Catalina Usme scored the one objective as Colombia stored their Girls’s World Cup cost on monitor Tuesday by beating Jamaica 1-0 to safe a maiden quarter-final in opposition to European champions England. The South People did not qualify for the 2019 match, however have taken enormous strides since, topping their group in Australia and gorgeous world quantity two Germany alongside the best way. The Twenty fifth-ranked Colombians carried the shape right into a sold-out Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, grinding down a resolute and bodily Jamaica facet who had not conceded a objective all match. Colombia’s intense, attacking ethos underneath coach Nelson Abadia lastly paid dividends within the 51st minute when the damaging Usme bought the breakthrough with a composed end contained in the field to unlock a beforehand impenetrable defence.
It set a cagey sport alight and despatched the pumping pro-Colombian crowd into deafening delirium, with the Reggae Girlz unable to discover a approach again.
Colombia will now play England in Sydney on Saturday for a spot within the semi-finals after the Lionesses got here by way of a gripping penalty shootout in opposition to Nigeria.
4 years after crashing out of the 2019 match with three heavy defeats, Forty third-ranked Jamaica, like Colombia, additionally got here to Australia with low expectations.
And regardless of the crushing defeat, they’ll go away with their heads held excessive after clear sheets in opposition to France, Panama and Brazil.
In entrance of riotous followers, who booed every time Jamaica touched the ball, each side pressed early in a stop-start opening that noticed a number of gamers go down underneath heavy challenges.
The probabilities have been few and much between within the opening 20 minutes with Colombia’s Diana Ospina having the most effective — and solely — shot on the right track, but it surely did not have sufficient energy to hassle the keeper.
However the South People started to search out some rhythm as their supporters urged them on and the alternatives began flowing, with Leicy Santos and Usme each going shut.
With Colombia assuming management, Jamaica resorted to some clumsy challenges and Chantelle Swaby and Drew Spence each picked up yellow playing cards in a tough-tackling half.
The breakthrough got here six minutes after the restart with teenage World Cup debutant Ana Guzman pinging a stupendous ball to Usme who took one contact earlier than side-footing residence.
Fired up, Jamaica nearly had a direct reply with Jody Brown’s shot cleared off the road in a frantic goalmouth scramble that then noticed Colombia break on a counter-attack which almost led to Actual Madrid sensation Linda Caicedo doubling the rating.
Behind for the primary time on the World Cup and dealing with the exit door, Jamaica deserted their defensive posture and threw gamers ahead frantically searching for the equaliser.
Spence nearly grabbed it with a header that spun simply large.
However regardless of giving every thing, Colombia held on to maintain their World Cup dream alive and nearly scored a second on the loss of life when Santos’s header hit the publish.