England beat Argentina to progress into the World Cup knockout stages

England 1-0 Argentina

England booked their place in the World Cup knockout stages after beating a resolute Argentina thanks to Jodie Taylor’s first goal in 14 months.

Phil Neville’s side looked as though they would pay for Nikita Parris’ missed first-half penalty, which was saved by the brilliant Vanina Correa after Alex Greenwood was tripped.

The Argentine goalkeeper also denied Beth Mead, Parris and Taylor, but had no chance in stopping Euro 2017’s golden boot winner, as she tapped in Mead’s low cross after 61 minutes.

The victory for England, who are ranked third in the world – 34 places above Argentina – means they qualify for the second round and can seal top spot in Group D with a point against Japan in their final game on Wednesday.

In front of a crowd of 20,294 in the industrial city of Le Havre, it was also the first time England have won their first two World Cup matches.

But they were made to battle for it against a determined Argentina, who won their first ever World Cup point in their opening draw with 2011 champions Japan and have had to overcome hardships in the last few years.

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