England made 10 changes to their starting team but overcame Portugal ©Getty Images

England secured their third consecutive victory at the UEFA Women’s European Championships in The Netherlands today, as Spain completed the quarter-final line-up despite defeat.

Having already secured a place in the last eight, England opted to make 10 changes to their line-up for their final Group D tie against Portugal in Tilburg.

The changes did not appear to have impacted Mark Sampson’s team, as England took an early lead.

Portugal’s Patricia Morais fired a clearance into England’s Toni Duggan in the seventh minute, with the striker reacting well to lift the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net on her 50th appearance for her country.

England appeared more disjointed as the half progressed, with Portugal taking full advantage.

Diana Silva fired the ball across the England box at the second attempt, with Caroline Mendes left free at the far post to tap in from close range in the 17th minute.

Portugal, the lowest ranked team in the competition, still harboured hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

Their hopes took a major blow in the opening minutes of the second half, as Nikita Parris was able to burst through their defence before sliding home to give England a 2-1 lead.

England were able to preserve their advantage to secure a third win in Group D, with their reward a quarter-final match against France, who they have never beaten at a major tournament.

Scotland beat Spain but suffered elimination from the competition ©Getty Images
Scotland beat Spain but suffered elimination from the competition ©Getty Images

Scotland required a victory by two goals against Spain to stand a chance of progression, but required two excellent saves from Gemma Fay to prevent them from falling behind as half-time approached in their match.

Fay was then fortunate to avoid being sent off for handling outside the area, but was only handed a yellow card.

Scotland took a shock lead as the ball fell to Caroline Weir on the edge of the box, with her shot deflected into the net.

While Scotland needed a second, Spain went close to an equaliser in the second half as Silvia Meseguer hit the crossbar from long range.

With no further goals, Spain snuck into the quarter-finals after finishing second in the group.

Spain will now face Austria in the quarter-finals.