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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 October 2007, 15:40 GMT 16:40 UK
England 4-0 Belarus
By Tony Leighton

Alex Scott
Scott scored twice and also set up Kelly Smith's goal

Arsenal defender Alex Scott scored twice as England cruised past Belarus in their European Championships qualifier at Walsall's Banks's Stadium.

Hope Powell's side dominated from the start and Scott headed them ahead from a cross by Everton's Fara Williams.

Keeper Rachel Brown did not have to make a save and several chances were wasted at the other end before Kelly Smith's powerful header made it 2-0.

Eni Aluko fired in a third after half-time and Scott's strike sealed it.

England, who opened their campaign with a 4-0 win over Northern Ireland, are ranked 30 places above Belarus in the world rankings.

England were rarely at their best but Powell said: "We did okay and the most important thing was getting three points.

"We were bright and lively, and although the final execution wasn't what it might have been at times, we kept creating chances and I'm encouraged by that."

After two 4-0 victories England's next opponents Spain, who they meet at Shrewsbury on 25 November, should provide a far sterner test.

Powell added: "It will be a difficult game against Spain. We beat them 4-1 last time we played them, but it will be harder this time and we'll have to avoid any complacency."


England: Brown, A. Scott, Phillip, Asante, Stoney, Chapman (J. Scott, 62), Williams, K. Smith (Sanderson 55), Carney (S. Smith 45), Aluko, Yankey.
Subs: Chamberlain, Unitt, Johnson, Handley.

Belarus: S. Novikava; Davydovic, Krylova, V. Novikava, Shpak, Astasheva; Radzko (Ziuzkova 75); Ryzhova, Kuzniatsova (Kozeeva 59), Ryzhevich; Chukisova (Lis 53).
Subs not used: Manzhuk, Batsianouskaya, Buzinova, Kiose.

Attendance: 8,362.

Referee: Ms K. V. Solana (France).

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