England takes command of Women's World Cup Group D despite Vanina Correa's heroics

Vanina Correa (1) was great for Argentina, but England finally found the back of the net. (Reuters)
Vanina Correa (1) was great for Argentina, but England finally found the back of the net. (Reuters)

Everyone knew England would have the ball for much of its match against Argentina. Question was, would the Three Lionesses turn it into a goal?

Vanina Correa said no. Until Jodie Taylor and Beth Mead said yes.

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Despite Correa’s terrific night in goal for Argentina, Taylor finished a good ball in by Mead and England won 1-0 to take the lead atop Group D at the Women’s World Cup.

The Argentines didn’t concede a goal in their opener, and they managed to add another hour to that shutout streak thanks to Correa. First, she made an incredible save on a penalty taken by Nikita Parris thanks to a strong hand:

Shortly before halftime, Correa again came up big, with her lightning-quick reflexes deflecting a shot by Mead that was whistling toward the far corner:

Correa made another great save early in the second half, blocking a bullet through traffic struck by Parris.

But England persevered and broke through in the 61st minute. Fran Kirby played Mead wide left, who hit a first-time cross hard across the box that found an unmarked Taylor:

Unlike their first match, when they let up a bit against Scotland, the Lionesses kept up the pressure and didn’t yield a shot on target until the 76th minute. The win clinches a berth in the knockout stage, and they can clinch a group victory against Japan on Wednesday in Nice.

Argentina, meanwhile has been one of the stories of the tournament, not only given its performance but because of all the institutional sexism and hardships the players overcame just to make it to France.

They’re still alive to reach the knockout stage themselves. And while Scotland has been a bit unlucky, the Argentines have to like their chances with their spirit and Correa in the net.

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