Mexico 2, New Zealand 2
Last-gasp goals from Hannah Wilkinson and captain Rebecca Smith
earned New Zealand a 2-2 draw with Mexico at the Women’s World Cup
Wilkinson scored in the fourth minute of injury time, after
Smith connected in the 90th, to deny Mexico its first win at a
World Cup. But both teams were eliminated from advancing.
Stephany Mayor gave Mexico the perfect start when she scored in
the 2nd minute, and Maribel Dominguez made it 2-0 in the 29th.
Mexico needed a high-scoring win and a favor from Japan to make
the quarterfinals, but England’s 2-0 win in the other Group B game
New Zealand, already out of contention, made a sloppy start at
Rhein-Neckar-Arena, losing the ball in midfield. Dominguez needed
no further invitation to slip a precise pass for Mayor to give
Mexico the quick start.
Dominguez, the Mexico captain, ran on to a pass from Veronica
Perez before curling a wonderful strike past the helpless Jenny
Bindon in goal for Mexico’s second.
New Zealand looked short of ideas going forward and rarely
troubled the Mexican defense.
New Zealand’s Ali Riley earned a corner kick with a long-range
effort in the 41st, before Anna Green’s 30-yard free kick was
easily stopped by goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago.
The Kiwis improved in the second half and deservedly pulled one
back when Smith scored off a corner. It looked like no more than a
late consolation prize until Riley crossed for Wilkinson’s dramatic