by Patrick Hurley-Coulls
In front of thousands of rapturous home fans, the Mexican women’s team put on a polished display to capture the Women’s Homeless World Cup, beating rivals Brazil 6 -2.
It was a tense beginning, with both teams taking time to settle. Mexico hit the post early, but followed up shortly after, smashing the ball into the bottom corner. When Brazil were quick to respond, tucking one in at the near post, it looked like it would be another tightly contested game between the two teams.
However, with their country behind them, the Mexican women looked sharp and began to control the game with an authoritative display. They converted four more chances before the break, and things got worse for Brazil when they had a player sent off moments before half time.
Starting a player down, the second half was always going to be difficult. Brazil defended resolutely, keeping the potent Mexican attack at bay, but when they were once again reduced to three players mid-way through the half , the task seemed insurmountable.
Brazil scored a late consolation, but it was the Mexican women who ran out winners, taking the women’s final 6-2.