Subs not used: Sophie Bradley, Siobhan Chamberlain, Ellen White, Dunia Susi, Laura Bassett, Steph Houghton.
Switzerland: Marisa Brunner, Rahel Graf, Selina Zumbuhl, Caroline Abbe, Marina Keller, Noemie Beney (sub Selina Kuster 79mins), Martina Moser (sub Isabelle Meyer 62mins), Sandy Maendly, Nicole Remund, Ramona Bachmann (sub Ana Maria Crnogorcevic 75mins), Lara Dickenmann, Subs not used: Jennifer Oehrli, Danique Stein, Sandra Betschart, Lara Keller.
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