Colombia create history by reaching FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals

Colombia created history by progressing to the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup following a 1-0 victory over Jamaica in the Round of 16 clash.

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By topping Group H, Colombia earned their second entry into the knockout phase, the previous one being in 2015 when they advanced to the same stage. In their round of 16 outing, Colombia had suffered a 2-0 loss to the US.

Jamaica, unexpectedly making it to the last 16 by eliminating Brazil in Group F, secured their inaugural spot in the knockouts. This makes them the third CONCACAF region team to do so in the tournament’s history, along with the United States and Canada. They were among three teams that kept a clean sheet in the group stage.

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The first half did not see many opportunities for either side, resulting in a fairly uneventful period. Jamaica had two attempts off target, while Colombia managed only one out of their five shots on goal.

The pace of the game picked up immediately after half time, with Colombia gaining the upper hand in the 51st minute. Ana Guzman’s well-directed play down the right exploited an error by Deneisha Blackwood, enabling Catalina Usme to defeat goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer in a one-on-one situation. Jamaica came close to equalising just three minutes later when Jody Brown’s header from close range was cleared off the goal line.

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In the 82nd minute, Jamaica had another significant opportunity, but Drew Spence’s powerful header narrowly missed the target. Meanwhile, at the opposite end, Leicy Santos directed her header onto the crossbar. Despite Jamaica’s efforts to level the score, Colombia’s sturdy defence denied them any chances, holding firm until the final whistle.

Colombia’s quarterfinal match will be played against England on Saturday.

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