Category Archives: Women’s World Cup

Lucila Venegas to Referee Japan vs the Netherlands

womens world cupThe Mexican women’s national team may have been eliminated, but there are still four Mexicans participating in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup as referees and assistants. Three of them will be in action this Tuesday as Japan and the Netherlands face off in the final game of the round of sixteen.

Referee Lucila Venegas will take charge of a Japan match for the second time this tournament after she oversaw their group stage game against Switzerland (a 1-0 victory for Japan). This will be her fourth assignment of the tournament and her third as the center referee.

She will be assisted by her countrywomen Mayte Chávez and Enedina Caudillo for the second time, with Claudio Umpierrez of Uruguay serving as the fourth official.

Where to watch: Japan vs the Netherlands – Tuesday, June 23rd – 9:30 PM – Fox Sports 1 / Online

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Another Failure for Mexico and Leonardo Cuellar

el triEditor’s note: Originally published in June 2015 after Mexico failed to advance out of their group in the Women’s World Cup, the women’s program under Leonardo Cuellar has added another failure to their collection of them after not getting past the group stage in CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying in February 2016. 

 Leonardo Cuellar has enjoyed enviable job stability in one of the world’s least stable professions, that of a professional soccer coach. Cuellar has been the head coach of the Mexican women’s national team since 1998: 17 years. But after Mexico bowed out of the 2015 Women’s World Cup after being thrashed by France, one can’t help but wonder why Cuellar has been in charge for so many years with so little to show for it. Continue reading

WWC: Mexico vs France – Recap and Highlights

womens world cupMexico 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.

Highlights

Lineups

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

# Team W D L GF GA GD Points
1 France 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6
2 England 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
3 Colombia 1 1 1 4 3 -1 4
4 Mexico 0 1 2 2 8 -6 1

WWC: Mexico vs France – Where to Watch

womens world cupMexico is on the verge of elimination from the Women’s World Cup; to stay alive in the competition, they’ll need to do something they have never managed before at this level: win. Standing in their way is France, who are currently ranked third in the world.

The French are not assured of a spot in the knockout rounds, though, after they were upset by Colombia in their second group stage game. A win would guarantee them a spot in the round of sixteen, while a draw could also be enough, depending on other results.

Women’s World Cup – Group Stage
Wednesday, June 17
Mexico vs France – 4:00 PM – Fox / Telemundo / Online

Lucila Venegas to Referee Australia v Sweden

womens world cupMexican referee Lucila Venegas has her third assignment of the Women’s World Cup, and she will be returning to the center of the field in this crucial Group D clash. After overseeing a Group C game between Japan and Switzerland, Venegas was the fourth official for the Group A match between China and the Netherlands.

Now, with her countrywomen Mayte Chavez and Enedina Caudillo running the lines, Venegas will take charge of a critical Group D game, the final game of the group stage for both teams. Tupou Patia of the Cook Islands will be the fourth official.

Australia and Sweden are both still in the running for a spot in the knockout rounds, and neither one has yet guaranteed their place in the round of sixteen. Australia will likely go through with a draw, but Sweden almost certainly needs to win.

Where to Watch: Australia vs Sweden – Tuesday, June 16th – 8:00 PM – Fox Sports 1 / NBC Universo / Online

Quetzalli Alvarado Named Fourth Official for Ecuador/Japan

womens world cupMexican referee Quetzalli Alvarado has her third assignment in the Women’s World Cup, and once again she will be serving as the fourth official. Alvarado was previously the center referee in the Group A match between New Zealand and the Netherlands and the fourth official in the Group D match between Australia and Nigeria.

Now she will see two Group C teams in action when Ecuador takes on Japan in the final group stage match for both teams this Tuesday. The center referee will be Melissa Borjas of Honduras, with Yolanda Parga of Spain and Manuela Nicolosi of France as the assistants.

Where to Watch: Ecuador vs Japan – Tuesday, June 16th – 5:00 PM – Fox Sports 1 / Online

WWC: England vs Mexico – Recap and Highlights

womens world cupMexico is still looking for their first win in a Women’s World Cup, and their hopes of advancing to the round of sixteen were severely diminished by a 2-1 loss to England. Mexico is currently last in Group F and needs a win in their final game, against France on Wednesday, to stay alive in the competition.

Meanwhile, the win breathes new life into the Three Lionesses, who had lost their opening game but now sit second in the group. It was a game that left the drama late, with all three goals coming after the 70th minute.

With both teams in need of points, this match turned out to be a close and hard-fought affair. England had more chances in the first half, with Fran Kirby, Toni Duggan and Eniola Aluko all threatening, and Aluko notably hitting the crossbar. “El Tri” didn’t have many chances, but were dangerous on set pieces; Mónica Ocampo nearly scored an olímpico, but goalkeeper Karen Bardsley pushed the corner onto the crossbar.

The game sprang to life in the final 20 minutes, when Kirby got a half-chance on the edge of the box and took full advantage, making it 1-0 in favor of England with their first goal of the competition. Eleven minutes after that, Karen Carney looked to put the game to bed when she headed home a cross from Alex Greenwood to make it 2-0.

With just eight minutes remaining in the game, Mexico had little time to react, but they kept fighting until the final whistle and managed to pull a goal back in stoppage time. Bardsley couldn’t hang on to a shot from Charlyn Corral, and Fabiola Ibarra was on hand to bury the loose ball. That goal could prove to be important should Mexico win their final game, as goal difference is the first tiebreaker if two or more teams finish level on points.

Highlights

Lineups

England: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze (Alex Scott 84′), Steph Houghthon, Laura Bassett, Claire Rafferty (Alex Greenwood 52′), Jill Scott (Karen Carney 66′), Fara Williams, Jade Moore, Toni Duggan, Fran Kirby, Eniola Aluko.

Mexico: Cecilia Santiago, Kenti Robles, Bianca Sierra (Valeria Miranda 46′), Alicia Garcíamendez, Jennifer Ruíz, Nayeli Rangel, Mónica Ocampo (Fabiola Ibarra 88′), Stephany Mayor, Verónica Pérez, Charlyn Corral, Renae Cuellar (María Sánchez 76′). 

Group Standings – Group F

# Team W D L GF GA GD Points
1 Colombia 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4
2 England 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
3 France 1 0 1 1 2 -1 3
4 Mexico 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1

WWC: England vs Mexico – Where to Watch

womens world cupMexico is still looking for their first win in a Women’s World Cup after they allowed a late equalizer against Colombia this past Tuesday. England, meanwhile, has advanced to the quarterfinals in all three of their previous appearances in this competition. However, the Three Lionesses are in an uncomfortable position in Group F after they lost their opening game to France, and Mexico will look to add to their misery here.

A win for Mexico would all-but-qualify them for the knockout rounds, while a second loss would virtually eliminate England, and might mathematically eliminate them depending on other results.

El Tri hasn’t won any of their previous seven games in this competition, but they’ll hope this one proves to be their elusive first victory.

Women’s World Cup – Group Stage
Saturday, June 13
England vs Mexico – 4:00 PM – Fox / Telemundo / Online

Quetzalli Alvarado Named Fourth Official for Australia/Nigeria

womens world cupMexican referee Quetzalli Alvarado has her second assignment in the Women’s World Cup, and this time she will be serving as the fourth official. Alvarado was previously the center referee in the Group A match between New Zealand and the Netherlands on opening day.

Now she will see two Group D teams in action when Australia takes on Nigeria this Friday. Stephanie Frappart of France is the center ref, with Manuela Nicolosi of France and Yolanda Parga of Spain as the assistants.

Where to Watch: Australia vs Nigeria – Friday, June 12th – 5:00 PM – Fox Sports 1 / Online

Lucila Venegas Named Fourth Official for China/Netherlands

womens world cupMexican referee Lucila Venegas already has her second assignment for the Women’s World Cup, and this time she will be serving as the fourth official. Venegas was the center referee earlier this week for Japan vs Switzerland in Group C.

Now she will see two Group A teams in action when China takes on the Netherlands. Yeimy Martínez of Colombia is the center ref, with Janette Arcanjo of Brazil and Liliana Bejarano of Bolivia the assistants.

Where to Watch: China vs the Netherlands – Thursday, June 11 – 6:00 PM – Fox Sports 2 / Online