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Moore starts as Lionesses earn knockout place

Royals midfielder helps guide England to hard-fought win

17 June 2019

Jade Moore played her first minutes of the Women's World Cup on Friday night, starting for the Lionesses as they battled their way past Argentina in the group stages.

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Moore, orchestrating proceedings from the base of the England midfield, played all 90 minutes for Phil Neville's side in a 1-0 win that sent the Lionesses through to the last 16 with a game to spare.

England went up against an Argentina side that put up strong resistance on the night, not least through an inspired goalkeeping performance by Vanina Correa that kept England at bay on multiple occasions on the night.

A first-half penalty save from Correa saw the teams go in goalless at the break, after she guessed Nikita Parris' effort correctly to parry onto the post and away. 

A crowd of more than 20,000 in Le Havre saw England continue their pressure on Argentina in the second half, with Correa making instinctive saves to deny Parris once more, with Beth Mead and Jodie Taylor also being thwarted by the Argentine stopper.

But on the hour mark, the breakthrough came when a quick counter-attack from England saw them outnumber their opponents in midfield.

Former Reading playmaker, Fran Kirby surged forward and played out to Mead on the left of the box, whose arrowed pass across goal saw Taylor able to beat the offside trap and tap in from close range.

Neville's side continued to assert their dominance on the game, without managing to find a way through for the second goal on the night - but qualification for the knockout stages was assured upon the final whistle.

The Lionesses round off the group stages with a match against Japan on Wednesday evening that will decide the group winners, as Sophie Howard and Scotland hope to beat Argentina to have a chance of advancing as one of the best third-placed teams from the group stages.


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