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England 2 (J.Scott 46, Carney pen 69)
att: 5,167;at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford
England signed off for the World Cup Finals with a comfortable victory against another top ten ranked country at the Kassam Stadium.
After an evenly contested first half in which the better of the chances went to Sweden, England stepped up their play after the break and never looked back after taking the lead in the first minute of the second half.
Hope Powell made two changes from the team which beat the United States last month, both enforced, with injured duo Faye White and Fara Williams being replaced by Sophie Bradley and Anita Asante. Casey Stoney took over the captain's armband in White's absence.
Despite both teams having their fair share of possession, chances were scarce at either end in the opening ten minutes until Therese Sjogran rattled the post with a shot from the edge of the area after the ball had rebounded to her from an Annica Svensson cross.
A miscued punch by Karen Bardsley from a corner almost led to trouble but Alex Scott was on hand to head off the line and Lotta Schelin fired the loose ball over. England hit back and Jess Clarke produced their first threatening effort on goal, a 20-yard shot which was saved by Hedvig Lindahl.
Clarke was looking lively on the right and she won a corner, from which Yankey's kick was not dealt with properly by Lindahl but the keeper recovered well to block Rachel Unitt's goalbound shot. Jill Scott then headed a Clarke corner over from six yards as England continued to threaten from set pieces.
Bardsley then pulled off a fine diving save from a long range effort by Sara Thunebro which bounced awkwardly in front of her. Back came England with their best move so far, Kelly Smith breaking down the left and, although her pass was just beyond the reach of Ellen White, Clarke produced a curling shot which went straight at Lindahl.
England themselves continued to look a little vulnerable at corners and an unmarked Linda Forsberg brought out another good stop from Bardsley as she volleyed a sweetly struck shot goalwards.
Hope Powell made four substitutions at half time and England were ahead within two minutes of the restart. A corner on the right taken by Yankey was met with a downward header by Jill Scott to put her side in front.
Eniola Aluko produced a good piece of play near the goal line to trick her way past Svensson but Clarke was unable to divert her cross in at the near post.
Sjogran wasted an opportunity for Sweden when she shot straight at Bardsley when finding space on the edge of the area. However the momentum was now with England who went back on the attack and won a corner, which was cleared as far as Karen Carney whose shot was just off target.
Aluko saw a shot blocked by Lindahl after Carney had threaded a neat through ball into her path and the same two were involved in the incident which led to England doubling their lead. Aluko again showed good pace to beat Lindahl to a Yankey pass before cutting the ball back to Carney who was bundled over by Sjogran. Carney picked up herself to dispatch the resulting penalty past Lindahl to put England two ahead.
The Swedish defence continued to find it hard to cope with the pacey Aluko and the striker shot straight at Lindahl after having left two defenders in her wake as England continued in search of a third goal. Only a last ditch tackle from Charlotte Rohlin prevented Alex Scott from getting in on goal from Carney's pass as they finished the match in control.
Siobhan Chamberlain was introduced as a late substitute in goal but did not have a shot to save and Fern Whelan was handed a late debut to round off a very satisfactory night for Hope Powell, who will name her squad for the World Cup on 10 June.
England: Karen Bardsley (sub Siobhan Chamberlain 77mins), Alex Scott, Rachel Unitt (sub Claire Rafferty 45mins), Anita Asante (sub Steph Houghton 45mins), Sophie Bradley, Casey Stoney (sub Fern Whelan 86mins), Jess Clarke, Jill Scott, Ellen White (sub Eniola Aluko 45mins), Kelly Smith (sub Karen Carney 45mins), Rachel Yankey. Subs not used: Sue Smith, Lindsay Johnson, Natasha Dowie, Dunia Susi, Laura Bassett, Carly Telford, Rachel Williams, Danielle Buet.
Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl, Charlotte Rohlin, Linda Sembrant, Annica Svensson, Caroline Seger, Sara Thunebro, Therese Sjogran (sub Johanna Almgren 81mins), Lotta Schelin, Jessica Landstrom, Linda Forsberg (sub Sofia Jakobsson 62mins), Marie Hammarstrom (sub Elin Ekblom Bak 65mins). Subs not used: Kristin Hammarstrom, Malin Levenstad, Kosovare Asllani, Antonia Goransson, Madelaine Edlund.
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