Mexico beat Ecuador twice in three days, on Thursday and Saturday, in a pair of World Cup tune-up matches.
Nayeli Rangel scored the only goal in Thursday’s 1-0 victory and on Saturday it was Jenny Ruiz and Washington Spirit defender Arianna Romero finding net in a 2-0 win for Mexico.
Ecuador will be making its Women’s World Cup debut in June after beating Trinidad and Tobago in a two-leg playoff for the final of 24 spots in the World Cup. It is the first time the Women’s World Cup will feature an expanded 24-team field.
At the World Cup, Ecuador will play in Group C, alongside Switzerland, Cameroon and reigning world champions Japan.
Mexico faces stiff tests in Group F against France, England and Colombia.
Thursday, Feb. 5
México: C. Santiago; A. Romero; C. Murillo (Y. Franco al 60’); M. Alvarado (j. Ruiz al 70’); N. Rangel (A. Calderón al 68); C. Corral; S. Mayor (T. Noyola al 83’): G. Espinosa; C. Jaramillo; V. Pérez y Valeria Miranda.
Ecuador: S. Berruz; N. Aguilar; M. Olvera; A. Ponce; I. Rodríguez; E. Vásquez (M. Riera al 45’); G. Lattanzio (M. Quinteros al 45’); C. Caicedo (A. Barre al 67’); L. Moreira; K. Real y D. Pesantes (A. Salvador al 82’).
Saturday, Feb. 7
— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) February 7, 2015
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