England v Mexico Match of the Day


England v Mexico

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Hello, welcome to the start of England's World Cup campaign. Hope

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Powell's women kicked off their Group B matches this afternoon

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against Mexico. Two players with plenty of England experience Joe

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Potter and Sue Smith will be with me and lending their expertise

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throughout the tournament. Now let's bring you up to speed with

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how the tournament works. There are If England top their group, they

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would be likely to avoid Germany in the quarter finals. We're with

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England all the way on the red button for their matches. Let's get

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on with the action from Wolfsburg. Your commentators are Lucy Ward and

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Guy Mowbray. Hard to believe it's nearly four

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years since we followed England's roller coaster ride to the quarter

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finals in China. That was a fantastic World Cup and from what

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we've seen in Germany so far, a wonderful opening day yesterday,

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this one might yet surpass it. Massive interest, marvellous

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stadiums, we're hopeful too that England can go at least one better.

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Semi-finals has to be the aim, then who knows, one thing's for certain,

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there has never been an England women's team better prepared or

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more ready than this one. Let's more ready than this one. Let's

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 71 seconds

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Dominguez has been leading the line wars in her career. She has worked

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so hard to be back in contention for a place at this World Cup and

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ultimately to lead the team out in that the bulk of the neutral

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support has gone to Mexico. I guess we can expect that in Germany.

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Are you surprised at her inclusion, we thought Ellen White might start?

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Annie plays in the States. She gets tremendous experience playing at

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the pro level. I think Hope's thought, let me put in the players

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used to big games, used to tournament football. It's a tough

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group. Tougher than people suggest, any way.

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England aren't even the seeds in this group. That honour has gone to

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Japan, who are ranked fourth in the world. I think that will help

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England. The spotlight is not on them. We're expecting them to go

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through, but because they're not seeded, the spotlight is often off

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see there why Faye White is so important and her experience is

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unbelievable in terms of how she deal was a player's experience of

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Dominguez. She stood her ground and made sure she didn't get a clear

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foirs have played in a men's World Cup and then coached in a women's.

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Played for Mexico in 1978. They there. They're a small team. We

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have quite a few players above 5'10" in the England team. She's a

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bit concerned there, but I think some magic from somewhere. That was

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not far away. Kelly Smith with her first shot of the 2011 World Cup. A

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really good try. She had the keeper worried. She scrambled across. Not

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on target, but the first of many I would suspect. It's going to be

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difficult for England not to get frustrated here. Mexico is putting

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 71 seconds

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a lot of bodies behind the ball, Kelly Smith had space in front of

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her, but just too much on it. Good approach play by England. I can see

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a few nerves out there, but they her first effort. She will be a bit

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trying to do then. Aluko was screamling, she does scream for the

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ball. She saw the sight of goal and running at the 2011 World Cup. It's

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Fara Williams with goal number one for England. Brilliant. What an

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excellent corner. Fara's not known for her headers. I don't know where

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the keeper was. Great finishing. Great time to score for England.

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She just got the loop in it. I don't know what the keeper was

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doing. I think Rachel Yankey went across the keeper. She got a bit of

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a touch as well. If you're 5'2" you're not going to get near that

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with your head. The keeper didn't react aat all. It was a cracking

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corner from Karen Carney. Williams got in front of Lydia Nayeli Rangel

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and force another goal. That's what Santiago was wise to it. She did

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well with the corner and I don't think Yankey meant to put everybody

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behind surprise. That's better goal After two years in the States.

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can really see the difference in Karen Carney after playing in the

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States. Fara Williams on target. The more she does that in a game,

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the closer she'll get to scoring, their World Cup campaign off to a

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winning start today. That was a good try. Super goal. Mexico are

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level, and it's a brilliant strike from Monica Ocampo. From England's

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point of view, Karen Bardsley will not want to see that again. She did

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not get to it. It was a good strike, she should have been able to stop

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it from going in. It was an excellent shot, though. She needed

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to be able to get to that, it was long enough in the air. It has to

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be saved. It was just a speculative effort, really, from Ocampo. The

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goalkeeper actually got there. The first thing really the England

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keeper has had to do in the game and she hasn't done it very well.

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This is a test now for Karen Bardsley. At this level, you can't

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make mistakes like that. And that was an effort from Aluko. Salmon

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Santiago new way which one that was going. She just could not wrap her

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foot around it to get it in the There's nothing like a goal to gee

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your team up, and that is what has happened. England made a meal of

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clearing that one. It was interesting, the Mexican, Garza,

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did not even hesitate before shooting. They have seen

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nervousness in the England keeper. Gabbling I still look at England

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and think that they're more capable of scoring. Kelly Smith took a

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knock and son. Wherein to time it minutes. It started so brightly for

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England, thanks to the headed goal from Fara Williams. Then it was a

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shot from right out of the blue from Monica Ocampo, and the England

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keeper could have done better. There's plenty of youthful

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enthusiasm and pace on the bench for England. Williams got that one

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wrong. Cut out by Ocampo. On the like handball from Jill Scott,

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ended his. Great position for that when you're about one metre

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England. It was hit by Dominguez. That was a good strike. She chose

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stays like this what Hope Powell decides to do in terms of

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substitutions. She has got Jess Clarke on the bench, there's a lot

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of strength on the bench. The ball comes in from Rachel Yankey, and

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Aluko could not make contact. It just needed a touch. England so

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close to retaking the lead. We know Kelly Smith is a good player, we

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need to see it a bit more. Aluko went for goal. You would expect

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that of a strike. But it wasn't a Stoney coming to the rescue for

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England. Brilliant, Casey Stoney. She just defends well, she does

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what she is there to do. She puts there. Nothing will come of it.

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is a difficult one to give, but there was definitely a clash.

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has been enthralling, but not entirely comfortable for England

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back pass. It was all very tight. Mexico pressing now. It just

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creates the jitters are a little bit. Alex Scott is an extremely

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experienced player, in a normal game, she probably would have

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always going over. And she has looked a very useful number 10,

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position, but she has not made the most of it. Chances like that in

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big World Cup games have to be taken. Yes, I really thought Kelly

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Smith was going to go for it herself, but she was unselfish.

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Eniola Aluko just did not get a stoppage time to find a winner.

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That was a good ball in from Rachel Unitt, that was the first time she

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had got that far forward in the Garciamendez? The referee's far too

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laid back to be giving yellow cards for that. You're right, it has been

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attack. The keeper got there, didn't think she was going to for a

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minute. Good goalkeeping. She did extremely well under pressure.

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Kelly Smith, a moment of magic Right across the face of, from

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Ellen White. Now, Eniola Aluko. Ellen White did extremely well on

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the right home side, but she's the goes past the defender easily.

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Yankey was in support, and White is brought down. That had to be a free

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kick. It is the first yellow card of the match, and the recipient is

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Garciamendez. Great feet, she wasn't bothered. I did not think

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she was going to give that, the referee. This is a really good

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opportunity for England. Set pieces are important, and England have

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been practising these. This is the time to deliver. Kelly Smith has

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pulled rank. This is all about England's record goalscorer. Can

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she add to her 43 goals for her country? It was always clearing the

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a bit of time left. A few nice touches, but it has not quite been

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heard game today. Another card here. That's the first mistake: has made

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in this game. She chose to step over the ball, and she ended up

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losing it. She had to do something about it, and she ended up fouling.

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No question about that one. Mexico have got themselves in a good

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position here. The substitute, Lopez, has her eye on goal. But the

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shot came in from Ocampo, and that Lopez. That was better. Yankey to

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Williams. That was a miskick, just when England needed a good ball out

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to Alex Scott. Alex Scott now struggling to get back. The effort

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came in from Noyola, but it was blocked. And Mexico might get the

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last good chance of the game. the England players looked tired,

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but it was an excellent block by Ocampo. Come into the box... It was

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missed by Garciamendez, and Mayor heard the shot. Good block by Ellen

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White, centre forward, playing centre-back. Yes, that's how you do

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not concede. Well done, Ellen White. Mexico in no great hurry, it tells

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you want to one will do them quite nicely. -- 1-1. The longer this

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half has gone on, Mexico have noticed the tiredness of England.

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It is all over in Wolfsburg, and England start their 2011 World Cup

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campaign with a draw. It was a game they had targeted to win. But they

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will have to be content with just one point. Fara Williams's face

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tells the story. The Mexico goal came out of the blue. Your thoughts,

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Lucy Ward? England will be disappointed, but I think Mexico

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could cause problems to other teams in the group, so it is going to go

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right to the last game. But they have got a point. I don't think the

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girls will be particularly pleased Another World Cup, it's always

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enthralling, but never that easy. This is what it means to Group B.

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This is what it means to Group B. Japan beat New Zealand earlier

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This group is wide-open. Japan were the favourites in terms of seeding.

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England would have expected to be in control of this match more than

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they were today, and therefore go into the second match with a win.

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It changes the complexion of the group. We're into that come on

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England, you've got to get a win against New Zealand. Yeah I think

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so. They'll be nervous now. They so. They'll be nervous now. They

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expected to probably win this game. Even though we said Mexico are an

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unknown team. They haven't played them too many times. They struggled

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at times, England. Perhaps we should have read a bit more into

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the defeat by Australia last week. England lost 2-0. Mexico scored two

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goals against them. They've hit their form quicker. They've

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probably hit their form at the right time. It's a bit of an

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unknown quantity. England would have expected to get a result today

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and would be very disappointed not to, but I think the Mexicans can

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take massive amount of confidence from that game. They're going to

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shape this group in many ways. Let's have a look at the good, the

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bad an the ugly. Fara Williams was the good. She must have thought

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with her form and this goal, it was going to be plain sailing.

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started off very well. This was just, this is Fara, getting in on

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the edge of the box and late runs. She did really well to steer that

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into the top corner. It's typical Fara. A great start for England.

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All the way through the first half, she got on the ball and made things

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happen. Second half, Mexico tried to stifle that. They did that

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pretty well. If the first half, England in control, Fara Williams

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goal, looking good. England pressing, attacking, with the

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positivity. Then Ocampo pops up with a longer range shot. Suddenly

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it's all change. It was all England, majority of the possession. Then

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the Mexico goal comes from nothing really. Ocampo picks it up on the

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left. She comes inside and has a great shot with her right foot. I

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think she's actually left footed. To take on this shot with such

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confidence, I mean, it just goes to show the ability of the Mexicans.

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When you see it from that angle, you feel for Bardsley. At that

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point she'd hardly been tested. At halftime you felt she could have

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been better. That's when concentration comes in. 30 minutes

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of not doing much. You have to stay concentrated for the whole 45

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minutes, 90 minutes. I know she'll reassess and focus for the next

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game. Peruvian referee was rather kind to England perhaps on two

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different occasions. In the first half, it was White and Dominguez.

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When we looked at it closely, White lucky. Yeah, very lucky. She does

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well to get back and recover. As she dives in there, Dominguez lifts

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the ball over her leg. We're very lucky not to concede a penalty

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there. Initially Initially we thought what a great challenge.

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Dominguez does a nice flick over Faye's legs. Mexico will not be

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happy they didn't get a penalty. This is more blatant than the Faye

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White one. We're very lucky here... Unitt taking out Garciamendez there.

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Garciamendez gets a yellow later on. She got nothing from that. She must

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feel agrieved. That's a penalty for me. Dominguez had a great free kick

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early on in the second half. Let's have a look. This player scored in

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the World Cup in '99 for Mexico. She has a wealth of experience and

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This is a play they're looking to. She's experienced. It shows the

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confidence. It was the first runner. Definitely. That's Ocampo with the

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free kick, who you mentioned a minute ago, from the second half.

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We have seen her score with her right foot. She's talented.

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initially thought she was right footed. She scored with the right

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foot and takes it with her left foot there. Definitely talented and

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two footed. Great effort on goal. We talked about whether or not

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Aluko was lucky to start. Ellen White had been fancied by many. She

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did start. In the second half, really good chances fell to her and

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it looked like it wasn't her game today. Yeah, she's another player

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who will be disappointed today, especially second half. She does

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really well to get into positions. She's got fantastic opportunities.

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Creating again there. Rachel Yankey didn't get on the ball too much,

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but that was a lovely cross. It's like she took her eye off the ball

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at the last minute. She might have thought she'd scored before she hit

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the ball. She was thinking of a celebration I think. I'm sure she

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was. Kelly creating. She picks it up in the middle of the park.

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was not on a plate, but it's the lack of power. It sits up really

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well for her there. She was pretty fatigued coming into the end of the

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game. This is the third attempt. Initially the build up play was

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really G she does a step over here to Kelly, gets it, nice little ball.

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It's just that final shot. Just the end product, weren't there for them.

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Mexico's confidence building throughout the half. Casey Stoney

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with fantastic blocks. She saved Glenn's bacon more than once today.

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Yes she did. She made just one mistake and got booked for it. All

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day she was blocking shots and putting her body on the line. We

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thought she had a great game today. Ellen White who came on to score

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England's winner, ended up being the player who saved us in the last

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minute of the game. Yeah, I've played with Ellen at Leeds. This is

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what she will do. She will put her head on the line. It doesn't matter

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if she's scoring a goal or defending a goal. Here she gets

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whacked in the face, but she saved England's bacon. Do you think

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she'll earn a place in the starting line-up? She'll be pushing hard for

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a place. She came on and proved herself. She works hard. She

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created a free kick at the end of the game. Let's get reaction now

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from the England camp. Kelly, a point in the opening game isn't too

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bad. But are you disappointed not to take three? We wanted to open

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the group with three points on the table, but it wasn't meant to be.

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We're grateful to get a point. We didn't lose the game, which is the

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most important thing. That goal for Mexico came at a time when it

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seemed you were in control of the game? Yeah, we were pushing for the

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second goal and Ocampo pulls one out of the bag from a lang distance.

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It was a great strike. We're a bit disappointed. We move on now. That

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game's in the past. We have New Zealand now. Are the players

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frustrated by that performance? bit disappointed. In the first half,

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we had quite a lot of the ball and going 1-0 up. We knew they would do

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long shuts and we should have got to it quicker. They're a good side,

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so I think coming off a point is a good thing. Was it quite a warm

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occasion? As you can tell! It's been raining ought week and the one

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day we play, it's roasting hot. It's quite hot and difficult. But

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no excuses. You have to deal with it and play the game. We didn't get

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the win, but we carry on now. Zealand next, that's a must-win

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game. Yeah definitely. We have to go into that game with three points.

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If we get one point, we have a third game to get three on. We'll

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be concentrated on between now and the New Zealand game. Are you

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satisfied with that performance? I'm glad we didn't lose. That's the

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main thing. If I look at the possession, we probably had more of

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the possession, but a great strike from them brought them back into

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the game. I think we'll be disappointed we didn't win the game,

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but pleased we didn't lose it. Some work to do. We go again for the

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next one. Could we have done better with the opening goal? Really we

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would have expected her to save that. She's bitterly disappointed.

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As I said, that brought them straight back into the game. Up

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until that point we dominated, but it is all about scoring goals. One

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apiece we go with the points. Powell, Sue, really honest, just

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glad we didn't lose. There were last gasp saves, blocks, chances

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for Mexico. One point on reflection, good. On reflection she's probably

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thought job done. We have one point. We'll move on and hopefully

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progress. It changes the complexion of the group somewhat. It gives the

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sense that England have to get a win against New Zealand. It does.

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They would have wanted three points from this game to go into the New

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Zealand game more comfortable. But now they have to go into the New

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Zealand game winning all three points. Still as confident?

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Definitely. It's never an easy ride watching England. Check out the

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website. We have regular tournament updates for you. On Friday, England

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play New Zealand, a crucial match now. We'll be on the red button

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from 5pm and on BBC Two with highlights at 11.55pm. England with

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Gabby Logan introduces highlights of the Fifa Women's World Cup, as England play their opening group game against Mexico in Wolfsburg. Hope Powell's side will begin as one of the favourites for the tournament, having reached the European Championship final in 2009, when they were beaten by Germany. Mexico will have a point to prove - they have qualified for the World Cup for only the second time in their history. They will hope to fare better than in 1999, when they lost all three of their group games, conceding a total of 15 goals. Gabby is joined in the studio by Martin Keown and Jo Potter. Commentary from Guy Mowbray and Lucy Ward.


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