Argentina’s tremendous rearguard action earned a historic point against Japan earlier in the week but Las Pibas couldn’t quite reproduce that result against England on Friday afternoon. Goalkeeper Vanina Correa produced a player of the match display to almost frustrate Phil Neville’s side but ultimately a single second half goal was enough.
Suffering a 6-1 defeat to England back in 2007, it is a measure of this Argentina side that despite their lack of funding they have picked up a point against a decorated Japan side and gave an England side with lofty aspirations a difficult 90 minutes.
Packing behind the ball and defending bravely, Argentina only saw 25% possession and relied on the brilliance of Correa to keep England out.
And it looked as though it might be enough until Jodie Taylor tapped in from Beth Mead’s low cross on the hour mark.
Prior to that a superb penalty stop to deny Nikita Parris had kept the scores level and then further saves from Mead, Parris and Taylor had begun to concern England.
Eventually England picked up the win that sent them through but Argentina could yet join them in the knockout stages with a positive result against Scotland in the final group game.