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Second half storm sends England through
 Women's Football England International News - 14 Aug 2018
A splurge of six second half goals and an emphatic display from England ensured a 6-1 victory over Mexico and qualification to the quarter finals of the FIFA Women's U20 World Cup.
England had trailed going into the second half thanks to a wonder strike from Jacqueline Ovalle, eight minutes before the half time whistle and with Korea DPR leading Brazil 1-0 at half time in their match, were in grave danger of going out of the tournament at that stage.
However, Mo Marley's side turned on the style and scored five goals in 23 minutes to cement their position at the top of Group B.
Mexico started the game with attacking intent, their slick passing and tireless pressing disrupting England in the opening exchanges.
As the half went on, England slowly grew in to the game with Manchester City's Lauren Hemp at the heart of it. Her driving runs were too hot for the Mexican defence but her efforts came to nothing.
Despite their growing confidence, Mexico's dominance proved too much and were rewarded with a stunning strike from their top scorer Ovalle.
The 18-year-old found space on the right hand side and curled a fantastic effort beyond the outstretched Sandy MacIver, for her fourth goal of the tournament.
But that proved to be the end of Mexican fiesta as the Young Lionesses came roaring out after the break.
England came close three minutes after the restart when Chloe Kelly's goalbound effort was inadvertently cleared off the line by Megan Finnigan following a goalmouth scramble.
They found the equaliser just a minute later, though, thanks to Alessia Russo. The University of North Carolina scholar latched on to Georgia Stanway's through ball before rounding the Mexican keeper.
Just two minutes later, England completed the turnaround. A loose header from a MacIver goal kick resulted in Kelly sneaking in behind the defence before dispatching her effort in off the post.
England were soon out of sight thanks to Hemp. Russo found Hemp unmarked on the edge of the are and the would-be player of the match coolly caressed a low effort into the bottom corner.
Stanway then further compounded Mexico's misery with a driving run from her own half from Kelly's pass before unleashing an unstoppable shot in off the post.
Hemp added her second of the game in the 68th minute, the striker was quickest to react to Kelly's parried strike, tucking the rebound beyond Emily Alvarado who should really have dealt better with the initial shot.
Hemp's hot streak was completed by scoring her third, although it is likely to be the most bizarre goal she has ever scored. Rounding the Mexico defenders before being taken down by Alvarado, Hemp fell on to the ball, which squirmed its way off her and into the net.
The result means England top Group B and progress alongside North Korea, with the Netherlands awaiting them in the quarter finals in Vannes on Friday after they were beaten 4-0 by hosts France in the group decider.
England: Sandy MacIver, Anna Patten, Maz Pacheco, Mollie Rouse, Grace Fisk, Megan Finnigan, Alessia Russo (sub Ali Johnson 81mins), Lauren Hemp, Georgia Stanway (sub Georgia Allen 71mins), Chloe Peplow (sub Niamh Charles 76mins), Chloe Kelly. Subs not used: Ellie Roebuck, Emily Ramsey, Esme Morgan, Rinsola Babajide, Taylor Hinds, Charlie Wellings, Zoe Cross.

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