On the fifth day of the 2010 FIFA Women' s U-20 World Cup, USA faced Switzerland in Group D while Mexico played England in Group C.
The Americans routed the Swiss 5-0 with a ruthless attacking display. First, Krystie Mewis fired in a long-range shot that hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced straight down over the goal line. It was very similar to Frank Lampard's effort against the Germans, but in this case the goal was given correctly. Sydney Leroux and Zakiya Bywaters scored goals for the USA in the first half, and then Leroux completed her hat-trick with goals scored in identical fashion. She took the ball from just inside the Swiss half, sprinted past the trailing Swiss defenders, rounded the goalkeeper, and then finished from an acute angle. Her second goal was the prettiest of the three because of the speed at which she was running and the angle from which she had to shoot. A sensational goal!
Mexico defeated England 1-0 in a very closely-fought match. England had the bulk of the scoring opportunities but Mexico scored on one of their few forays downfield in the second half. Charlyn Corral found Renae Cuellar superbly on the left side of the penalty box, and she converted clinically to open the scoring. Cuellar had another chance to kill the game off when she came in alone on the England keeper, but her shot went wide. An even better opportunity occurred on the opposite end when a failed clearance by a Mexican defender put in England's Jade Moore directly in front of goal, but her shot collided off Cecilia Santiago's body and over the bar! I'm struck by how remarkably clean the match was -- just 12 fouls total, and no yellow or red cards.
So now USA and Mexico have four points going into their final group matches next week. In Group C, Mexico will play Nigeria while England play Japan. Mexico need just a point from their final game to advance, but a loss will put them at risk of being eliminated on goal difference or goals scored (goal difference the more likely tiebreaker). In Group D, the equation is much simpler. USA will play group leaders South Korea in the final match and Ghana play Switzerland. Just about every scenario favors the USA, unless South Korea win, Ghana win, and the combined margin of victory is 7 goals or more. Not very likely in my opinion.