England’s Jodie Taylor scored the only goal as they broke the deadlock against Argentina just past the hour to secure a 1-0 win and reach the last 16 at the Women’s World Cup on Friday.
England’s Nikita Parrish had a first-half penalty saved by Vanina Correa, but Taylor got on the end of Beth Mead’s cross in the 62nd minute to give her side their second straight win.
England, who moved on to six points in Group D, join hosts France, Germany and Italy into the knockout phase. Re-live the action below:
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England clinched a place in the knockout places with a 1-0 victory over Argentina. Here’s how it happened:
England captain Steph Houghton has been speaking to BBC Radio 5live. Here’s what she said:
“This was the objective when we came here. We knew it would be a tough game against Scotland. The first game was about winning and this is the same.
“They were resolute and hard working. We knew it would be difficult and hard to break them down. The keeper had a worldie.
“When we came in at half-time, it was all about sticking to the gameplan and we did that. We had a bit more rhythm today, a lot more of the ball.. We knew we could get better.
“Jodie is a world-class striker, she had a great Euros. When you get her in those areas, you know she’ll put them away.”
Reaction from goalscorer Jodie Taylor:
“It is a good performance today by the team and good win. I remember Beth Mead playing a perfect ball which landed right on my foot. I was in the right place at the right time.
“Patience was the key, we said it all week. We have had experienced facing a block of defence through qualifying and got frustrated, but today we had the quality and it paid off.
“I went to the corner and saw Jordan Nobbs on punditry and I gave her a wave as well as some family. It was a special goal for them.”
Consistency. First job done. Well played Lionesses.
Reaction from England manager Phil Neville:
“It’s not relief – I thought we were outstanding – the speed of our play against a team that was always going to be difficult to play against. I’m so proud of them – four days ago I was critical of them but I’m so proud of every single one of them tonight.”
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How did the England players rate against a stubborn Argentina?
Phil Neville is very happy with that performance. He gathers the players together and gives them a round of applause.
“We were outstanding tonight. I really enjoyed the game, I enjoyed our performance. Jodie Taylor was phenomenal tonight.”
90+4 mins: England 1 – 0 Argentina
Good, sensible stuff from England sees them hold onto the ball long enough for the final whistle to come.
Jodie Taylor’s second half goal gives them the three points and a place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup.
90+2 mins: England 1 – 0 Argentina
Four minutes of added time at the end of this match. Phil Neville is bellowing orders from the touchlines, urging England to see out this game.
Daly runs the ball at Stabile as they try to keep the ball in Argentina’s half.
90 mins: England 1 – 0 Argentina
Moore tries to bend a long ball in behind Cometti as Scott runs onto the ball. Correa sees the danger and is quick off her line to smother it.
Fran Kirby is the latest player to go off for England. She’s been terrific today but is replaced by Karen Carney.
Sole Jaimes goes off for Argentina, Oviedo comes on.
87 mins: England 1 – 0 Argentina
Nikita Parris has switched sides. Lucy Bronze runs forward on the overlap and delivers a ball into the box. Parris runs onto it but doesn’t catch her shot cleanly and Correa keeps hold of the ball.
Parris goes off and Daly comes on for England.
84 mins: England 1 – 0 Argentina
Stanway gives it to Kirby who puts the ball into the box. Argentina clear it away but England lose the ball. A long ball forward from Argentina gives it them back and they need to manage the last few minutes of this game.
81 mins: England 1 – 0 Argentina
Beth Mead goes off in England first substitution. Georgia Stanway comes on in her stead.
A second goal will calm England down. They don’t look likely to concede but nerves have a way of affecting things. Parris wins a free kick wide on the right wing.
78 mins: England 1 – 0 Argentina
Parris runs the ball down the right again, Cometti dives in for a challenge and Parris jumps over her but the ball goes out for a goal kick.
England get the ball back and send it forward to Fan Kirby. Kirby dribbles it into the box before Barroso dispossesses her.
75 mins: England 1 – 0 Argentina
Sachs and Mead collide as Greenwood sends the ball long. They’re both okay though as Argentina push forward. They don’t get far before Larroquette lets loose a shot. Telford spies it early and is switched on enough to easily catch the ball.
Benitez goes off and Santana comes on for Argentina.
72 mins: England 1 – 0 Argentina
It should be two!
An England throw in is played out to Parris on the right, she runs the ball to the byline and crosses. Argentina head it out as far as Greenwood. Greenwood finds Scott with a splitting ball back into the box and Scott wins the header but sends it over the bar!
70 mins: England 1 – 0 Argentina
Argentina make the first change as Banini goes off and Larroquette comes on. Estefania Banini has had a quiet game today and hasn’t looked nearly as threatening as she did against Japan.
England win a free kick, about 30 yards out, Kirby drifts into space on the left edge of the box and Houghton finds her but Kirby loses the ball as she cuts back inside.
67 mins: England 1 – 0 Argentina
Great skill from Mead to keep hold of the ball wins England another corner. Their sixth of the game. The ball comes into the box and Correa punches it away as far as Kirby.Kirby sends it out wide and England win a throw in. They keep the ball on the left wing before Greenwood finds a touch of space and sends a cross into the box. Correa comes off her line and catches the ball.
64 mins: England 1 – 0 Argentina
A quick VAR check show Taylor was onside so the goal stands. Argentina now have to come at England which should open up more opportunities for England to close out this game.
Nikita Parris is brought down on the edge of the area but the referee plays on. Lucy Bronze gets the ball into the box and wins a corner. The ball comes into the six-yard box and Jill Scott heads it over the bar.
62 mins: England 1 – 0 Argentina – Taylor
GOAL! A bit of respite for Argentina as Moore is shoved off the ball by Jaimes. She gives it to Banini who tries to hold up the ball as Argentina come forward. Greenwood wins in back, gives it to Scott who breaks quickly and passes to Kirby. Kirby sends it to Mead on the left who delivers a perfect ball to the far post for a Jodie Taylor tap-in.
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