England 2 Spain 0
JODIE TAYLOR followed her hat-trick heroics against Scotland with a late strike to rain on Spain ’s parade.
The Arsenal ace’s goal in the closing stages came after Fran Kirby got England off to a dream start with her early opener in foul conditions in Breda.
The win keeps the Lionesses top of Group D and a huge step closer to the Euros quarter-finals in Holland.
Kirby opened the scoring inside two minutes when she calmly slotted past the keeper after Ellen White played her in.
England had the ball in the net again three minutes later with Millie Bright’s looping header from a Jordan Nobbs free-kick, but the goal was harshly ruled offside.
Captain Steph Houghton flashed over the crossbar after good work from Kirby down the left.
The Lionesses were pegged back from then on, with Spain enjoying most of the possession in the driving rain. England struggled to get hold of the ball and were quickly closed down and dispossessed when they did.
But the Spaniards were unable to find an opening and it remained 1-0 at half-time.
England continued to be pegged back in their own half after the break and Spain began to threaten more in the final third as the game wore on.
And the Lionesses had a let-off in the 75th minute as White slipped and handled with the ref first pointing to the spot before ruling in England’s favour.
Then Taylor doubled the lead with five minutes left when she swept home from a deft Nobbs flick as England rallied.
“I’m delighted for Fran to get off the mark in this tournament and Taylor’s obviously on fire.
“Overall I’m just incredibly proud of the players after a tough game and a big, big win for us.”