Smith hits new England milestone

England 2 Switzerland 0

England moved moved a step closer to next year's Fifa Women's World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Switzerland in the first leg of their play-off at Shrewsbury last night. An important win for the hosts was made even more memorable when striker Kelly Smith struck home her side's second goal just before half-time to become her country's all-time leading goalscorer.

Fara Williams had opened the scoring only minutes earlier, after Smith's shot had been well blocked by goalkeeper Mariss Brunner.

But Smith's milestone moment was not far away as she collected a sliding pass from Williams just inside the area to score her 41st goal in England colours.

England's impressive 2-0 half-time lead was no more than they deserved after they twice hit the crossbar in the space of 15 seconds with first Rachel Yankey and then Eni Aluko denied as the home team pressed forward.

Although England continued to dominate, they were unable to provide the cushion of a third goal. However, they will be firm favourites to progress ahead of the return leg in Wohlen on Thursday night.

England: Scott, Stoney, Unitt, White (c), Chapman, Scott, Williams, Yankey (Clarke 89), Aluko, Smith, Brown.

Switzerland: Brunner, Graf, Keller, Moser (Meyer 62), Maendly, Bachmann (Crnogorcevic 76), Dickenmann (c), Beney (Kuster 80), Abbe, Remund, Zumbuhl.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest in Sport
Sport
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Solved after 200 years: the mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army

Solved after 200 years

The mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army
Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise

Robert Fisk on the Turkey conflict

Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise
Investigation into wreck of unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden

Sunken sub

Investigation underway into wreck of an unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden
Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes

Age of the selfie

Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes
Not so square: How BBC's Bloomsbury saga is sexing up the period drama

Not so square

How Virginia Woolf saga is sexing up the BBC period drama
Rio Olympics 2016: The seven teenagers still carrying a torch for our Games hopes

Still carrying the torch

The seven teenagers given our Olympic hopes
The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis, but history suggests otherwise

The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis...

...but history suggests otherwise
The bald truth: How one author's thinning hair made him a Wayne Rooney sympathiser

The bald truth

How thinning hair made me a Wayne Rooney sympathiser
Froome wins second Tour de France after triumphant ride into Paris with Team Sky

Tour de France 2015

Froome rides into Paris to win historic second Tour
Fifteen years ago, Concorde crashed, and a dream died. Today, the desire to travel faster than the speed of sound is growing once again

A new beginning for supersonic flight?

Concorde's successors are in the works 15 years on from the Paris crash
I would never quit Labour, says Liz Kendall

I would never quit party, says Liz Kendall

Latest on the Labour leadership contest
Froome seals second Tour de France victory

Never mind Pinot, it’s bubbly for Froome

Second Tour de France victory all but sealed
Oh really? How the 'lowest form of wit' makes people brighter and more creative

The uses of sarcasm

'Lowest form of wit' actually makes people brighter and more creative
A magazine editor with no vanity, and lots of flair

No vanity, but lots of flair

A tribute to the magazine editor Ingrid Sischy
Foraging: How the British rediscovered their taste for chasing after wild food

In praise of foraging

How the British rediscovered their taste for wild food