England cemented their spot in the Fifa Women World Cup 2019 knockout stages by beating strong Argentina( courtesy to Jodie Taylor’s first goal in 14 months).
After tripping of Alex Greenwood, Phil Neville’s side looked as though the english would pay for Nikita Parris’ failed 1st half penalty, which was impossibly saved by Vanina Correa.
The brilliant Argentine goalkeeper also dismissed Beth Mead, Parris and Taylor but did not get any chance to stop Euro 2017’s golden boot winner , as she tapped in Beth mead’s low cross after 61 minutes.
So, the victory for world third ranked England, 34 places above than Argentina. It means English Women qualify for the second round and have a chance to seal top spot against Japan in their final game on Wednesday.
In the industrial city of Le Havre in front of 20,294 people, England have won their 1st two WC matches for the first time.
As the game came to an hour mark , Correa’s goal was impregnable, but the latter of two passing moves led to Taylor’s goal and she(33), who had not scored since an WC qualifier in April 2018( in 368 minutes of football ), celebrated her 18th England goal with cheers.
She has also scored five times at Euro 2017. And then England reached the semi-final and again she scored once at the 2015 WC where England finishes third. So, obviously, Jodie has a longing for the big occasion which may prove crucial.
Player Of The Match: Vanina Correa(Argentina) Vanina saved multiple times to frustrate England but finally Taylor was able to penetrate the goal.
“Jodie Taylor was phenomenal tonight.It should have been more, but I stood in the warm-up and noticed their goalkeeper- she was unbelievable even in the warm-up. You can not always be the same as before and after the game, but she was outstanding. You’ve seen an outstanding goalkeeping performance tonight”, praised England Manager Phil Neville.
England 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”, Taylor told BBC One.
She also added,”Patience was the key, we told it all week. We have had experience facing a block of defence through qualifying and got frustrated. In today, we had the quality and it paid off.”
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