Mexico failed to hold on to a 1-0 lead as Leonardo Cuellar’s side opened their Women’s World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw to Colombia in Moncton on Tuesday.
After unsuccessfully being able to earn a victory in their previous two World Cup appearances, Mexico looked headed towards their first ever World Cup victory when Veronica Perez put the Mexicans in front in the 35th minute, but Daniela Montoya’s 82nd minute strike was enough to earn both teams a 1-1 draw.
It was a bright start for Mexico, who had the majority of the possession and stepped in to test the Colombian defense throughout the first-half.
Their reward finally came when Veronica Perez unleashed a swerving shot from a short corner that sneaked past the Colombian goalkeeper to put Mexico ahead. Goal-line technology had to be used for the first time in the tournament’s history, but there was no doubt it was a goal from the start.
However, it was only in the second-half that Mexico decided to sit back and play more conservatively.
In the 82nd minute, Tatiana Ariza gathered a nice through ball before turning and picking out Daniela Montoya. With the net in front of her, Montoya sent a stunner into one of the top corners to equalize for Colombia.
Things may have ended differently when the ref called back a goal for an apparent foul from Charlyn Corral in the closing stages of the game, but nothing much changed after that.
At the final whistle, Colombia earned their first ever point at a Women’s World Cup, while Mexico dropped two important points in Group F.
Mexico’s next game will be against England on Saturday.