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By ESPN Staff
Sep 19, 2012

England qualify for Women's Euro 2013

England qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 finals after claiming a convincing 3-0 victory over Croatia.

Jill Scott gave England a first-half lead at Walsall's Banks's Stadium and second-half goals from Eniola Aluko and captain Casey Stoney sealed the victory.

The triumph lifted Hope Powell's side to the top of Group 6 with 20 points, one more than Netherlands, and secured an automatic berth in next summer's finals in Sweden.

England thrashed bottom side Croatia 6-0 away in March and they were similarly dominant tonight, with Scott putting them ahead in the 21st minute with a close-range finish after Croatia goalkeeper Doris Bacic had spilled a shot from Aluko.

Rachel Yankey, making a national-record 120th appearance for the England Women's team, then set up Aluko to make it 2-0 in the 47th minute with a shot that went in off the post.

England should really have been celebrating a much bigger margin of victory in the end as both Carney and Anita Asante struck the woodwork in the second half while the overworked Bacic denied Alex Scott, Toni Duggan and Carney.

Powell's team had to settle for just the one more goal though, with Stoney firing in from the edge of the area in the 80th minute following Yankey's cut-back.

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