Three-shot deal: Colombia pulls off unlikely victory
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.