MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Catalina Usme scored early within the second half and Colombia edged Jamaica 1-0 on Tuesday to advance to the Ladies’s World Cup quarterfinals for the primary time.
Colombia will face European champion England on Saturday at Stadium Australia in Sydney. England superior on penalties after a scoreless draw with Nigeria on Monday evening.
Usme yelled in celebration after trapping a protracted cross from Ana Guzman and calmly ending within the 52nd minute. It was the primary objective Jamaica conceded within the match.
Teenage star Linda Caicedo had alternatives however wasn’t ready so as to add to Colombia’s tally in a troublesome, bodily encounter.
Las Cafeteras, making their third World Cup look, additionally reached the Spherical of 16 in 2015 however had been stopped in a 2-0 loss to the USA.
The Jamaican ladies had been within the knockout spherical for the primary time in simply their second look within the match.
The match at Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium was an anticipated showdown between Jamaican Khadija “Bunny” Shaw and Colombia’s Caicedo. Ultimately, although, it was Usme’s emphatic objective that made the distinction.
Shaw was an attacking power with Manchester United final season, scoring 20 targets in 22 league video games, however she went into the match scoreless on the World Cup.
The Reggae Girlz had only one objective within the group stage, Allyson Swaby’s header in a 1-0 victory over Panama, whereas Shaw sat out of that match due to a purple card within the opener towards France.
Caicedo, who was identified with ovarian most cancers when she was 15, had a pair of targets within the opening spherical amid questions on her health. She was seen dropping to the bottom throughout a apply session earlier within the match however performed the whole thing of Colombia’s 1-0 loss towards Morocco in its group remaining on Thursday.
After defeating South Korea in its World Cup opener, Colombia upset Germany 2-1 earlier than falling to upstart Morocco in its group finale. Colombia turned simply the second South American group to prime its group, becoming a member of Brazil.
Jamaica’s protection held title contenders France and Brazil scoreless within the opening spherical, serving to to push the Reggae Girlz via to the knockout stage. The Jamaicans misplaced each recreation on the 2019 match, their solely different look.
Colombia had extra possibilities within the first half however Jamaica’s stout defence held and the match was scoreless on the break.
There was a scary second when Jamaica’s Trudi Carter was hit arduous within the face by the ball within the twenty first minute however she returned.
Jamaica goalkeeper Becky Spencer was capable of punch away Usme’s cross within the twenty ninth. Caicedo despatched the ball over the objective with an opportunity within the thirty eighth.
Jamaica’s Drew Spence was proven a yellow late within the half with a sort out on Caicedo, after Chantelle Swaby was booked.
Spence almost scored on a header within the 82nd however it went simply vast. She raised her fingers to her face in disbelief over the missed likelihood to even the sport.
Colombia was with out Manuela Vanegas due to yellow card accumulation. Guzman, who like Caicedo is eighteen, changed her.