By Alan Duffy
After seeing France downed by Colombia in a shock defeat in Moncton, England produced a fine display to see off Mexico in a 2-1 victory.
England boss Mark Sampson brought in Reading’s WSL 2 striker Fran Kirby and Manchester City’s Toni Duggan to spearhead a far more attack-minded side than the team who lost to France.
The Lionesses started well, with Chelsea forward Eni Aluko hitting the crossbar.
However, England could’ve found themselves a goal down after a poor goal-kick from Karen Bardsley lead to a chance for Renae Cuellar, only for Man City ‘keeper Bardsley to save the Mexican’s shot.
England were far better in the second-half, with subs Alex Greenwood and Karen Carney adding a much-needed creativity.
With 20 minutes left, the goal eventually came, with Kirby dancing her way through the Mexican backline before toe-poking past Cecilia Santiago.
12 minutes later, the superb Carney (who really should’ve started the game) headed home a second from a fine Greenwood centre to seal the deal for the English.
A late goal from sub Fabiola after another error from the shaky Bardsley set up a nervy ending. However, the Lionesses held on to secure a vital victory.
England are now in second place in Group F, albeit with a tricky clash with surprise package Colombia still to come.
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