Underdog surprises third-ranked France
Lady Andrade and Catalina Usme scored goals as Colombia stunned third-ranked France, 2-0, on Saturday in one of the biggest upsets in Women’s World Cup history.
The underdog Colombians opened the scoring in the 19th minute. Andrade broke free from a pair of defenders for a tap-in goal.
Usme clinched her country’s first World Cup win with a goal on the counterattack in the 93rd minute.
“We’ve proved that we’re not just here to make up the numbers. We knew that we’d have to play intelligently and fight for every ball. Myplayers are real battlers,” Colombia Coach Fabian Taborda said of his 28th-ranked team.
The French lost despite outshooting Colombia, 21-3, in Moncton, Canada. Much of that was thanks to the play of Colombian goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda, who made a number of sprawling saves that increasingly frustrated the French attack.
“Therewere numerous aspects that weren’t quite right [Saturday]. We weren’t accurate enough with our passes at key moments. Despite that, we still created chances, but their goalkeeper had a great match,” France Coach Philippe Bergeroo said.
France was unlucky as well. Colombian defender Daniela Montoya appeared to touch the ball with her hand inside the penalty area in the 67th minute, but a foul wasn’t called.
Colombia will face England on Wednesday in Montreal.
COLOMBIA’S SANDRA SEPULVEDA stops the ball during a Group Fmatch against France, which lost despite outshooting Colombia, 21-3.