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Last Updated: Monday, 17 September 2007, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
England-Argentina as it happened

By Mandeep Sanghera

England Women 6-1 Argentina Women

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    FULL-TIME: The words "coast" and "stroll" come to mind as England book their place in the quarter-finals with a commanding win. They finish second in Group A with Germany top.

    1440: GOAL - England 6-1 Argentina
    Eva Gonzalez concedes a penalty for a high kick as her boot hits Vicky Exley on her shoulder. Exley steps up to take the spot-kick and adds the icing on the cake for England by slotting home.

    1435: It's time for a luxury England rarely get at big tournaments as Hope Powell brings off two of her main stars in Kelly Smith and Eniola Aluko and sends on Jodie Handley and Vicky Exley.

    1433: GOAL England 5-1 Argentina
    Rachel Yankey cuts in on her favoured left-foot and curls a low shot on goal. Argentina keeper Romina Ferro can only block it and Kelly Smith races on to the rebound and powers it in.

    1426: The ball pinballs around the Argentina box and Rachel Yankey is stretching as she sends her shot wide from point-blank range. Should have been a goal but Yankey has been a constant threat in this game so we'll forgive her.

    1420: GOAL - England 4-1 Argentina
    Rachel Yankey jinks her way to the byline and sets up Kelly Smith to tap in and get rid of any nerves that Argentina's goal may have started to raise.

    1417: England midfielder Fara Williams picks up a second yellow of the tournament and will miss the next match if the side go through.

    1415: GOAL - England 3-1 Argentina
    The curse of the free-kicks strikes again for England. Eva Gonzalez bends it like Beckham as she curls in from 20 yards after a dubious decision from the referee to award the set-piece.

    1405: GOAL - England 3-0 Argentina
    Fara Williams slots in a penalty for England after Catalina Perez brings down the trickery Kelly Smith and the Argentina player is sent off for her offence to boot.

    1403: Rachel Yankey's sweetly struck strike looks set to arrow into the top corner but Argentina keeper Romina Ferro rescues her reputation a little by palming round the post.

    1400: "Hope we don't get a hand of godess situation."
    Emerongas on 606
    Yes, quite. The second half has started and no changes for England.

    HALF-TIME: England enthusiastically jog off and can be satisfied at how they have played and currently look set for the quarter-finals. Hope Powell's side need to win by two clear goals to make sure of their place in the last eight and are making light work of their task. It's Germany 1-0 Japan in the other Group A match.

    1342: Is this really England? Comfortable and in control of their own qualification at a major tournament. Fingernails are ok and there's no hair being pulled out so all is fine...for the moment anyway.

    1335: Eva Gonzalez tries her luck from a free-kick just inside the England half. Sounds ridiculous but keeper Rachel Brown skips across to make sure she is not embarrassed as it flies just over here crossbar.

    1330: "I won't feel comfortable until we're leading by four clear goals!"
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    1324: Clarisa Huber gives England a warning that Argentina do pose somewhat of a threat as she sees a shot easily gathered by the alert England keeper Rachel Brown.

    1317: Eniola Aluko smashes a well-struck volley against the Argentine crossbar. The nerves have been settled and England are playing with freedom and look like they are in firm control of the game. But with England's penchant for the dramatic in sport let's not speak too soon!!

    1310: GOAL - England 2-0 Argentina
    More joy for England. Jill Scott keeps up the policy of shooting on sight and the Argentina keeper makes a hash of it as she lets the ball bounce under her body and into the net.

    1308: GOAL - England 1-0 Argentina
    It's a great start for England as they are gifted the lead by Argentina. A cross comes in from Casey Stoney on the right and Argentina defender Eva Gonzalez produces a finish any striker would have been proud of as she heads into her own goal.

    1305: Just out of interest. The venue for the game is where Chengdu Blades play. They are owned by none other than Championship side Sheffield United.

    1303: England have been urged to get shots on target and Alex Scott and Eniola Aluko have not taken long to test the Argentina keeper but their efforts are comfortably saved.

    1300: The national anthems have sounded and the players have shaken hands. The pitch, according to Radio Five Live's Jacqui Oatley is fitting for a World Cup match as opposed to the one England played on in the 0-0 draw with Germany in their last game. And now, after swapping ends, Argentina kick-off.

    1250: Team news
    The pace of striker Eniola Aluko gets her the nod to lead the attack and she will be depending on the guile of England's playmaker Kelly Smith to get the goals to overcome Argentina.

    1245: THE QUALIFYING SCENARIO Hope Powell's England Women's team are 15 minutes away from kick-off against Argentina in their final Group A match.

    England have drawn their first two games - against Japan and Germany - and sit third in their group, with two points.

    However, Powell's team are confident of qualifying for the quarter-finals with a strong win against a side who were thrashed 11-0 by Germany in their opening game of the tournament.

    That said, the qualifying scenario facing England is potentially very complicated - so here goes:

    England will reach the quarter-finals for definite if they beat Argentina by two clear goals.

    However, any win will be enough for England unless Japan draw with Germany in the other Group A encounter.

    If England win by one goal and Germany are held then Powell's team will be level on points with Japan.

    England and Japan, who drew 2-2, would also have the same goal difference, with goals scored, then disciplinary record, the deciding factor.

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