Mexico seemed set for their maiden FIFA Women’s World Cup™ win only for Colombia’s Daniela Montoya to score a with a perfect late strike for a 1-1 draw in Moncton. A lone first-half goal from Veronica Perez had put El Tri on target for a first win in their seventh match at this level.
Mexico started brightly with good intensity and drive in awkward windy conditions in Moncton. Yet Colombia pushed their way back into contention showing the kind of trademark resilience that they had on display at Germany 2011.
Attacking outlet Yoreli Rincon broke clear and coolly finished only to be denied by the offside flag, while Lady Andrade glanced a header just wide. Mexico were constantly dangerous from set-pieces and it was a corner from Veronica Perez that brought about the goal with Colombia goalkeeper Stefany Castano only able to palm it onto the crossbar with the ball crossing the line, allowing the use of goal-line technology for the first time at the Women’s World Cup.
A similar moment in the second half from Colombia brought about a different outcome as Rincon curled a free-kick from the sideline which was tipped onto the far post by Cecilia Santiago. The match continued at good intensity though Mexico started to gain greater ascendency and they had several chances to extend their lead, notably through Renae Cuellar.
Then Montoya popped with eight minutes to unleash a perfect strike from just outside the penalty area which went in off the underside of the crossbar. There was still time for Mexico’s Charlyn Corral to bundle the ball over the line during injury time only for the goal to be chalked off due to an earlier infringement.
Live Your Goals Player of the Match: Nayeli Rangel (Mexico)