Women's World Cup - England held by Mexico

Mon, 27 Jun 16:30:00 2011

England started their World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw after a lacklustre performance against an unfancied Mexican side who produced a moment of magic to take a point from the game in Wolfsburg.

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Everything was going to plan for England when Fara Williams headed home from a corner midway through the first half.

But just twelve minutes later Monica Ocampo was left with time and space thirty yards from goal, unleashing a tremendous effort which flew past Karen Bardsley and into the top corner.

England started the game well with Kelly Smith, Eni Aluko and Karen Carney all looking dangerous, and it was no surprise when the goal duly came after 21 minutes from. Carney took an outswinging corner from the right which was met by Williams, whose looping header evaded keeper and defender and hit the back of the net.

The Three Lions were dominating possession following the strike and looked comfortable, but out of nowhere Mexico levelled things up. Ocampo got on the ball just inside the English half, but and the defenders backed off and off until the midfielder was around thirty yards out.

And England were punished for their reticence as Ocampo unleashed a vicious, dipping effort that hit the top corner of Bardsley's net. Maybe the keeper could have done better, but it was an excellent strike.

There was little between the teams in the second half but both had chances to win it, Maribel Dominguez coming close from a free-kick that flashed wide of the left hand post.

Aluko then had the best chance of the match for England as a header across goal from Carney fell to her, but she missed her kick and the chance had gone.

The game petered out into a draw after that, a disappointing result for England who were marginally the better team but were forced to share the spoils.

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Phil Haigh / Eurosport

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