France scores quickly and often
Marie Delie scored off a header 34 seconds in, the second-fastest goal in the history of the Women’s World Cup, and France routed Mexico, 5-0, on Wednesday at Ottawa to win Group F on goal differential over England.
Coming off a 2-0 loss to Colombia, France (2-1-0) scored three times in the first 13 minutes.
Jennifer Ruiz had an own goal in the ninth minute, and Eugenie Le Sommer made it 3-0 with a midair toe tap. Le Sommer added her second goal in the 36th minute, and Amandine Henry got the final goal in the 80th minute.
France will play South Korea in Montreal on Sunday in the round of 16.
Mexico (0-2-1) finished last in the group and is 0-6-3 in three World Cup appearances, having been outscored, 30-6.
Sweden’s Lena Videkull has the fastest goal in history, 30 seconds into a match with Japan in 1991.
England 2, Colombia 1: Karen Carney and Fara Williams scored first-half goals in Montreal for England (2-1-0), which will play Norway on Monday in the round of 16.
Colombia (1-1-1) already had clinched a second-round berth and will play the U.S. in Edmonton on Monday.
Carney scored in the 15th minute with a left-footed shot through the legs of goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda, who allowed a rebound on her diving save of Stephanie Houghton’s initial shot.
Sepulveda is suspended for the U.S. match after receiving her second yellow card of the tournament, for clipping Jodie Taylor in the 85th minute.