England clip Argentina 1-0
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.