2011 FIFA Women's World Cup: England VS. Mexico
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2011 FIFA Women's World Cup: England VS. Mexico

On the 27th of June, 2011, the second match of Group B opened up at the Im Allerpark stadium in Wolfsburg, Germany, as Mexico played the warm favourites England. A certain degree of anticipation was built up for the match, both teams knowing that they would need to get at least three points from the game - as whichever team of Group B comes in second will have to face the host nation, Germany, in the quarterfinals.

Ever since the first FIFA Women's World Cup was held in China in 1991, a significant interest has been building up worldwide, with the tournament growing to 16 teams by 2011.  On the 27th of June, 2011, the second match of Group B opened up at the Im Allerpark stadium in Wolfsburg, Germany, as Mexico played the warm favourites England.  A certain degree of anticipation was built up for the match, both teams knowing that they would need to get at least three points from the game - as whichever team of Group B comes in second will have to face the host nation, Germany, in the quarterfinals.  Both teams go into the match free of injuries, although Mexico had to come without crucial foil Renae Cuellar.

The England Women's National Team, beginning with a rocky start with the first few FIFA Women's World Cups, has since then shown great promise.  The England National Team was unbeaten in qualifying Group 5, with wins against the world's top-ranked teams, USA and Sweden.  That's a total of ten games gone without a single loss.  England's key players to watch for are the consistent goal-scorers Kelly Smith and Fara Williams.

For the Mexico Women's National Team, Las Tricolores, having heroicly qualified for tournament for the first time, an enormous amount of respect is to be accorded.  Fiercely supported by thousands of fans, Mexico has gone on from a tough start to beat Guyana 7-2, Trinidad and Tobago 2-0, and finally coming to beat topdog United States 2-1.  Mexico's key players to watch for are the ardent goal-scorers Maribel Dominguez, Guadelupe Worbis, and Monica Ocampo.

Las Tricolores in high spirits during the qualifying match against the United States (Image Source).

Match Overview

Players of the England Women's National Team line up for the National anthem (Image Source).

England's Goal Twenty-One Minutes In

Top: England Midfielder Fara Williams scoring the first goal of the match (Image Source).  Bottom: England Midfielder Fara Williams celebrating with her teammates (Image Source).

England Forward Karen Carney had made a corner shot from the right side of the field, which was headed home by England Midfielder Fara Williams.

Mexico's Tying Goal In The Thirty-Third Minute

Top: Mexico Forward Monica Ocampo scoring the tying goal of the match (Image Source).  Bottom: Mexico Forward Monica Ocampo exultant as she scores the tying goal of the match (Image Source).

Mexico Forward Monica Ocamp had hit a strike from 30 metres into the top right corner of the English goalpost.

Match Aftermath

The riveting match ended in a 1:1 stalemate.  Though the first half was dominated by England, the intensity of play was equally shared by both teams by the second half.  England would go on to play New Zealand in their next game, while Mexico would go on against Japan.

Of the game, England's head coach Hope Powell has said, “I’m glad we didn’t lose, that’s the main thing.  We probably had more of the possession, but it was a great strike which pulled them back into the game. We’re disappointed we didn’t win the game, but pleased we didn’t lose it."

Of the game, Mexico's head coach Leonardo Cuellar has said, "We haven't reached our goal yet so we will continue to work over the coming days. We have in our mind that we can achieve something special here!"

© 2011 Gregory Markov

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Comments (3)

Interesting, well written and illustrated article.Thanks for sharing

I'm not a huge football fan, but this was very interesting.

It has been a good tournament so far.

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