Colombia secured a spot in the quarter-finals of the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The event, held in Australia, marks the country’s first-ever qualification for the quarter-finals in the history of women’s football. It’s a historic milestone for Colombian football. With 3 wins in four matches, the performance displayed so far promises more moments of happiness for the team coached by Nelson Abadía.
Catalina Usme’s goal secured the qualification
The match took place in Melbourne (Australia). After a closely contested first half, the Colombian team showed much greater attacking intent in the second half. Just 6 minutes into the second half, captain Catalina Usme managed to beat the Jamaican goalkeeper. The Antioquian player ended up being chosen as the MVP of the match. Tough marking against some of the stars from both teams prevented a more open and attractive style of play.
The rest of the match was more physical. Although the Colombian players had up to 4 more shots in the following minutes, they couldn’t get past Becky Spencer. Jamaica went on the offensive to try to equalize the game. They had a few chances, but in the end, it wasn’t enough and the Caribbean team was eliminated with a 1-0 defeat. The clearest chance came in the 82nd minute for Drew Spence, with a header that narrowly missed the goal on the left side.
Jamaica’s elimination doesn’t diminish their excellent World Cup performance. In their second World Cup appearance, the Caribbean team managed to reach the knockout stage. In the group stage, they finished second behind France. Moreover, Jamaica was the only team that hadn’t conceded a goal until Usme’s goal, which eventually led to their elimination.
Facing England in the Quarter-finals
Colombia is the only South American team still in the championship. They will compete for a spot in the semi-finals against England. The European team defeated Nigeria on Monday, winning on penalties after a 0-0 draw at the end of the match. The England – Colombia match will take place on Saturday, August 12, at 5:30 AM Colombian time.
In the group stage, England finished first with 3 wins in 3 matches, scoring eight goals and conceding only 1. In the upcoming match, Nelson Abadía’s team will aim to continue inspiring the entire nation with the dream of reaching the final. With their spirits high and regardless of the outcome, the Colombian players have already made history.