England through to Rugby World Cup quarter-finals after beating 14-man Argentina

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England have booked their spot in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final after beating 14-man Argentina.

The tie was made a lot easier for Eddie Jones' side after Tomas Lavanini was dismissed after just 17 minutes for a dangerous tackle on Owen Farrell; the man who was also victim of a high tackle during the win over USA.

England went into the game off the back of two wins and knew that qualification to the knockout stages would be secured with yet another victory.

Jones' men had already seen off Tonga and USA, whereas the Pumas had picked up one win and suffered one defeat.

They started their World Cup campaign with a narrow 23-21 loss to France, but picked themselves up to beat Tonga 28-12.

And it was the South American side that scored the first points of the game; Benjamin Urdapilleta successfully kicking over a penalty after just six minutes to give them a 3-0 lead.

However, it took just three minutes for England to hit back, as Jonny May ran over the first try of the game.

It then went from bad to worse for Argentina as Lavanini's moment of madness was punished by referee Nigel Owens and he was sent for an early bath. Replays showed the tackle was dangerously high, so he could really have no complaints.

The 14 men of Argentina then couldn't hang on to the 5-3 scoreline going into half-time as England forced their way over the try line with just five minutes left.

Despite fumbling the ball initially, Elliot Daly managed to keep hold of it eventually and ran over to extend his side's lead. Sadly, Farrell failed to add points to the scoreboard, his third missed kick of the game.

Ben Youngs then compounded the misery for the South Americans as he scored England's third try of the game right on the stroke of half-time.

A fourth kick and a fourth miss for Farrell, but England went into the break with a 15-3 lead.

Five minutes into the second-half and it was clear England were going to pull away. George Ford added a fourth try and Farrell finally found his kicking boots as he converted to make it 22-3.

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Just like London buses, one quickly became two for Farrell as he converted a penalty to make it 25-3. Confidence was building and the contest was coming to an end.

Despite being a man down, it was actual Argentina who then struck next, going under the posts with just eight minutes remaining.

A lot of credit has to be given to the Pumas; they didn't let the red card disrupt their play and they didn't collapse in the second half.

Marking his return from injury, Jack Nowell added his name to the scoresheet after some weak defending from Argentina.

Job done for England and into the quarters after winning 39-10. Sadly, on the other hand, it was home time for the Pumas.

Argentina are next in action on Wednesday as they take on USA, whereas England have the small matter of taking on France a week today.

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