England's joy of six
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The first-ever meeting between the women's sides of England and Argentina proved a one-sided affair as Hope Powell's charges beat their South American rivals 6-1 in Chengdu to secure their progress to the last eight of the FIFA Women's World Cup as Group A runners-up.

The Europeans asserted their dominance straight away with a series of clear chances. Inside ten minutes they had carved open a lead when a cross from Casey Stoney was headed into her own net by Argentina defender Eva Gonzalez. Things got worse for the Argentinians just a minute later when Jill Scott's hopeful 40-yarder trickled underneath goalkeeper Romina Ferro and into the back of the net.

Argentina's hopes dipped further when Catalina Perez was sent off for a professional foul four minutes into the second period and Fara Williams made no mistake with the resulting spot-kick. Although captain Gonzalez made amends for her earlier own goal with a stunning free-kick, it served merely as the cue for three more England goals, Kelly Smith adding two before substitute Vicky Exley rounded off the scoring with a late penalty.

While England's victory sets up a quarter-final meeting with the winners of Group B on 22 September in Tianjin, Argentina head for home with zero points from their three matches, with only one goal scored and a record 18 conceded.

Player of the Match: Kelly Smith (ENG)