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Switzerland 2 (Bachmann 41, Zumbuhl 63)
England 3 (Smith 31, Aluko 33, Williams pen 49)
England won 5-2 on aggregate
England booked their place in next summer's World Cup Finals in Germany as they secured a
3-2 win on the night and 5-2 on aggregate.
The result was never in doubt following a two-goal strike just after the half hour but the night was tainted as England goalkeeper Rachel Brown was outrageously sent off after Swiss striker Ramona Bachmann conned the referee into thinking she had been struck in the face.
Hope Powell elected to field an unchanged side from that which had taken a 2-0 lead from the first leg although Eniola Aluko played a more central role up front.
The first opportunity of the game came England's way in the fourth minute, a free kick from Fara Williams being deflected into the path of Eniola Aluko whose scuffed shot was saved low down by Marisa Brunner.
An even better chance came just three minutes later as Kelly Smith burst into the area where she rounded the oncoming Brunner before being brought down by Marina Keller. A penalty was awarded and Smith stepped up to take the kick herself but dragged her left foot shot wide of the post.
Smith came close to atoning for this error with an audacious but typical 30-yard lob which beat a stranded Brunner but came back off the bar. Williams tried her luck as the ball was returned to her but Brunner was able to save comfortably.
It needed a smart save from Rachel Brown at her near post to deny a snap shot from Selina Zumbuhl and Lara Dickenmann went close from a 25-yard free kick which was driven through the England wall but clipped the side netting.
However the vital goal came just after the half hour and England's taliswoman made yet another crucial strike for her country. Yankey found Alex Scott in space on the right, where the full back drove in a low cross which was missed at the near post by Aluko but Smith was on hand to slot the loose ball home from point blank range.
This left Switzerland needing four goals and England - just like in the first leg - capitalised quickly to double their lead. Aluko exchanged passes with Smith before crowning her 50th cap by sliding a low shot past Brunner for the second goal.
However things turned sour before half time as a sloppy pass from Williams was intercepted by Bachmann who rounded Casey Stoney before tucking her shot inside the far post. A tangle ensued as Bachmann tried to retrieve the ball and, despite her making absolutely no contact with the Swiss striker, a disgraceful piece of play-acting from Bachmann completely conned the referee and Brown was shown a red card. Aluko was sacrificed so that Siobhan Chamberlain could come on to replace Brown in goal.
Despite being a player down, England continued to attack and Williams almost restored the advantage. After her initial free kick was charged down, Williams' shot from the rebound struck the post with Brunner beaten.
Four minutes into the second half, the game was put beyond further doubt with another goal tinged with controversy. Smith broke into the area from a Chapman pass and, although contact from Caroline Abbe appeared minimal, a penalty was awarded. This time Williams took the kick and confidently found the net via a post.
Crnogorcevic missed a good chance when shooting wide after being put through by Sandy Maendly but England should really have extended their lead minutes later when Jill Scott miscued in front of goal after being found by Smith.
Switzerland reduced the arrears just after the hour mark, after Faye White had brought down Bachmann around 25 yards from goal. Zumbuhl duly curled a superb free kick over the wall and beyond the reach of Chamberlain, finding the top corner.
There was a scare as an inswinging corner from Dickenmann bounced off the top of the bar but England kept control of matters and came close to extending their lead as a Jess Clarke free kick picked out Chapman whose header was saved by Brunner.
Chamberlain needed to make a diving save from a deflected effort by Dickenmann as the game went into injury time but in truth England never looked in trouble and celebrations started in earnest once the final whistle was sounded.
Switzerland: Marisa Brunner, Rahel Graf, Selina Zumbuhl, Caroline Abbe, Marina Keller, Noemie Beney (sub Martina Moser 70mins), Nicole Remund (sub Isabelle Meyer 57mins), Sandy Maendly (sub Selina Kuster 57mins), Ana Maria Crnogorcevic, Ramona Bachmann, Lara Dickenmann. Subs: Jennifer Oehrli, Danique Stein, Sandra Betschart, Lara Keller.
England: Rachel Brown, Alex Scott, Rachel Unitt, Katie Chapman, Faye White, Casey Stoney, Eniola Aluko (sub Siobhan Chamberlain 41mins), Fara Williams, Kelly Smith (sub Ellen White 87mins), Jill Scott, Rachel Yankey (sub Jess Clarke 77mins). Subs: Sophie Bradley, Dunia Susi, Laura Bassett, Steph Houghton.
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