Ford steers 14-man England to win against Argentina

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England's Tom Curry
Tom Curry became the first player sent off for England in a World Cup
England: (12) 27
Pens: Ford 6 Drop-goals Ford 3
Argentina: (3) 10
Try: Bruni Pens: Boffelli Con: Boffelli

George Ford kicked 27 points to steer England to a magnificent World Cup victory over Argentina after they were reduced to 14 men after three minutes.

Tom Curry was sent off by the bunker review system for a clash of heads with Juan Cruz Mallia that took place in the third minute in Marseille.

Fly-half Ford kicked three drop-goals to give England a 12-3 half-time lead.

England controlled the second half and Ford added 15 points as England started Pool D with a morale-boosting win.

Rodrigo Bruni powered over in the 79th minute for the only try of the game for hapless Argentina.

More soon.

Line-ups

England: Steward; May, Marchant, Tuilagi, Daly; Ford, Mitchell; Genge, George, Cole, Itoje, Chessum, Lawes (capt), Curry, Earl.

Replacements: Dan, Marler, Stuart, Martin, Ludlam, Care, Smith, Lawrence.

Argentina: Mallia; Boffelli, Cinti, Chocobares, M Carreras; S Carreras, Bertranou; Gallo, Montoya (capt), Gomez Kodela, Lavanini, Alemanno, Martin Gonzalez, Kremer, Matera.

Replacements: Creevy, Sclavi, Bello, Petti Pagadizabal, Rubiolo, Bruni, Bazan Velez, Moroni.

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

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