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Mexico v England as it happened

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By Jessica Creighton

Full time
1850: And that's it. Mexico have earned their first ever point at a World Cup at the expense of England. This didn't go to plan for England, who need to top their group to stand the best chance of avoiding two-time champions and hosts Germany in the next round. If England had put away their chances in the first half this could have been so different. Powell may need to reassess her team's attacking options ahead of their next game against New Zealand on Friday 1 July. BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury will take you through that. For now, auf wiedersehn.

1848: If anyone looks like scoring now it's Mexico - they're on the front foot, pressing forward and winning corners. Where did it all go wrong for the Lionesses?

1845: Will the 3 minutes of added time be enough to save England from this poor World Cup opener?

1842: YELLOW CARD FOR GARCIAMENDEZ
Yellow card

1840: MEXICO SUBSTITUTION: Teresa Noyola (17) on for Garza (10)

1836: Less than ten minutes to go and Kelly Smith could have won it for England. Fantastic build-up play down the right produced a cross from Ellen White into the Mexico box but Smith is unable to connect. Just. England need to find some inspiration if they are to progress from this group.

1832: MEXICO SUBSTITUTION: Juana Lopez (7) on for Dominguez (9)

1830: England chief Powell looks to reinforce the troops with forward Ellen White as the clock ticks down. It's becoming increasingly frustrating from England. They need a goal and their desperation is beginning to show.

1826: ENGLAND SUBSTITUTION: Ellen White on for Carney

1822: Mexico number 9 Dominguez falls down with cramp and is stretchered off. Every player is at the sidelines guzzling their water supplies. It's a hot and sticky evening in Wolfsburg at 26 degrees Celsius.

BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan in Wolfsburg: "England still passive but signs their confidence is coming back."

1818: Could we about to see the first substitution of the game from England manager Powell? Ellen White is warming up on the sideline…

1812: A looping through ball from England star Smith finds the pacey Aluko who ignores the help of Carney to her left to hit a weak shot at the keeper. Immediately Mexico break back but Stoney clears the danger superbly. Mexico have certainly stepped up this half.

1809: England come painfully close to regaining the lead through Aluko just six yards out. But the 24-year-old takes a mistimed swipe at the ball as it trickles though her legs and Mexico clear the ball. BIG let-off for Mexico.

1801: We're underway again in Wolfsburg and it's a bright start from Mexico. Mayor drives the ball into the England box for a waiting Dominguez who was unable to connect. Jill Scott is pulled for handball as she tries to sweep the ball away. Dominguez hits the resulting freekick just wide. Collective sigh of relief.

From Glynnhill on Twitter: "Hope Powell for England Mens team manager. If she can get the men playing like the women we would be worldbeaters!!!"

1748: England will probably go into the break disappointed with that half. They were in the driving seat for much of the game with midfielders Smith and Williams dictating play and creating chances. Mexico's goal on 33 minutes changed all that to take the spring from England's step. The Lionesses will need to come out lively after the interval.

1745: HALFTIME Mexico 1-1 England

BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan in Wolfsburg: "England coach Hope Powell looks very frustrated and as well she might be. Game has turned on its head, England need to regroup."

1740: That equaliser has put England on the back foot a little. They no longer hold the lion's share of possession and their passing is not as crisp as it was. The players don't appear too concerned, though so no panic. England will need to bide their time.

MEXICO GOAL:
Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Dazzling strike from Monica Ocampo leaves England keeper Bardsley scrambling in her goal. From outside the area, the Atlanta Blue forward curled her shot into the top corner of England's net. England were in control. Now the Mexicans can smell goals.

1732: GOALFLASH Mexico 1-1 England (Ocampo)

ENGLAND GOAL:
Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
A fine looping header from Fara Williams gets England off to a perfect start in Wolfsburg. Carney's pin-point cross eluded the Mexican defence to reach Williams on the edge of the penalty box. Game on.

1720: GOALFLASH Mexico 0-1 England (Williams)

BBC analyst Lucy Ward: "It's going to be difficult for England not to get frustrated here because the Mexicans are defending deep and in numbers. England are going to have be patient."

1707: Kelly Smith gets England's shot counter off the mark. England's star player shoots from just outside the 18-yard box which goes wide. Great work-rate from winger Carney to deliver the ball into the danger area.

1705: Scramble in the England penalty box before captain Faye White clears from Dominguez's driving run. The 32-year-old is going to be one to watch in this match. But England are back on the ball and in control. Crisis averted.

1700: The anthems have been sung, shirts tucked in and shorts pulled up. The waiting is over as the ref blows her whistle. England have the majority of possession in the opening two minutes. Solid start.

1652: England v Mexico line-ups:
England:
Karen Bardsley, Alex Scott, Rachel Unitt, Faye White, Casey Stoney, Jill Scott, Fara Williams, Rachel Yankey, Kelly Smith, Karen Carney, Eni Aluko.
Subs: Rachel Brown, Jess Clarke, Ellen White, Sophie Bradley, Steph Houghton, Laura Bassett, Anita Asante, Dunia Susi, Claire Rafferty, Siobhan Chamberlain.
Mexico: Santiago, Sandoval, Garciamendez, Vinti, Saucedo, Worbis, Garza, Rangel, Dominguez, Ocampo, Mayor.
Subs: Vanegas Gonzalez, Robles, Garcia, Lopez, Mercado, Alvarado, Corral, Noyola, Perez, Tajonar.
Referee: Silvia Reyes (Peru).

BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan in Wolfsburg: "A minor surprise in Hope Powel's team selection. Eniola Aluko replaces Ellen White up front, while Karen Carney will play instead of Jess Clarke on the right wing. Reward for both their performances in England's final friendly before the World Cup against Sweden. I'm told they have impressed in training too."

1648: In other news, hosts Germany opened with a 2-1 win against Canada yesterday. If you're interested to know how important this World Cup is to the German population, 18 million of them tuned in to watch that game. Justifies the German Football Association's 20 million euro spend on promoting the tournament, then.

1645: The last time England went up against Mexico, they thrashed them 5-0. But that was back in 2005. The south American side have since beaten the world's top ranked team USA 2-1 since then. England will be expected to win but, as England manager Hope Powell says, they will giving Mexico the respect they deserve.

Five Live commentator Nigel Adderley: "More St George flags beginning to be unfurled in the Wolfsburg Arena now. Players will welcome the shadow creeping across the pitch."


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1630: A warm and sunshine-laden welcome from me, Jessica Creighton, from BBC Towers in London where I will be guiding you through every Cruyff turn, step-over and nutmeg as England battle Mexico in their opening group B game from the Women's World Cup in Germany. I would say get yourselves a cuppa but in this 29 degree Celsius heat, an ice lolly may be more appropriate.



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