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Super sub Toni saves England
 Women's Football News 15 Jul 2013
 
Super sub Toni saves England - 15 Jul 2013 - Women's Football NewsEngland 1 (Duggan 90) Russia 1 (Korovkina 38)
England are still in the Euro 2013 Finals but only by the skin of their teeth after substitute Toni Duggan scored an injury time equaliser. 
 
However it was another poor, laboured display and only the arrival of substitutes Duggan and Kelly Smith gave them a lifeline and now, only a victory against France in the last group game can keep them in the competition.
 
Hope Powell opted to keep faith with the team which had performed poorly against Spain in the previous game but there was a change of captain, Alex Scott wearing the armband on the occasion of her 100th cap.
 
England produced the first attempt on goal, Ellen White hooking a shot over the bar from Rachel Yankey's chipped pass, but there was a scare at the other end when England failed to clear a corner and the ball was returned into the middle by Elena Morozova for Olga Petrova whose header lacked power and Karen Bardsley saved.
 
Jill Scott was unlucky with a powerful strike which was touched onto the post by Elvira Todua whilst at the other end, Morozova broke down the right and laid the ball back for Nelli Korovkina who was inches off target with a rasping 25-yard strike.
 
Williams shot wide from the edge of the area but at this point England were forced into an early change as Yankey limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury and Karen Carney came on to replace her.
 
England continued to be on the front foot and Steph Houghton was inches away from reaching a teasing Carney corner and also tried her luck from an angle but Todua saved comfortably.
 
Alex Scott shot narrowly wide following a good ball from Eniola Aluko who was also denied by a smothering save by Todua from a corner but just as they were looking comfortable, England were hit by a classic sucker punch.
 
Not for the first time, England were caught sleeping as a throw in was placed behind the defence and an alert Morozova nipped in and crossed. England were all over the place at the back and although Elena Terekhova miscued her shot, Korovkina reacted well to nod the ball home from six yards under pressure from Anita Asante.
 
England were finding it hard to pick up the pace from the start of the second half but did produce the first shot on goal, Houghton having a shot saved following good work by Carney.
 
A great chance came on the hour mark though as Carney, who had been her team's brightest spark, clipped a delightful cross to the far post where White ran in unmarked but sliced her shot wide with only Todua to beat.
 
Russia had been content to sit back on their lead but they came very close to increasing it when Anastasia Kostyukova won a header and flicked on towards Terekhova who made a strong run into the area but her well struck shot hit the side netting.
 
Then England had a huge escape as Ekaterina Sochneva chased a long ball and appeared to be brought down from behind by Alex Scott, but remarkably the referee waved play on when a penalty looked to be a clear decision.
 
England continued to toil but despite a lot of possession, seemed to lack drive and urgency and, as in the Spain game, kept on giving the ball away cheaply. With the team starting to teeter on the brink of elimination, Kelly Smith was brought on as a late gamble.
 
As the game went into injury time, they came agonisingly close to an equaliser. Williams' ball into the area was headed on by White for Duggan who lobbed the ball over the keeper but was unlucky to see her shot come back off the bar.
 
However moments later they finally got the goal they craved. Smith's ball into the area appeared to come off the arm of a defender but Duggan was on hand to turn her shot inside the far post to save her side's blushes. 
 
England: Karen Bardsley, Alex Scott, Steph Houghton (sub Toni Duggan 63mins), Jill Scott, Laura Bassett, Casey Stoney, Eniola Aluko (sub Kelly Smith 78mins), Anita Asante, Ellen White, Fara Williams, Rachel Yankey (sub Karen Carney 17mins).

Russia: Elvira Todua, Alla Sidorovskaya, Anastasia Kostyukova, Elena Medved, Olga Petrova, Ksenia Tsybutovich, Nelli Korovkina (sub Natalia Shlyapina 89mins), Valentina Savchenkova (sub Maria Dyachkova 84mins), Elena Morozova, Elena Terekhova (sub Olesya Kurochkina 90mins), Ekaterina Sochneva.

 
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