REPORT: England defeat Mexico to take big step towards qualification

England secured a much needed three points against a strong Mexico side on Saturday evening to move into second in Group F with one match remaining.

Another nervy start saw Mexico control the early exchanges, but Mark Sampson’s side soon settled, creating chances towards the end of the first half. Striker Eniola Aluko came closest, striking the bar from distance.

England improved after the break and started to pepper the Mexico goal, but the introduction of Alex Greenwood proved key, her crosses and runs from the left stretched the opposition, and it wasn’t long before Fran Kirby did brilliantly to roll England ahead.

Soon after, Greenwood’s pinpoint cross found the head of another sub, Karen Carney, to put England into a commanding 2-0 lead. A late Mexico goal brought some jitters, but Sampson’s side held on for a much needed three points.

Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper bring you their match summary right after the final whistle in Moncton.

 

 

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