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Daniela Montoya’s 82th-minute thunderbolt denied Mexico all three points as they played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Colombia in Group F. Both sides knew their realistic qualification hopes relied on winning tonight, and this led to an open game.
Mexico’s goal was a moment of Women’s World Cup History as Veronica Perez’s goal needed Goal-Line Technology to be awarded – the first time that had ever happened. For large parts of the game, Colombia had been outplayed, but Mexico didn’t take their chances which allowed Montoya to steal the headlines. Things might have been different as in second half stoppage time, Mexico had a goal harshly ruled out for a foul in the buildup.
Mexico started the game quickly, with Monica Ocampo’s teasing cross picking out Renae Cuellar, but her header just went wide.
But Colombia gave them a warning about their threat. Yoreli Rincon’s superb ball sent Lady Andrade through and she expertly placed the ball past the keeper – but she was narrowly offside. Minutes later, Rincon picked out, this time onside, Andrade with a cross, but she headed just past the post.
Colombia should have scored when a lovely passing move found Carolina Arias who had arrived late in the box, but she blasted her shot over the bar.
Mexico came close from a free-kick on the right wing when Ocampo’s delivery needed the Colombian keeper Stefany Castano to palm the ball off the line. From the corner that followed, Ocampo’s ball once again needed Castano to claw the ball off the line.
They then made it third time lucky. The corner was tapped to Veronica Perez, who played an inswinging cross towards the near post, where Castano tried to hook the ball off the line – but the Goal-Line Technology ruled it had crossed it.
Mexico nearly doubled their lead with the last chance of the half, but Robles’ cross was clawed off the line this time by Castano.
And they had the first chance of the second half, as Ocampo’s diagonal pass picked out Cuellar, but Castano quickly came off the line to claim the ball. They came even closer when Nayeli Rangel headed the ball down to Cuellar, but from a close distance shot over the bar.
Colombia had a goal ruled out harshly, as Daniela Montoya finished from the edge of the box, but the referee ruled that she had fouled Valeria Miranda to originally win the ball – on the replay, Mexico looked fortunate to get away with it. And they came close again minutes later as Rincon’s free-kick was pushed onto the post by Cecilia Santiago with an incredible save.
Mexico had a half-chance when some quick feet from Charlyn Corral made space for a shot, but it took two large deflections off Colombian defenders.
They nearly scored a comical goal. Ocampo’s corner was cleared to Perez, who completely mishit her shot and it looped upwards and away from goal. Castano had assumed it had gone out, and went to retrieve a ball from the crowd. But backspin from the bounce had kept the ball in, and when Ocampo pounced she had an empty goal to score in. Luckily for Colombia, she had come from an offside position.
But then Colombia equalised. Tatiana Ariza was picked out int the box, but after an initial miscontrol, she teed up Montoya who blasted the ball into the net with an unstoppable strike.
In second half stoppage time, Mexico had a winner ruled out. Miranda’s cross was headed down by Stephany Mayor to Corral who stabbed the ball under the keeper and into the net. But the referee ruled the goal out for a foul by Mayor on Angela Clavijo.
Mexico is England’s next opponents, who in the last World Cup had played out a 1-1 draw.
Woman of the Match
I am going for Mexico’s Monica Ocampo.
Colombia: Stefany Castano, Carolina Arias, Angela Clavijo, Nataly Arias, Orianica Velasquez, Natalia Gaitan, Daniela Montoya, Diana Ospina (Amanda Cuesta 88), Yoreli Rincon, Lady Andrade (Tatiana Ariza 77), Catalina Usme (Ingrid Vidal 78).
Goal: Montoya 82.
Booked: Gaitan 26, Velasquez 34, Montoya 55.
Mexico: Cecilia Santiago, Kenti Robles, Christina Murillo, Alina Garciamendez, Valeria Miranda, Nayeli Rangel, Monica Ocampo (Fabiola Ibarra 87), Stephany Mayor, Veronica Perez, Charlyn Corral, Renae Cuellar (Jennifer Ruiz 79).
Goal: Perez 36
Booked: Santiago 18