England Women 2, Spain Women 0: Boss Mark Sampson refuses to douse importance of victory as Lionesses move to brink of European Championship quarter-finals

 
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Jodie Taylor scored England's second goal (Source: Getty)

England Women boss Mark Sampson refused to downplay the significance of his side’s 2-0 victory over Spain in Breda as the Lionesses moved to the brink of qualification to the European Championship knockout phase.

Fran Kirby gave England a dream start before Jodie Taylor, who scored a hat-trick in England’s opening Group D clash against Scotland, settled matters inside the final five minutes.

England rode their luck with Spain having 78 per cent possession and being awarded a penalty with quarter of an hour remaining only for referee Carina Vitulano to seemingly change her mind.

“It’s a huge result,” said Sampson. “We’ll look back and say this was a big moment for us. We had to find a way to win and that’s exactly what we did. We knew we needed a win to top the group, and that’s a big one for us.”

England only require a draw in their final group game against Portugal on Thursday to seal a place in the quarter-finals as group winners and potentially avoid France, who they have not beaten since 1974.

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