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Alex Morgan 53, Carli Lloyd pen 66. (Abby Wambach missed penalty 50)
Sent-Off: Catalina Perez 47
America named the same starting eleven that beat Nigeria 1-0 in their final group game.
Colombia made two changes from the team that lost to England. 20-year old keeper Catalina Perez replaced the suspended Sandra Sepulveda, whilst Ingrid Vidal replaced Catalina Usme up front.
America started with speed and desire and within four minutes had the ball in the back of the net, but it was ruled out for offside. Lauren Holiday picked out Tobin Heath from just outside the box, and her shot was superbly saved by the 20-year old keeper Catalina Perez. But she could only parry the ball, and Abby Wambach reacted quickly to slide the ball over the line – but she was correctly ruled offside.
After the good start from America, Colombia found their composure and started to pose a threat. Lady Andrade used her skill to split two defenders to break into the box, the ball fell to Daniela Montoya whose shot was deflected. Then Orianica Velasquez’s dangerous delivery was cleared to Montoya, but her shot flew miles over.
But the USA still posed a threat. Alex Morgan headed down to Wambach whose half-volley was met with Perez’s wondrous one-handed save. Then Meghan Klingenberg’s inswinging cross nearly picked out Wambach and then ended up just curling wide of the far post.
On the floor, Velasquez tried to deal with an American attack with some silky skill, but this nearly costed Colombia. Heath stole the ball and then launched a high cross to Morgan, who headed into the ground and the high bounced forced Perez into a great save to tip the ball over.
Colombia came close to creating a goalscoring chance from a series of set-pieces, but the nearest they came was in the 42nd minute. Velasquez drove the free-kick through the wall, but then into the side-netting.
Within two minutes of the second half, Colombia was reduced down to ten players. Rapinoe’s delightful ball sent Morgan through, and as the striker played the ball past the keeper, Perez tripped her right on the edge of the box. The referee immediately awarded the penalty and sent the keeper off. Stefany Castano came on and dived the wrong way – but Wambach placed the ball wide of the left post with a terrible penalty.
But then another goalkeeping error handed USA the lead. Holiday’s corner was cleared, but America managed to retain possession. Ali Krieger passed to Morgan who shot towards the near post, Castano got down in time, but the ball bounced off her arm and into the net.
They could have doubled their lead seconds later, but Morgan’s header was deflected wide.
America wanted another penalty as Rapinoe went down under Angela Clavijo’s challenge, but the referee correctly ruled the Colombian defender won the ball. But minutes later, they did get another penalty. Rapinoe broke into the box, and just as she changed direction, this time Clavijo brought her down. Carli Lloyd took the penalty this time, as she side-footed it to the right as Castano dived the wrong way.
The tie petered out with America having a couple more half-chances, but Colombia never gave up. Diana Ospina tried from long distance, but it was a simple save for Hope Solo. Catalina Usme’s long-range effort was flying into the top corner, but Solo caught the ball without any problems.
And in the dying minutes, Lady Andrade looked like she was through on goal, but she was denied by Becky Saurebrunn’s superb sliding tackle.
Alex Morgan – USA
USA: (4-4-2) Hope Solo, Ali Krieger (Lori Chalupny 81), Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Megan Rapinoe (Christen Press 75), Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath, Abby Wambach (c) (Morgan Brian 69), Alex Morgan
Goals: Alex Morgan 53, Carli Lloyd penalty 66
Missed Penalty: Abby Wambach 50.
Booked: Lauren Holiday 17, Megan Rapinoe 41.
Colombia: (4-2-3-1) Catalina Perez, Carolina Arias, Nataly Arias, Angela Clavijo, Orianica Velasquez, Daniela Montoya (Leicy Santos 85), Natalia Gaitain, Diana Ospina, Yoreli Rincon (Catalina Usme 72), Lady Andrade, Ingrid Vidal (Stefany Castano 49).
Booked: Angela Clavijo 65.
Sent-off: Catalina Perez 47.