After arguably one of the greatest upsets in Women’s World Cup history, Mexico looked to follow in Colombia’s footsteps with a victory against England in their second game of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
However, two goals in the second half were enough to see the Three Lionesses get their first three points of the competition with a 2-1 victory over Mexico.
Leonardo Cuellar’s side came into this game after a 1-1 draw with Colombia in their opening game of Group F and looked bright in the first few minutes against an England team that were firm favorites.
Though as the half progressed, Mexico were forced hang on as England manged to have good spells of possession in Mexico’s final third.
Cecilia Santiago had to be at her best when forced to hold on to shots from Fran Kirby and Toni Duggan.
At the start of the second half, it was Mexico who came closest to scoring. First, Renae Cuellar took advantage of some poor passing to force a save from Karen Bardsley. Then in the 65th minute, Monica Ocampo nearly scored an “Olimpico” straight from a corner kick.
Six minutes later, Mexico’s hopes for what would have been a shock victory took a turn for the worse. Fran Kirby dribbled her way past two Mexican defenders and finished into the back of the net to put England in front.
After that it was Karen Carney’s turn to score. The Birmingham City midfielder found herself unmarked in the box to head home the 2-0.
Mexico scored late on through Fabiola Ibarra, but it wasn’t enough as Mexico fell for the first time in the competition.
Mexico’s final group stage game will be against France on Wednesday, and they require a win to have any chance of reaching the Round of 16.