England continued their unbeaten World Cup adventure with a narrow 1-0 win after finally breaking down a stubborn Argentina in Le Havre on Friday night.

Phil Neville's side went into their second game of the tournament as firm favourites but could not get past the South Americans for almost an hour.

After a niggly first half during which Nikita Parris saw her 28th-minute penalty saved by Vanina Correa, it looked like the Lionesses would be in for a disappointing night.

But on the hour mark, Jodie Taylor was on hand to fire home Beth Mead's pinpoint low cross from close range following a sweeping move.

Up until then, Correa had been staging a one-woman stand against the red England tide, pulling off save after save.

England fans in good spirits before the clash against Argentina. Credit: PA

More than 6 million people watched on television as England beat Scotland in their opening group fixture.

After Japan beat Scotland earlier on Friday, England knew a win in Le Havre would have secured passage through to the last-16 knockout stages.

But they face Japan in their final fixture - and that will determine if they get a potentially easier opponent in the form of one of the four 'best losers' who finish in third spot from other groups.

England went into Friday's game as firm favourites, ranked third in the world against Argentina's 37th.