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FIFA Women’s World Cup: France pounces on Mexico

Marie Delie scored off a header 34┬áseconds in, the second-fastest goal in the history of the Women’s World Cup, and France routed Mexico 5-0 Wednesday night to win Group F on goal difference over England.

Coming off a 2-0 loss to Colombia, France (2-1) scored three times in the first 13 minutes. The only Women’s World Cup goal faster than Delie’s following the opening kickoff was by Sweden’s Lena Videkull against Japan in 1991.

Jennifer Ruiz had an own goal in the ninth minute, and Eugenie Le Sommer made it 3-0 with a mid-air toe tap. Le Sommer added her second goal in the 36th, and Amandine Henry got the final goal in the 80th.

France will play the second-place team from Group E on Sunday in the round of 16.

Mexico (0-2-1) finished last in the group. Las Tri are 0-6-3 in three World Cup appearances and have been outscored 30-6.

England gets the job done

England punished some poor defending by Colombia to secure a fairly comfortable 2-1 win in their women’s World Cup Group F game in Montreal and set up a clash with Norway in the next round.

England finished in second place on six points, behind France on goal difference, and will play Norway in Ottawa on June 22. Colombia have four points and could still qualify as one of the four best third-placed teams.

England, ranked sixth in the world, took the lead in the 15th minute when Colombian goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda fumbled a free kick and midfielder Karen Carney drilled the ball home from a tight angle.

Colombia’s inability to deal with set pieces hurt them again later in the first half when Carolina Arias handled in the box after a free kick. Fara Williams easily scored from the penalty spot in the 38th minute.

The South Americans adopted a more attacking stance in the second half but only managed to find a goal in the last minute of stoppage time when Lady Andrade lobbed the ball over keeper Karen Bardsley.

England, ranked sixth, have reached the quarter final of the World Cup three times, most recently in 2007 and 2011. Colombia have only qualified for the tournament once, in 2011, when they failed to make it out of the group stage.

Brazil sends Costa Rica packing

Raquel Fernandes scored in the 83rd minute and Brazil eliminated Costa Rica from the Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 win on in Moncton, N.B.

The Costa Ricans needed a result against Brazil, who had already clinched the top spot in Group E after a pair of wins. But Fernandes beat Dinnia Diaz and the Ticos were denied a spot in the round of 16.

Costa Rica had been the lone World Cup newcomer without a loss prior to Wednesday’s defeat. But the Brazilians controlled 64 percent of the possessions and outshot the Central American debutants 20-3.

Brazil, which advanced without allowing a goal, will face Australia on Sunday, also in Moncton.

South Korea capitalizes on mistake

South Korea benefited from a terrible late error by Spanish goalkeeper Ainhoa Tirapu to grab a 2-1 win in their women’s World Cup Group E game and secure a second round game against France.

Tirapu somehow allowed a looping cross from defender Kim Soo-yun to sail over her head and into the net in the 78th minute, ensuring South Korea qualified in second place with four points. Leaders Brazil won all their three games.

The win means South Korea have made it out of the group stage at the World Cup for the first time. They were eliminated at the first hurdle in their only other appearance in 2003.

The Asian side, who started the day in bottom place, fell behind in the first half but tied the game in the 53rd minute when Cho So-hyun planted a header into the net from close range.

Veronica Boquete opening the scoring for Spain in the 29th minute, neatly converting a left-wing cross from 12 yards out.

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