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Karen Carney 15, Fara Williams pen 38
Lady Andrade 90+4
England named five changes from the team that had beaten Mexico, as they moved to a 4-1-2-1-2 formation. Alex Scott, Jordan Nobbs, Karen Carney, Alex Greenwood and Casey Stoney replaced Lucy Bronze, Jill Scott, Eniola Aluko, Claire Rafferty and Laura Bassett.
Colombia made only one change from the starting eleven that had beaten France 2-0, with Catalina Usme replacing Ingrid Vidal up front.
Colombia’s Lady Andrade displayed her close control and trickery as she broke into England’s box and picked out Daniela Montoya who could only shoot over.
But slowly England imposed their dominance onto the game. A short corner was played to Fara Williams, she crossed the ball into the box, Alex Scott headed it back across goal to Casey Stoney who could only head wide.
And then England took the lead and it came from a free-kick conceded by Daniela Montoya’s handball just outside the box. Steph Houghton’s shot was well saved low down by Sandra Sepulveda, but she could only parry it to Karen Carney who placed the ball into the net.
They came close to a second as Carney’s cross picked out Fran Kirby, but she headed wide. And then Williams tested the keeper from a free-kick, but Sepulveda was a match to it.
Colombia offered England a warning of their threat, as Andrade brushed off Williams’ challenge to curl the ball just wide of the near post.
But then England doubled their advantage, and once again it came from a free-kick just outside the box. This time Houghton’s shot was blocked, and in the scramble that ensued in the box, Carolina Arias was adjudged to have handled in the box as she slid on the floor. The referee awarded the free-kick, which Williams powered into the left corner, just above the outstretched hand of Sepulveda.
Colombia had a couple of chances late on in the first half. Montoya’s cross picked out Carolina Arias who headed over. And then Yoreli Rincon dinked a ball over the defence to Carolina Arias who was only denied by brave keeping from Karen Bardsley.
The South Americans started the second half strongly. Quick feet from Andrade in the box allowed her to pick out Natalia Gaitan whose shot was blocked.
But England still posed a threat. Jade Moore’s long pass was left by Toni Duggan which then found Alex Scott in loads of space, but she shot over.
Nevertheless, it was Colombia who was on top. A quickly taken free-kick caught out England, and Rincon’s 35-yard screamer narrowly sailed past the top-left corner.
Despite this, England still posed a threat on the counter. Stoney’s long ball sent Jodie Taylor past the back four, Sepulveda sprinted out of her box to deal with the threat, but Taylor took the ball past the keeper who then fouled the England player. The Colombian keeper was booked when she could have been sent-off, and this will mean she miss their Last 16 tie.
And then Anglea Clavijo passed straight to Lianne Sanderson whose powerful shot was tipped over the bar by the keeper.
But then, in the 94th minute, Colombia pulled a goal back. Carolina Arias chipped the ball over the England defence to Andrade who delicately lobbed Bardsley.
Toni Duggan – England
England: (4-1-2-1-2) Karen Bardsley, Alex Scott, Steph Houghton (c), Casey Stoney, Alex Greenwood, Far Williams, Jordan Nobbs, Jade Moore, Karen Carney (Lianne Sanderson 56), Toni Duggan (Jodie Taylor 81), Fran Kirby (Jo Potter 66).
Goals: Karen Carney 15, Fara Williams pen 38.
Booked: Alex Scott 65.
Colombia: (4-2-3-1) Sandra Sepulveda, Carolina Arias, Nataly Arias, Angela Clavijo, Orianica Velasquez, Natalia Gaitan (c), Daniela Montoya, Diana Ospina (Leicy Santos 83), Yoreli Rincon (Tatiana Ariza 74), Lady Andrade, Catalina Usme (Ingrid Vidal 58).
Goal: Lady Andrade 90+4.
Booked: Catalina Usme 36, Carolina Arias 37, Sandra Sepulveda 85.