#FIFAWWC2019 Day 8: Lionesses & Azzurre advance to last sixteen

England’s Jodie Taylor celebrates scoring her side’s goal with Beth Mead (PA Images)

England had to be patient to overcome Argentina, Italy are also into the knockout stages after putting five past Jamaica, whereas Scotland have a task on their hands to go through after defeat to Japan.

GROUP D

Taylor takes Lionesses through

England had to wait over an hour for their breakthrough against a stubborn Argentina, for whom Vanina Correa saved a penalty.

Alex Greenwood won the first-half spot kick but Nikita Parris’s strike was turned onto the post by Correa.

The Argentine keeper would do much to keep the Lionesses followers in the 20,000 crowd waiting for a winner, also doing very well in denying Beth Mead and then Parris again.

But it was Mead who was to set up the only goal, again getting down the left and this time Taylor was there to poke home her first England goal since April 2018.

GROUP D

Claire Emslie with Mana Iwabuchi and Nana Ichise. (PA Images)

Too little, too late for Scotland

Japan made it four points from two games but Scotland still have to get off the mark following a 2-1 defeat to the Nadeshiko.

Shelley Kerr’s side went behind when Mana Iwabuchi’s dipping effort beat an unsighted Lee Alexander, who would go on to make some smart stops.

However, it was 2-0 before the interval as Rachel Corsie was judged to have pulled down Yuika Sugasawa, the forward got to her feet and placed the penalty into the bottom corner.

It was the final 15 minutes before the Scots enjoyed a strong spell, Erin Cuthbert hitting the post from an acute angle, Lisa Evans seeing her effort pushed round the post by Ayaka Yamashita.

More penalty decisions went against Scotland but Lana Clelland came off the bench to rifle the ball into the roof of the net having been gifted possession.

GROUP C

Cristina Girelli (10) hit a hat-trick for Italy.

Five-star Italy reach last sixteen

Italy reached the last sixteen with a big 5-0 win that was harsh on Jamaica.

Cristiana Girelli netted an early penalty at the second attempt, Sydney Schneider booked for coming off her line before the kick was taken to make the save.

Girelli went on to complete her hat-trick with goals either side of the break, her third coming seconds after the restart.

Jamaica then pinned the Azzurre back and were not only unlucky not to score but conceded twice to a brace from Aurora Galli, the first a rocket, the second a perfectly-timed run.

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