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Swiss Women 2-3 England Women


Red card for 'hair pulling' - White

England Women booked their spot at the 2011 World Cup as they beat Switzerland 5-2 on aggregate with a second-leg win.

The visitors led 2-0 from the first leg and Kelly Smith missed a penalty before tapping in to extend England's lead.

Eniola Aluko slid in another England goal and, although Ramona Bachmann scored for Switzerland, her play-acting saw keeper Rachel Brown sent-off.

Fara Williams scored an England penalty and, despite a Selina Zumbuhl netting a free-kick, it sealed England's win.

The one downside from the match was the red card shown to Brown - which was a controversial decision, at best.

It happened when Bachmann went to ground pretending to have been hit by Brown as the Switzerland winger went to get the ball from inside the goal after pulling one back for the home side.

Romanian referee Cristina Dorcioman brandished a red card to Brown's horror as her dismissal slightly tempered England's joy at making next year's finals in Germany.

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The visitors had started strongly and Smith missed a penalty as well as seeing a 25-yard chip come back off the crossbar.

Brown touched a Zumbuhl strike wide before England deservedly took the lead when Smith slotted in from point-blank range after an Alex Scott cross from the right.

Aluko played a one-two with Smith and guided in a shot to give the visitors a 4-0 aggregate lead.

England appeared to be serenely on their way to victory until Brown's red card.

However, any England nerves were eased when Williams sidefooted in a penalty after a generous spot-kick award from the referee, who appeared to be trying to make amends for her error in dismissing Brown.

Zumbuhl's 25-yard free-kick for Switzerland gave substitute keeper Siobhan Chamberlain little chance and a corner for the home side was kept out by the crossbar.

But England avoided any more slip-ups to signal their celebrations at making the finals.

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