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France edge Spain, advance to quarters

Reuters, LINKOPING, Sweden

Spain’s Veronica Boquete, right, controls the ball as Laure Boulleau of France looks on in their Women’s Euro 2013 Group C match in Norrkoping, Sweden, on Monday.

Photo: AFP

An early goal from Wendie Renard helped France book their place in the last eight of UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 in Sweden as they secured a 1-0 win over Spain that guaranteed them top spot in Group C on Monday.

Toni Duggan scored a last-gasp equalizer for England, who maintained their hopes of reaching the quarters with a 1-1 draw against Russia.

France top the standings with six points from their two matches and cannot be overtaken, having beaten second-placed Spain, who have three points with one game remaining. England and Russia have a point apiece, with England occupying third spot on goal-difference.

France’s winner came after five minutes when Renard got in front of Spain’s Irene Paredes and headed home.

England, who lost their opening game to Spain, dominated the opening exchanges, but fell behind when Russia’s Nelli Korovkina struck in the 38th minute.

England piled on the pressure, but were wasteful in front of goal and looked to be heading for an early exit until Duggan swept a low shot into the net in stoppage-time.

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