Posted on August 26, 2012
KOBE, Japan — Mexico scored all of its goals of its 4-0 victory over New Zealand in the second half to qualify for the quarterfinals of the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup on Sunday.
El Tri finished second behind Japan in Group A and will play Group B winner Nigeria in Toyko on Thursday.
Sofia Huerta started the second-half onslaught with a goal in the 47th minute before Natalia Gomez gave the Mexicans some much-needed breathimg room in the 74th minute.
Then Yamile Franco and Olivia Jimenez struck in the 85th and 87th minutes, respectively.
“After our two first games, we knew that we could play better,” Mexico coach Leonardo Cuellar told FIFA.com. “It was a game to win or die, and we played it like we had to. In the first half, we didn’t provide any gifts, we were very serious, and in the second half, we had to give everything to win.
“I wasn’t surprised by the level of the team, but I’m happy to see that we improved game after game. Our preparation was not easy, and I think that we are starting to know our real level.”
Categories: Mexico, North America, Women, Youth
Tags: FIFA Under-20 women's World Cup, Leonardo Cuellar