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Last Updated: Monday, 17 September 2007, 13:53 GMT 14:53 UK
England Women 6-1 Argentina Women
England celebrate Jill Scott's goal
Jill Scott (r) scored England's second goal
England reached the Women's World Cup quarter-finals after comfortably beating Argentina in Chengdu.

England led 2-0 after 10 minutes thanks to Eva Gonzalez's headed own goal and Jill Scott's speculative shot.

Catalina Perez was sent off early in the second half, giving away a penalty that was converted by Fara Williams.

Argentina pulled a goal back through Gonzalez's free-kick, but Kelly Smith struck twice more and Vicky Exley made it 6-1 with a confident penalty.

The win meant England finished second in Group A behind Germany and they will discover their quarter-final opponents on Tuesday when the Group B matches are completed. The United States are favourites to progress along with either Sweden or North Korea.

Hope Powell's England team will meet the winners of Group B on Saturday, though Williams will miss the match after receiving her second yellow card in the tournament.

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Argentina had had a horrendous start to the tournament, losing 11-0 to champions Germany in the competition's opening game.

And the South American side got off to the worst possible start as Gonzalez, in attempting to clear Casey Stoney's cross from the right, embarrassingly headed past Romina Ferro.

A minute later Argentina conceded a second goal when Ferro allowed the ball to slip under her body in trying to deal with Scott's shot.

The England players knew that a two-goal victory would confirm their progress to the last eight, but they did not sit on their lead.

Smith was impressive in the England attack and Eniola Aluko was equally dangerous, almost adding a third when she turned sharply before thumping a shot against the crossbar.

In the second half Rachel Yankey, playing on the left, caused Argentina all sorts of problems and was unfortunate not to score.

Roger Mosey, BBC Director of Sport
That she was unable to had much to do with Ferro's improved performance, with the Argentina goalkeeper producing a couple of good saves to frustrate Yankey.

England's qualification task was made easier when Perez was sent off early in the second half.

Perez had been yellow carded in the closing stages of the first half and was given a red after tugging Smith's shirt in the penalty area.

Williams sent Ferro the wrong way with her penalty to put England 3-0 up.

Argentina had struggled to test England goalkeeper Rachel Brown, but on the hour Gonzalez pulled a goal back for Argentina when she curled the ball over the England wall and into the roof of the net.

But England quickly regained their three-goal cushion when Smith cleverly turned home Yankey's cross.

On 77 minutes Ferro spilled a Yankey shot and Smith was quick to pounce on the rebound to put England 5-1 up.

England continued to press forward and were rewarded with a sixth goal after Gonzalez was penalised for a dangerous challenge on Exley, who confidently scored the resulting penalty.

  • England coach Hope Powell:

    "It's very easy when you come into a game like this, when you're expected to win, to think further into the tournament.

    "So the clear message to the players was to keep their concentration and stay focused, and credit to them - it was a job well done.

    "It's pleasing that we've created so many chances and to score six goals tonight was excellent."

    England Women: Brown, Alex Scott (Sue Smith 68), Stoney, Phillip, Asante, White, Williams, Kelly Smith (Exley 79), Jill Scott, Yankey, Aluko (Handley 79).
    Subs Not Used: Chamberlain, Carney, Unitt, Sanderson, Johnson, Telford, Chapman.

    Booked: Alex Scott, Williams.

    Goals: Gonzalez 9 og, Jill Scott 10, Williams 50 pen, Kelly Smith 64, 77, Exley 90 pen.

    Argentina Women: Ferro, Gonzalez, Chavez, Huber (Cotelo 51), Perez, Quinones (Mendieta 76), Mandrile, Vallejos, Potassa, Almeida (Gatti 62), Pereyra.
    Subs Not Used: Correa, Brusca, Barbitta, Manciler, Gomez, Minnig, Ojeda.

    Sent Off: Perez (49).

    Booked: Perez, Gonzalez.

    Goals: Gonzalez 60. Ref: Dianne Ferreira-James (Guyana).

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