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Summary

  1. Win takes England to second in Group F
  2. Kirby pokes England ahead from 12 yards
  3. Sub Carney heads in to stretch lead
  4. Ibarra taps in after Bardsley spills shot
  5. French shocked by Colombia in early game
  6. Watch best moments via highlights tab

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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From Mini Messi to the Messi. Our Copa America

live coverage is in full swing with Argentina playing Paraguay and yes, Lionel Messi has scored.

As for the Women's World Cup, Costa Rica play South Korea at 00:00 BST, which you can watch live online and on the BBC Red Button.

England are next in action at 21:00 BST on Wednesday - their final group game against Colombia. Will they seal passage to the knockout stages? Join us then to find out. Cheerio.

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If you didn't know who Fran Kirby was before today, you do now.

Either way, I highly recommend you read

our feature about her. Inspirational.

Elsewhere at the World Cup

Brazil into the last-16

Meanwhile, in Group E, Brazil

beat Spain 1-0 thanks to Alves da Silva's first-half goal. The win is Brazil's second at the World Cup, meaning they top the standings with six points. The two other teams in the group, South Korea and Costa Rica face each other at 00:00 BST.

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Gary McKenzie: Close but deserved that. Colombia game set to be classic. Hope it ends well Kirby breath of fresh air.

Glenn Lindsay: Toni Duggan was fantastic, Carney was an outstanding player off the bench #gamechanger.

Player reaction

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England goalscorer Fran Kirby: "The goal means a lot. It is my first World Cup, first start and first goal. I was a bit worried it would not go in but when it did I was delighted."

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And let's hear from Mini Messi now...

Manager reaction

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England manager Mark Sampson: "It was a positive result for us, I am really pleased for the players. They had to respond in a positive manner and they did. Our little mini Messi Fran Kirby scored and we built from that.

"Special players step up in special moments and there is more to come from Fran. It wasn't just Fran today, though, the team was outstanding. Players from the sidelines made a difference too.

"They are all big games. We are sensing this is a huge chance and we have to build on this performance. The players have Colombia in their mind and will be ready."

England 2-1 Mexico

Trevor Sinclair

Former England winger on BBC Three

"What you want when you make a substitution is for them to make an impact, and they did that."

England 2-1 Mexico

Rachel Yankey

Former England midfielder on BBC Three

"That is the quality we have on the bench. Alex Greenwood gave us natural width on the left and what a finish by Karen Carney. She is a natural goal scorer."

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Alex Greenwood and Karen Carney changed the game after coming on. Starters against Colombia?

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A big win for England as they get off the mark and move up to second in Group F, with one final group game against Colombia to come. The job is not done yet, but they go into that game with a huge amount of pressure off their shoulders.

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Rachel Brown-Finnis

Former England goalkeeper

"I was definitely worried but I think defensively we were solid up until that point. All in all, fantastic going forward, much more positive."

FULL-TIME

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Phew!

England 2-1 Mexico

Four minutes are up, Mexico are in possession. How much time to go?

YELLOW CARD

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Karen Carney is booked as she kicks a ball away after the whistle had blown for a free-kick. A nervy silence descends in the England section of the ground.

GOAL

England 2-1 Mexico - Fabiola Ibarra

Ah, England are caught out on the counter as they push too many forward. Substitute Fabiola Ibarra stabbing home after Karen Bardsley spilled a shot.

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Four minutes of stoppage time. Can England close this game out?

SUBSTITUTION

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A spell of possession now for Mexico and they make their final change to try and force a grandstand finish. Fabiola Ibarra is on for Moniaco Icampo.

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Birmingham Ladies coach David Parker: YES Karen Carney! Collectors item header... #gamechanger

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Megan Lee: They've worked and worked, kept their patience and now it's paid off! 2-0, come on England.

Mr W: I hope the male England football team are watching this - England Women playing brilliantly at the World Cup now.

SUBSTITUTION

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England's final change of the game as Lucy Bronze is replaced by Alex Scott for the final five minutes.

Unless something spectacular happens, England are on course for the three points and a move up to second in the group.

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Rachel Brown-Finnis

Former England goalkeeper

"We were crediting Mark Sampson for his tactical changes. That is a monumental moment for Karen Carney who has struggled with injuries. England can finally breathe a sigh of relief."

GOAL

England 2-0 Mexico - Karen Carney

I saw a few tweets questioning Mark Sampson's tactics at the World Cup so far, but hats off to his substitutions in this game. Inspired.

England's second goal is substitute to substitute as the excellent Alex Greenwood whips in a cross for Karen Carney, who rises to nod in from close range.

Karen Carney scores
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Fran Kirby is tormenting the Mexico defence. First, she is a whisker away from connecting with a cross, before she cuts inside of Kenti Robles and smacks a powerful effort at an increasingly under siege Cecilia Santiago in the Mexico goal.

Ten minutes to go and, at the moment, England are in control.

England 1-0 Mexico

One-way traffic in the last five minutes. Keep the ball in the Mexico half and England could be celebrating in just over 10 minutes.

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SUBSTITUTION

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With England looking dangerous now, Mexico boss Leonardo Cuellar makes his second change of the game as forward Maria Sanchez comes on for tiring striker Renae Cuellar.

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Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport in Moncton

"Massive relief for England as Fran Kirby marks her first World Cup start with a goal. It's a great story after the Reading striker quit football four years ago after depression following the death of her mother. She plays in the second tier of English football but she has been one of England's best players."

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Pete Cooper: Cracking goal from Kirby. Great shot of her poking the ball home with 3 Mexican players and keeper diving in.

Jack Everitt: Karen Carney is absolute class, England look like a completely different team with her on the pitch.

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England are bubbling with confidence now. They quickly go close to a second as Toni Duggan tries to bring a ball into the box under control, she runs into Eni Aluko, who takes control of the situation, swinging a boot at the bouncing ball and sending a rasping effort just over.

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Rachel Brown-Finnis

Former England goalkeeper

"What a relief. Absolutely fantastic, England deserve to go ahead. The fox in the box Fran Kirby toe pokes it home, a lovely finish. So many times at domestic level we have seen Kirby doing that."

GOAL

England 1-0 Mexico - Fran Kirby

The breakthrough! The introduction of Karen Carney does indeed have a positive impact. She plays the ball to Toni Duggan on the edge of the area, Duggan loses possession but the loose ball bounces through to Fran Kirby who, composed, picks off a couple of defenders before calmly poking the ball in off the far post.

Mark Sampson sits back in his seat, puffing out his cheeks. What a relief.

England celebrate
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Huge cheer for the introduction of Karen Carney. Can she add that bit of bite England have, by and large, been lacking in the final third?

HITS THE WOODWORK

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Oh my word, this is heart in mouth stuff! Mexico have a corner, which Monica Ocampo takes. Her curled effort beats Karen Bardsley and smacks against the crossbar, with the follow up sent just over.

Mark Sampson responds by sending on winger Karen Carney for Jill Scott.

YELLOW CARD

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One hour in and we have our first booking of the game, Alina Garciamendez slides in on Lucy Bronze, missing the ball completely and catching the feet of the England full-back. Yellow card.

England 0-0 Mexico

End-to-end now as Mexico get forward for their first attack in this half, Kenti Robles curling a shot between two defenders and towards the far corner but Karen Bardsley is wise to the effort and holds the ball.

This is tense stuff for England. Score and they are in a very strong position to progress to the last-16. If Mexico score, though, and England lose, then it will look very bleak indeed.

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Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport in Moncton

"England are taking time to find their rhythm again but Alex Greenwood has added a bit more fire to their left side and takes a wicked set-piece. Mark Sampson is looking a lot more positive after those two Eniola Aluko chances."

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This is better by Alex Greenwood though!

England win a free-kick on the right side of the Mexico area, Greenwood curls it towards the far post but Steph Houghton can't get enough on her header to direct it goalwards.

Moments later, Greenwood drills a low ball from the left to the feet of Eni Aluko who, in the middle of the area, swivels and fizzes a drive at goal that Cecilia Santiago manages to bat away. Just.

Eni Aluko
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Rachel Brown-Finnis

Former England goalkeeper

"England just need to up the tempo a little bit and retain possession. When they get the ball, they need to play simple and keep it as much as they can."