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England 3 (Parris 22, Scott 27,36)>
Russia 1 (Danilova 31)
England 3 (Parris 22, Scott 27,36)
England went back to the top of Group One with a convincing victory at the Sapsan Arena in Moscow.
Having been deposed by Wales 24 hours earlier, Phil Neville's side produced a commanding display and were never in any trouble after taking control of the game with three first half goals.
Neville's selections for the match were not easy ones due to Steph Houghton, Izzy Christiansen, Jordan Nobbs and Demi Stokes all ruled out through injury, as well as Alex Greenwood being suspended. Rachel Daly came into the left back spot and Ellen White got the nod up front but there was some good news as Millie Bright and Jill Scott were able to return to the starting line up. Lucy Bronze wore the captain's armband in the absence of Houghton.
England started on the front foot and looked lively going forward with both full backs attacking at every opportunity.
Their efforts brought reward at the midway point of the first half as Toni Duggan crossed from the right and Nikita Parris stole inside her marker to plant a header past Yulia Grichenko from six yards for the opening goal.
Before the home side could recover, they found themselves two goals behind. This time, Parris instigated the move with an accurate crossfield pass to pick out Bronze, who centred for the oncoming Scott to score with a downward header.
England were well in control but sloppy defensive play soon allowed the Russians back into the game. A harmless looking ball from deep into the area ended with Bronze losing possession and Anna Belomyttseva crossed for an unmarked Elena Danilova to guide a header over Carly Telford.
The two-goal advantage was restored just five minutes later though, this time Keira Walsh clipping a delightful pass into the area for Scott to flick the ball past Grichenko for her second goal.
England were handed a chance to increase their lead in the opening five minutes of the second half after Fran Kirby was floored on the edge of the area by Anna Kozhnikova. The resulting free kick was touched aside for Duggan whose deflected shot was bundled away by Grichenko.
The visitors continued to dictate matters with White and Duggan both shooting wide and Grichenko needing to make saves from Scott and Kirby.
There was a special moment with six minutes remaining as Leah Williamson came on to make her England debut in place of the excellent Walsh, who had controlled the midfield area throughout the match.
The last few minutes brought a couple of scares for England, first as a loose pass from Bright put Ekaterina Sochneva through on goal where she shot straight at Telford, then Sochneva went even closer with a strike which came back off the post, but overall England had been worthy winners to put qualification matters back in their hands.
Russia: Yulia Grichenko, Anastasiya Akimova, Anna Kozhnikova, Irina Podshibyakina, Nadezhda Smimova, Anna Belomyttseva, Elena Danilova (sub Ekaterina Sochneva 81mins), Lipa Yakupova (sub Margarita Chernomyrdina 45mins), Ekaterina Pantyukhina (sub Nelli Korokvina 72mins), Elvira Ziyastinova, Elena Morozova. Subs not used: Elvira Todua, Ekaterina Bratko, Alsu Abdullina, Nadezhda Koltakova.
England: Carly Telford, Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly, Keira Walsh (sub Leah Williamson 84mins), Abbie McManus, Millie Bright, Nikita Parris, Jill Scott, Ellen White (sub Jodie Taylor 67mins), Fran Kirby, Toni Duggan (sub Beth Mead 61mins). Subs not used: Karen Bardsley, Hannah Blundell, Lauren Bruton, Melissa Lawley.
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