Women’s World Cup: 2-1 victory over Mexico gives England a chance to win Group F

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Group F of the 2015 Women’s World Cup may not be the vaunted “group of death,” but as things have played out on the field through two rounds of group games, it’s certainly become the “group that anybody can but nobody seems to wants to win.” England knocked off Mexico, 2-1, on Saturday, meaning three teams now sit within a single point of one another in first, second and third.

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Fran Kirby scored the game’s opening goal with a clever outside-of-the-foot finish from the penalty spot in the 71st minute. Kirby created her own space for the shot with a cut-back move inside the penalty area, eluding one defender before slotting her low, bouncing shot through a sea of Mexican defenders and using the inside of the far post to find the back of the net.

England doubled their lead in the 83rd minute, when Karen Carney headed home Alex Greenwood’s deep cross to the back post. Carney’s front-side run lost her Mexican marker and the 27-year-old headed the ball back across goal for her 24th international goal.

Mexico pulled a goal back late, in the 91st minute, through Fabiola Ibarra’s finish past Karen Bardsley, but the Three Lionesses had done enough to secure all three points vault themselves up the table in Group F.

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Following a 1-0 tournament-opening defeat to France, the English now sit in second place, behind Colombia and ahead of France, with one game, against Colombia, still to play. For Mexico, the outlook is bleak with just one point from two games and a date with the French on Wednesday.