England 1-0 Argentina: Player ratings as Lionesses progress at WWC

England secured a place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup as Jodie Taylor’s second-half finish earned them a 1-0 win against Argentina in Le Havre.

Euro 2017 top-scorer Taylor turned the ball in at the back post just after the hour mark as she met a Beth Mead delivery at the end of a good move.

It had been a frustrating game up to that point for the Lionesses, with Nikita Parris seeing a 29th-minute penalty saved by Vanina Correa.

The goalkeeper thwarted Phil Neville‘s side with further impressive stops to keep out strikes from Mead and Parris before Taylor’s goal broke Argentina’s dogged resistance.

Having sealed progress to the next round after taking six points from two matches, England will head into their final Group D game, against Japan in Nice on Wednesday, looking to cement top spot in the pool.

Here. Press Association rates the England performances…

CARLY TELFORD: Given very little to do as she made her World Cup debut at the third edition she had gone to. 6

LUCY BRONZE: Made a number of typically slick contributions in attack. Given some rough treatment at times. 7

STEPH HOUGHTON: Hit a great lofted pass in the build-up to the penalty, and dealt with the situation well on a rare occasion when Argentina threatened. 7

ABBIE McMANUS: Showed composure having been brought into the starting XI. 6

ALEX GREENWOOD: Played her part as an attacking outlet, including winning the penalty. 6

JILL SCOTT: Frequently involved when England had joy in attack, and was part of the move for the goal. 7

JADE MOORE: Not as prominent as midfield partner Scott. Booked late in the first half. 5

NIKITA PARRIS: While it was a good save by Vanina Correa that kept it out, Parris will be disappointed about failing to score the penalty, which she was made to wait some time to take. 6

FRAN KIRBY: Produced some excellent touches in link-up play. 7

BETH MEAD: Thwarted by another excellent Correa save before producing a fine assist for the goal. 7

JODIE TAYLOR: The Euro 2017 top-scorer had looked to be struggling somewhat before turning in what proved the winner. 7

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SUBSTITUTES:

GEORGIA STANWAY (for Mead, 81): Little chance to shine. 6

RACHEL DALY (for Parris, 86)

KAREN CARNEY (for Kirby, 89)

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