Daniela Montoya’s 82nd minute wonder goal helped Colombia to a surprising point, as Mexico wasted chance after chance in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday in Group F of the Women’s World Cup.
Both teams had seemingly-legit goals waved off in the match. Colombia’s Montoya took a cross to the face leading to a breakaway goal that would be called off for a handball (the photo above shows differently) before Mexico’s Charlyn Corral had a stoppage-time winner nullified on a phantom foul.
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Veronica Perez’s first-half goal looked like it would be all Mexico needed to snatch three points from Colombia in its Women’s World Cup opener.
The California-born Washington Spirit midfielder needed goal line technology to give Mexico its 1-0 lead, as her shot from just inside corner kick territory tricked Colombia goalkeeper Stefany Castano.
Castano pushed the ball off the crossbar, but it’s descent was judged to have crossed the line in the 36th minute.
But Montoya turned and fired a rocket from just outside the 18 to tie the match at 1 with under 10 minutes to go.
Mexico thought it found a winner in stoppage time but a head-scratching referee error off a 50/50 deprived it of a winner. Four players went up for a ball that dropped into the 18 for Corral, who mishit the ball but still saw it roll into the net.
Colombia’s next task is a step up, with a June 13 match against France in Moncton, followed by Mexico taking on 0-1 England.