Arsenal stars look ahead to England’s quarter-final clash with France
Gunners' Jordan Nobbs, Jodie Taylor, Fara Williams and Alex Scott could feature against the pre-tournament favourites on Sunday - but it's heartbreak for club-mate Lisa Evans as Scotland bow out
28 July, 2017 — By Catherine Etoe
UEFA Women’s Euro 2017
PORTUGAL 1-2 ENGLAND
SCOTLAND 1-0 SPAIN
THE adventure continues for England’s Arsenal contingent in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 after Mark Sampson’s side topped the group with a 2-1 win over Portugal.
England made it three wins out of three and Jordan Nobbs, Jodie Taylor, Fara Williams and Alex Scott will hope to feature in a quarter-final clash against pre-tournament favourites France on Sunday.
But there were tears for their club-mate Lisa Evans as Scotland’s maiden appearance at the tournament ended at the group stage despite a surprise 1-0 win over Spain.
Former Arsenal midfielder Caroline Weir gave Scotland hope just before half-time with a well-taken goal against a nation ranked eight places above Anna Signeul’s side.
But Scotland, whose star player, the Arsenal midfielder Kim Little, injured knee ligaments before the tournament, needed not just an England victory in Tilburg but a win by two clear goals in their own match if they were to make it into the last eight.
They rode their luck at times and veteran keeper Gemma Fay pulled off some world-class saves to keep Spain at bay, but Scotland could not score a second and were left to rue last Sunday’s loss to Portugal who were ranked below them.
“We came here with five or six of our best players not here, but it’s a class team and we absolutely fought,” captain Fay told Channel 4 afterwards.
Barcelona striker Toni Duggan and Manchester City’s Nikita Parris were both on target in England’s victory.
Sampson made 10 changes to the side that had beaten Spain last weekend and Gunners Scott and Williams featured for the first time.
Duggan set England on their way after six minutes with a neat chip and, although Portugal equalised 11 minutes later through Carolina Mendes, Parris won it for Sampson’s side two minutes into the restart.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Sari van Veenendaal, Danielle van de Donk, Vivianne Miedema and Dominique Janssen are part of the Netherlands squad to reach the knockout stages where they will meet Sweden on Saturday.