England came from behind to beat the hyped Columbia and set up a historic World Cup semi-final against Australia.
Colombia, who were the lowest-ranked team in the quarter-final, opened the scoring with a goal from Leicy Santos, much to the delight of the Columbian fans.
And before half-time, Lauren Hemp capitalized on a mistake from Colombia keeper Catalina Perez to level the game for the Lionesses.
In the 63rd minute, Alexia Russo got England’s second of the game after collecting a through ball from Georgia Stanway that bounced off a Colombia defender into her path, she fired into the bottom corner.
England’s coach, Sarina Weigman is pursuing a consecutive Women’s World Cup final after her Netherlands team was runner-up to the United States in 2019. After the match, she had this to say:
“A very tough challenge but we didn’t expect anything else. We showed resilience, in the first half we played very well. In moments we were sloppy on the ball and they were really dangerous on the counter.”
“We conceded but we came back. I actually thought their keeper had the ball for our goal.”
“Second half we pushed, we found a way to keep that score and win the final duals. I just hoped we would have finished the game off sooner because we could have.”
“We know they are dangerous but again I am so proud of the team, we find a way to score to win the duels. If we had kept the ball a bit better, we could have won it a little earlier.”