Monday 19 August 2019

Taylor fires Lionesses into last 16

England 1 Argentina 0

England's Jodie Taylor celebrates scoring their first goal. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters
England's Jodie Taylor celebrates scoring their first goal. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters
England's Jodie Taylor scores their first goal. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters
England's Jodie Taylor scores their first goal. Photo: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters
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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.

England's Nikita Parris 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.

Japan have four points after they beat Scotland 2-1 earlier, leaving the Scots without a point from two games.

"It was a good performance today by the team and good win," said Taylor. "Patience was the key, we said it all week. We have had experience facing a block of defence through qualifying and got frustrated, but today we had the quality and it paid off."

England coach Phil Neville had expected a tough game against an Argentina side who picked up their first World Cup point in a 0-0 draw against Japan in their opener and he was right.

"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," he said. "I'm so proud of them."

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