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England edge Mexico 2-1 in women’s World Cup


England, Mexico, Womens World Cup

Moncton (Canada): England rebounded from their defeat to France when Fran Kirby and Karen Carney scored to nail a 2-1 win over Mexico at the women’s World Cup. Mark Sampson’s side desperately needed a win in their Group F on Saturday after losing their opening match to France 1-0 in Moncton, reports Xinhua.  Kirby fired past Mexican goalie Cecilia Santiago on 71 minutes, and substitute Carney headed in the second off a pinpoint Alex Greenwood cross eight minutes from time. Substitute Fabiola Ibarra pulled one back for the Mexicans one minute into injury time after England goalie Karen Bardsley spilled a shot. “They had a pressure on their shoulders, as they knew that a defeat would knock them out,” said Sampson.  Colombia now lead Group F with four points after two games, following their 1-1 draw against Mexico with a shock 2-0 defeat of France earlier on Saturday.  England and France now have three points with Mexico on one.  England next play Colombia in the final group game next Wednesday with Mexico taking on France.