2 Jul 2011

Football Ferns hope for win over Mexicans

3:55 pm on 2 July 2011

The New Zealand women's football team may have bowed out of World Cup contention in Germany after a second straight loss, but the Football Ferns can hold their heads high.

They went 1-0 up over England in the 18th minute in Dresden through striker Sarah Gregorious before conceding a towering header from Jill Scott another goal late in the second half to Jess Clarke, losing 2-1.

But the Ferns again rattled a much higher-ranked team, also scoring in their opening loss by the same score to Japan.

Ferns fullback Ali Riley's looking ahead and wants to finish their Cup campaign on a high with a win over the group leaders Mexico.

Australia are adamant they aren't feeling any extra pressure as they prepare for their must-win Women's World Cup match against Equatorial Guinea in Germany on Sunday.

Known as the Matildas, the Australians lost their first game 1-0 to Brazil to fall three points behind the South American powerhouse and Norway, who meet in Sunday's other group D clash.

Norway needed a late goal to eke out a 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea, who Australia will play in Bochum.