England 2-1 Colombia

A 2-1 victory for England over Colombia was enough to see them take second spot in Group F behind France and qualify for the second round of the Women’s World Cup. England struggled to keep the ball in the opening minutes, but soon managed to correct this and put pressure on Colombia. The breakthrough came in the 15th minute, when a free kick from Houghton was parried by Sepulveda in the Colombian goal. Carney reacted quickest and put the rebound in. England continued to pile on the pressure and doubled the lead with a harsh penalty that was converted by Williams. Whilst England had the best of the half, Colombia remained a threat when counter attacking. The second half saw Colombia take the initiative and have the better of the play. They scored in stoppage time, with the ever-dangerous Andrade lifting the ball over the onrushing Bardsley.

The performance from England in the first half suggested they could do well in the tournament, but the second half performance suggested that strong teams would experience success against England. For the second game in a row, England conceded a goal in stoppage time and will definitely need to be switched on for the whole game for the second round (and hopefully beyond!). England will play Norway in the second round.

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