NZ draws 2-2 with Mexico in Women’s World Cup

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

on Tuesday.

Wilkinson scored in the fourth minute of injury time, after

Smith pulled one back in the 90th, to deny Mexico its first ever

win at the World Cup.

Stephany Mayor gave Mexico the perfect start when she scored in

the second 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 last eight, but England’s 2-0 win in the other Group B game

eliminated Mexico.

New Zealand – already out of contention – made a sloppy start at

Rhein-Neckar-Arena, losing the ball in midfield, and Dominguez

needed no further invitation to slip a perfect pass for Mayor to

give Mexico the perfect 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 with a long-range effort

in the 41st, before Anna Green’s 30-meter (yard) free kick was

easily stopped by goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago.

Spurred by pride, New Zealand improved in the second half and

deservedly pulled one back when Smith scored from a corner. It

looked like being no more than a late consolation until Riley

crossed for Wilkinson’s dramatic equalizer.

Lineups:

New Zealand: Jenny Bindon, Anna Green, Abby Erceg, Rebecca

Smith, Ali Riley, Betsy Hassett (Ria Percival, 79), Katie Hoyle,

Hayley Moorwood (Kirsty Yallop, 60), Amber Hearn, Rosie White

(Hannah Wilkinson, 55), Sarah Gregorius.

Mexico: Cecilia Santiago, Natalie Vinti, Alina Garciamendez,

Natalie Garcia, Kenti Robles (Luz Del Rosario Saucedo, 81), Nayeli

Rangel (Dinora Garza, 46), Guadalupe Worbis, Monica Ocampo,

Veronica Perez, Stephany Mayor (Charlyn Corral, 70), Maribel

Dominguez.

Referee: Jenny Palmqvist, Sweden.