Argentina 1-6 England
Chengdu Sports Center
Monday, September 17
Kelly Smith scored twice as England coasted into the Quarter Finals of the Women's World Cup with a convincing 6-1 victory over Argentina in China.
The Arsenal Ladies star took her tally for the tournament to four with two goals in the space of 13 second-half minutes after Argentina had threatened a comeback.
Smith was one of six Arsenal Ladies to start England's final group game. Faye White, Mary Phillip, Rachel Yankey and Anita Asante played the full 90 minutes. Alex Scott was replaced after 68 minutes and Smith was substituted with 10 minutes to go.
England were gifted the perfect start when Eva Gonzalez headed Casey Stoney's cross past Romina Ferro after nine minutes. A minute later the Argentina keeper failed to keep out Jill Scott's long-range effort.
Hope Powell's side already had the two-goal advantage they needed to guarantee a last-eight spot and they looked home and dry when Fara Williams converted a penalty five minutes into the second half after Catalina Perez was sent off for a foul.
Gonzalez made amends for her own goal with a well-executed free kick to reduce the deficit on the hour mark. But Smith tapped in Yankey's cross after 64 minutes and rammed in England's fifth 13 minutes later after Yankey's shot had been spilled.
Gonzalez's mixed day took another downturn when she conceded a penalty for a high boot on Vicky Exley. Exley scored from the spot to confirm England's passage into the Quarter Finals where they will face the United States or North Korea.