FIFA Women’s World Cup: Colombia Edge Jamaica To Set Up England Quarterfinal

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Catalina Usme scored the only goal as Colombia kept their Women’s World Cup charge on track Tuesday by beating Jamaica 1-0 to secure a maiden quarterfinal against European champions England. The South Americans failed to qualify for the 2019 tournament, but have taken huge strides since, topping their group in Australia and stunning world No 2 Germany along the way.

The 25th-ranked Colombians carried the form into a sold-out Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, grinding down a resolute and physical Jamaica side who had not conceded a goal all tournament. Colombia’s intense, attacking ethos under coach Nelson Abadia finally paid dividends in the 51st minute when the dangerous Usme got the breakthrough with a composed finish inside the box to unlock a previously impenetrable defense.

It set a cagey game alight and sent the pumping pro-Colombian crowd into deafening delirium, with the Reggae Girlz unable to find a way back. Colombia will now play England in Sydney on Saturday for a place in the semifinals after the Lionesses came through a gripping penalty shootout against Nigeria.

Four years after crashing out of the 2019 tournament with three heavy defeats, 43rd-ranked Jamaica, like Colombia, also came to Australia with low expectations. And despite the crushing defeat, they will leave with their heads held high after clean sheets against France, Panama and Brazil.

“If you believe and you work hard, anything’s possible. We come out here tonight, and we held our own. At the end of the day we knew it was going to be hard but we did what we could.”

Khadija Shaw, Jamaica striker

“This moment is unique in the history of Colombian women’s soccer, for South America. It is a triumph of a group that has made an effort to have consistency, character, personality. It was played and won well.”

Nelson Abadia, Colombia coach.

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