​England had been fortunate to go away Le Havre intact on Friday night time after a brutal 1-Zero win over Argentina, with the Group D underdogs intent on making issues as troublesome as potential for the Lionesses. 

A stop-start sport was dominated by Phil Neville’s facet from the off, with Beth Mead notably threatening down the left in tandem with Alex Greenwood. It was the latter who earned England their greatest probability of the primary half, being taken down within the field by Ruth Bravo for a transparent penalty – however Vanina Correa saved brilliantly from Nikita Parris. 

Correa additionally produced a nice save together with her foot to maintain out Mead shortly afterwards to maintain the rating degree at half time. Her kind continued into the second half – however a superb low cross from Mead across the hour mark noticed the Argentine stopper helpless to stop Jodie Taylor sneaking in on the again submit to fit residence.

Having taken the lead, England solely threatened once more in matches and begins. However needing nothing by way of purpose distinction, the 1-Zero win will do. For now. 


Key Speaking Level

Argentina proves their mettle towards Japan on Monday, however England – semi-finalists 4 years in the past and SheBelieves Cup winners earlier this 12 months – would have hoped to tear by way of a facet who expended lots of vitality of their opening match. 

Not so. Regardless of having the lion’s share (or the Lioness’ share, aha) of the possession and the attacking momentum, England’s closing ball was typically barely wayward, or lower out by a deep-lying defender. 

​​That failure to be scientific at key moments might be vastly pricey towards opponents with extra of an attacking menace. It says quite a bit, ultimately, that Taylor’s opener was greeted with reduction relatively than triumph. 

​Participant Rankings

Beginning XI: Telford (7); Bronze (7), Houghton (7), McManus (8), Greenwood (7); Moore (6), Scott (7), Kirby (5); Parris (6), Taylor (7), Mead (8*). 

Subs: Stanway (N/A), Daly (N/A), Carney (N/A).

Star Participant


Beth Mead offered the devilish, swinging low ball for Taylor’s opening purpose, and induced havoc down the left-hand facet virtually each time she received onto the ball. Additionally mustn’t overlook that it was her who performed in Greenwood simply earlier than she was taken down within the field for Parris’ saved penalty. 


Participant Rankings

Beginning XI: Correa (9*); Barroso (7), Sachs (6), Cometti (7), Stabile (6); Bravo (4), Benitez (6), Mayorga (5), Banini (6); James (6), Bonsegundo (5).

Subs: Larroquette (6), Santana (6), Oviedo (N/A).

Star Participant​

Vanina Correa was crucial participant on the pitch for Argentina, and it wasn’t even shut. Whereas her teammates niggled and nudged to frustrate England, her technique was extra classical. Her revision notes learn, merely, ‘simply be actually good’. 

Her penalty save was among the best you are ever prone to see, and subsequent saves from Mead and Parris had the Lionesses pissed off properly into the second half. 

Trying Forward

England can now go into their closing group sport towards second-placed Japan realizing {that a} draw can be sufficient to see them proceed to the knockout stage as Group D winners – though that, theoretically, places them on the harder facet of the draw. 

Argentina, in the meantime, can put themselves in an inexpensive place to qualify as one of many 4 greatest third-placed groups with a win over Scotland in Paris on Wednesday.