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England beat Argentina to secure last-16 spot

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Jodie Taylor celebrates after scoring in England's Women's World Cup group-stage match against Argentina.
England advance to the knockout round at the Women's World Cup.

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 at the women's World Cup on Friday.

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...


Jodie Taylor breaks scoring drought to lead England to knockout stage

England advanced into the knockout stage of the Women's World Cup thanks to a 1-0 victory Friday over Argentina, with Jodie Taylor's second-half goal enough to secure the points.

It was mostly attack against defense in Le Havre, France. England dominated possession and territory, but Argentina was resolute, well-structured and hard to break down. Goalkeeper Vanina Correa put in a remarkable performance to save a first-half penalty from England's Nikita Parris and stood firm to other clear chances...

Stubborn Argentina holds Japan to goalless draw

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Argentina achieved their first-ever result in a World Cup match on Monday.

Japan's quest to reach a third consecutive women's World Cup final began with a dull goalless draw as Argentina claimed their first-ever point at the tournament on Monday.

Asako Takakura's Japan, ranked seventh in the world, kept almost two-thirds of ball possession in Paris but struggled to find a way past a disciplined Argentine centre-back pairing of Agustina Barroso and Aldana Cometti.

Japan's only meaningful chance came just after the interval when forward Kumi Yokoyama's long-range effort...

2019 Women's World Cup team previews: Argentina

Argentina is the lowest-ranked team in the World Cup and will need to play well and hope for some luck to get out of the group stages. But this tournament holds a bigger purpose. In a year in which the country's domestic scene is taking its first steps toward becoming fully professionalized, Argentina's first appearance in the World Cup since 2007 will see it propelled into the national consciousness.

How they got here

In 2007, Argentina...