Un­der­dog sur­prises third-ranked France

Los Angeles Times - - WOMEN’S WORLD CUP - COLOM­BIA 2 FRANCE 0

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.

Franck Fife AFP/Getty Images

COLOM­BIA’S SAN­DRA SEPUL­VEDA stops the ball dur­ing a Group Fmatch against France, which lost de­spite out­shoot­ing Colom­bia, 21-3.

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