England will now face tournament co-host Australia in a heavyweight semifinal matchup Wednesday.
Colombia showed why they are more than a plucky underdog, creating quality chances all match long, including several from 18-year-old phenom Linda Caicedo.
The Lionesses, who were already shorthanded entering this tournament due to injuries to several key players and the suspension of star forward Lauren James, got clutch goals from Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo to power them to their third consecutive Women’s World Cup semifinal berth.
Check out the highlights below!
90+7′: Colombia still trying for that equalizer
89′: Letting them play
78′ Colombia still pressing!
Mayra Ramírez had a solid opportunity, but England’s back line held firm once again.
70′ WHAT A SAVE!
63′ Russo gives England the lead
Alessia Russo got behind the Colombia defense and delivered a perfect shot in the corner of the goal to give England a 2-1 lead.
England’s Alessia Russo scores vs. Colombia in 63′
England took a 2-1 lead vs. Colombia after Alessia Russo’s goal in 63′.
57′: Getting fancy
England was awarded a free kick as three players gathered around the ball in attempt to confuse Colombia. Lauren Hemp sprinted to the net, Alex Greenwood went toward the ball but then backed off, and then Georgia Stanway ended up taking the free kick and delivered a pass to Hemp, who got a shot off, but it was saved by Perez.
45+6′: Lauren Hemp finds the equalizer!
Hemp took advantage of an error from Colombia keeper Catalina Pérez to get England’s much-needed equalizer just before the halftime whistle.
This marked the first quarterfinal match of this year’s Women’s World Cup when both teams scored a first-half goal.
44′: An incredible goal!
38′: What a touch by Linda Caicedo!
The teenage prodigy showed off her skill yet again while surrounded by England defenders in the box, but the Lionesses were able to prevent her from getting a shot off.
27′: Another big save for Catalina Pérez
23′: Plenty of physicality in this match
15′: Opportunities for both sides early!
9′: Injury blow for Colombia
Defender Carolina Arias had to leave due to injury following a hard collision in the box. Teenager Ana Guzman, who had already seen action this World Cup, came on as an early substitution for Colombia.
6′: Early chances for England!
Colombia’s defense held strong and kept the Lionesses off the scoresheet early.
Setting the stage
The “World Cup NOW” crew previewed the match live on social media ahead of kickoff.
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