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Lady Andrade 19, Catalina Usme 90+3
France made two changes from their win over England, with Kenza Dali and Elise Bussaglia replacing Elodie Thomis and Amandine Henry. Colombia also made two changes, with their first choice goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda recovering from a broken leg picked up before the tournament. Their other change saw Ingrid Vidal replace Catalina Usme.
France started strongly, and their first chance came in the 7th minute when Jessica Houara’s cross was cleared to Bussaglia who got her first-time shot all wrong. Then Gaetane Thiney ran into the box, but at the vital moment slipped, but found Louisa Necib whose shot just went wide of the left post.
Necib’s long ball looked to have played Eugenie Le Sommer it, but Sepulveda sprinted off her line to claim the ball and did well to remain in her box. Then Kenza Dali put a dangerous cross into the box, but the Colombian captain Natalia Gaitan just got a touch ahead of Necib.
And then Colombia took their shock lead, and it all came from a rather comical moment. France had a throw-in and Necib looked to take it, but for some reason threw it at Houara with one hand. The referee decided it was a foul throw and gave it to Colombia. They worked the ball upfield when Yoreli Rincon, turned and played a delighted chipped through-ball to Lady Andrade who placed the ball under Sarah Bouhaddi with a calm finish.
France a couple of good chances soon after with Necib having a shot deflected behind and Wendie Renard heading wide from a corner.
They should have scored when Bussaglia picked out Laure Boulleau free on the left, but instead of squaring the ball shot into the side-netting. And then Camille Abily picked out Le Sommer in the box, but her shot was tipped over by Sepulveda.
France went in at half-time with 62% of the possession, but a goal down. Colombia had one shot and scored.
Within two minutes of the second half, France had forced Sepulveda into a wonder save as Bussaglia shot from just outside the box, and the keeper reacted well to tip the ball over.
The Colombian keeper was at it again soon after. Necib’s corner was parried by the keeper to Laura Georges who fired the volley back and somehow Sepulveda reacted quickly to catch the ball.
France had a great shout for a penalty as a high ball in the box was flicked off Le Sommer’s head by Daniela Montoya’s hand, but the officials didn’t spot it.
Then came a moment of controversy. A long ball had played Thiney through on goal, but Sepulveda caught the ball on the edge of the box, but the officials decided she had just rolled the ball out of her box. The keeper was only booked, when it could be argued she had denied a clear goal scoring opportunity. Abily curled the free-kick over the wall, but it was an easy catch for the keeper.
Despite having a slender lead, Colombia still was happy to go looking for a second. They had a couple of dangerous balls cleared by Bouhaddi before Catalina Usme tried her luck from 30 yards, but her shot didn’t dip enough to trouble the keeper.
France had another penalty appeal late in the second half when Amandine Henry shot was bravely blocked by Nataly Arias. It did hit her arm, but it would have been a harsh decision as she had turned her back with her arms by her side.
They kept on creating chances though. Le Sommer saw her shot deflected behind by Angela Clavijo’s outstretched boot. The corner was cleared to Houara’s whose powerful shot was driven into a crowd of players, and it hit a defender and just went wide of the far post.
In the 92nd minute, France should have equalised. Houara cut the ball back across goal and it ran all the way through to Claire Lavogez whose shot was somehow blocked behind by Nataly Arias.
And then the next minute, Colombia scored their second. A long ball was controlled 30 yards from her goal by Bouhaddi, who took far too much time, and nearly had the ball stolen from her by Tatiana Ariza. The keeper though cleared straight to Diana Ospina who had the composure not to shoot and instead pass to Usme on the left wing, who calmly placed the ball in the bottom left corner.
The win, Colombia’s first ever in the World Cup, sees them move top of Group F on 4 points.
Woman of the Match:
Sandra Sepulveda – Colombia
France: (4-4-2) Sarah Bouhaddi, Jessica Houara, Laura Georges, Wendie Renard (C), Laure Boulleau, Kenza Dali (Marie Laure Delie 77), Elise Bussaglia (Amandine Henry 63), Camille Abily, Louisa Necib (Claire Lavogez 63), Eugenie Le Sommer, Gaetane Thiney.
Colombia: (4-2-3-1) Sandra Sepulveda, Carolina Arias, Angela Clavijo, Nataly Arias, Orianica Velasquez, Natalia Gaitan (C), Daniela Montoya, Diana Ospina, Yoreli Rincon (Isabella Echeverri 87), Lady Andrade (Tatiana Ariza 90+1), Ingrid Vidal (Catalina Usme 55).
Goals: Lady Andrade 19, Catalina Usme 90+3.
Booked: Sandra Sepulveda 69, Diana Ospina 79