England salvage lone goal win against Argentina at the Stade Océane in Le Havre
The Liionesses were finalinst at the UEFA Women’s Championship in 1984 and 2009 and are veterans of four world cups. This year, England edged past Scotland with a tight 2-1 win in Nice. Under Phil Nevelle the English use the 4-3-3 with Parris, Taylor and Kirby in the attack in the attack.
The Blue and White brigade were the Copa América Femenina 2006 Champions.
Argentina won their first ever Women’s World Cup point with a goalless draw against 2011 champs Japan.
Carlos Borrello’s Argentina adopt the 4-5-1 against England in search for their first goal in the World Cup.
The two teams have met once before in World Cup History in China 2007 where England emerged victorious and fired in Six goals while conceding a single goal.
First Half of England v Argentina:
The match lit up in the very first minute of the game, England Lucy Bronze head a cross from Nikita Parris from the right wing. Lucy’s head was saved by the Argentine Augustina Barroso.
In the 28th minute, Alex Greenwood was tackled down by Ruth Bravo in the Argentine penalty area. Referee Qin Liang from China had no hesitation as she pointed to the penalty spot.
Nikita Parris hit the ball to Left of Vanina Correa and the Argentina goalkeeper saved brilliantly to keep the ball out. Jodie Taylor followed up, and had a golden opportunity to give her side the important lead.
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A 25th minute Beth Mead corner had a handful of player in the Argentine defense in the penalty area. After a well-worked training ground routine from the English. the ball trickled past the Argentina post.
Referee Qin Liang from China blew the whistle and at the end of the First half the two team were still in a deadlock
Second Half of England v Argentina:
England were relentless in their attack in the second half and their transition from 4-3-3 to the 4-3-2-1 gave them the added attack against their rivals. On the other hand the Argentine team seemed to be playing a flaw of sitting deep in defense. However when the Argentine forwards and midfield move into attach they were found wanting in counter attacks.
Argentina continued to impress with their resolute defense as they looked to repeat the 0-0 draw with Japan in Paris. The argentine quartet of Adriana Sachs, Agustina Barroso, Aldana Cometti and Eliana Stábile look solid.
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England finally opened up with a goal in the 62 minute when Beth Mead attacked from the inside left and penetrated the Argentinean penalty area as Fran Kirby and her first-time cross was brilliantly tapped home by Taylor. England 1 – 0 Argentina
Player of the Match: Argentine Goalkeeper Vanina Correa was adjudged the player of the match for her outstanding goal saves.