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27 July 2017

Portugal 1 England 2: Nikita Parris nips in for winner as Lionesses make history with perfect record in Women’s European Championship group

NIKITA PARRIS sneaked in for a winner as Mark Sampson’s women became the first England team since 1982 to finish with a perfect group record in a major championships.

Toni Duggan’s early opener in a scrappy first half was soon cancelled out by Portugal star.

Nikita Parris cannot restrain her delight as she puts England 2-1 up in their final group game
Nikita Parris cannot restrain her delight as she puts England 2-1 up in their final group game
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Nikita Parris squeezes through to put England back in front against the outsiders
Nikita Parris squeezes through to put England back in front against the outsiders
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But Parris wriggled through after two flick-ons to stab England’s 48th minute clincher in Tilburg.

That gave the Lionesses three wins in three Group D games after overcoming Scotland and Spain.

They will now rate their chances as high as almost anyone for the tournament after reaching the quarter-finals so easily.

Toni Duggan celebrates her early opener for England against Portugal in the European Championships
Toni Duggan celebrates her early opener for England against Portugal in the European Championships
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England see Toni Duggan make a seventh-minute breakthrough against Portugal
England see Toni Duggan make a seventh-minute breakthrough against Portugal
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England's Karen Carney takes on Portugal star Dolores Silva during the first half in Tilburg
England’s Karen Carney takes on Portugal star Dolores Silva during the first half in Tilburg
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Portugal mob Carolina Mendes after her equaliser against England
Portugal mob Carolina Mendes after her equaliser against England
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England struggled to settle during a scrappy contest against Portugal
England struggled to settle during a scrappy contest against Portugal
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