Sun | Jul 21, 2019

England clip Argentina 1-0

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:19 AM
England’s Jodie Taylor (No. 9) beats Argentina goalkeeper Vanina Correa and scores the lone goal of the game during their FIFA Women’s World Cup Group D match at the Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, yesterday.
England’s Jodie Taylor (No. 9) beats Argentina goalkeeper Vanina Correa and scores the lone goal of the game during their FIFA Women’s World Cup Group D match at the Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, yesterday.

LE HAVRE, France (AP):

Jodie Taylor scored her first international goal in 14 months to send England into the second round of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Friday in a 1-0 victory over Argentina.

The Argentines, who scored their first-ever World Cup point in an opening draw against Japan, were resilient, but Taylor finally found a way past goalkeeper Vanina Correa in the 61st minute after she had repeatedly thwarted England’s attack. Correa saved a first-half penalty from Nikita Parris.

Taylor sneaked into a central location unchecked by the Argentine defence and met Beth Mead’s low cross. She nudged the ball into the net and ended a 540-day England goal drought for the Golden Boot winner from the 2017 European Championship.

After edging Scotland 2-1 on Sunday, England have now opened a World Cup with back-to-back wins for the first time and advanced to the next round ahead of their final Group D match against Japan. Italy, with their 5-0 win over Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz, France and Germany are also already through to the round of 16 with a game to spare.