Mexico suffered a 5-0 loss to France in their final group stage game, which will also be their final game of the 2015 Women’s World Cup. After nine games over three World Cups, the Mexican women’s national team still has yet to win a game at this level. As for France, the #3-ranked team in the world advanced to the round of sixteen with the win.
The French got off to the best possible start when Marie Laure Delie scored the second-fastest goal in the history of the Women’s World Cup just 35 seconds into the match. It was all downhill from there from Mexico’s perspective as France quickly added two more.
The unfortunate Jennifer Ruíz turned the ball into her own net in the 9th minute when a cross hit her leg and redirected past goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago to give France the 2-0 lead, and then Eugenie Le Sommer finished off a great build-up in the 15th minute to put the match far out of Mexico’s reach.
France, who were looking to finish first in the group, ran the score up even further before halftime. A shot from Delie hit her teammate Le Sommer and went in, with the goal being officially credited to Le Sommer despite her efforts to get out of the way of Delie’s shot.
France continued to dominate after the break, although they took their foot off the gas in terms of goals. Mexico managed only a few hints of a threatening attack, with Verónica Pérez coming closest with a long-range shot that ended up off target.
As time ran down, Amandine Henry added a fifth to finish off the thrashing, with a beautiful strike from 25 yards out that will surely be a contender for goal of the tournament.
With the victory, France tops the group and advances to the round of sixteen, while Mexico remains in fourth and is eliminated.
Mexico: Cecilia Santiago, Kenti Robles, Alicia Garcíamendez, Greta Espinosa, Nayeli Rangel (Christina Murillo 83′), Jennifer Ruíz, Stephany Mayor (Arianna Romero 46′), Valeria Miranda, Mónica Ocampo, Charlyn Corral (Renae Cuellar 46′), Verónica Pérez.
France: Sarah Bouhaddi, Jessica Houara, Laura Georges, Wendie Renard, Laure Boulleau (Sabrina Delannoy 77′), Elodie Thomis, Amandine Henry, Camille Abily (Elise Bussalgia 69′), Amel Majri, Eugenie Le Sommer (Gaetane Thiney 62′), Marie Laure Delie.
Group Standings – Group F