Three-shot deal: Colom­bia pulls off un­likely victory

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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 when 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 counter attack 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,” Colom­bia Coach Fabian Taborda said.

France lost de­spite out­shoot­ing Colom­bia 21-3 in Monc­ton, New Brunswick.

Much of that dis­crep­ancy was off­set by the play of Colom­bian goal­keeper San­dra Sepul­veda; she made a num­ber of sprawl­ing saves that in­creas­ingly frus­trated the French attack.

“We weren’t ac­cu­rate enough with our passes at key mo­ments,”

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.

ENG­LAND 2, MEX­ICO 1: Fran Kirby and Karen Car­ney scored in the sec­ond half for Eng­land in Monc­ton. Kirby got the first goal of the World Cup for Eng­land when she used a toe poke to beat Cecilia San­ti­ago in the 71st minute. Car­ney scored on a header in the 82nd. Fabi­ola Ibarra scored in stop­page time for Mex­ico.

BRAZIL 1, SPAIN 0: An­dressa Alves scored in the 44th minute as Brazil earned a spot in the knock­out stage by win­ning in Mon­treal. The win is the eighth straight in group stage play for Brazil, which is un­beaten in 14 group matches since a loss to Ger­many in 1995.

Spain con­trolled the game for much of the first half, but Brazil closed the half with a flurry.

COSTARICA2, SOUTHKOREA 2: Karla Vil­lalo­bos came off the bench to score in the 89th minute as Costa Rica es­caped in Mon­treal. South Korea led 2-1 af­ter a 25thminute header by Gaeul Jeon and ap­peared poised to win its first game in World Cup his­tory.

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