Colombia easily disposed of Costa Rica in Dresden and then celebrated as they heard that France's defeat to Germany had put them into the quarter-finals. It is a great achievement for Ricardo Rozo's side who are making their first appearance in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and this was also their first-ever victory in a FIFA Women's World Cup at any level.
Their heroine was midfielder Daniela Montoya who struck both the first-half goals that gave them a big push towards the last eight. As runners-up in Group A, Colombia will face the winners of Group B in Bielefeld on Saturday. For Costa Rica, already sure of returning home before this game, it was another disappointment.
Colombia found it easy to create chances and after only seven minutes Lady Andrade gave Melissa Ortiz the opportunity to cross dangerously, the ball only missing a team-mate’s lunge by centimetres.
There was a nasty moment for Hazel Quiros who left the field on a stretcher with her face bloodied following an aerial clash. She was substituted by Maria Moreira as the young Ticas fought to stem the tide of Colombian attacks.
They almost fell behind in the 17th minute when a corner from the right was floated dangerously under the crossbar and as goalkeeper Priscilla Tapia hesitated, Andrade rushed in only to send the ball wide with the slightest of touches.
However the goal finally arrived six minutes later - and again from a corner-kick, this time down the left. From a position near the penalty spot and under pressure from a couple of defenders, Daniela Montoya did really well to send a powerful header into the net.
It became 2-0 in the 40th minute when Andrade and Ingrid Vidal both showed strength and determination down the right to create space for Vidal to make a neat chip to the far post. Montoya had read the situation perfectly and bundled the ball home unchallenged.
Paola Sanchez should have made it three immediately after but from close in she knocked the ball too high. That pattern continued at the start of the second half as the same player had two scoring opportunities but failed to apply enough power.
Vidal then went clear but Tapia was able to hold onto her lofted shot. With the situation between Colombia and France delicately poised, the South Americans knew they would probably need more goals.
Las Cafeteras' kept searching but a third goal did not come. However some determined defending ensured that the Latin American side were kept at arms length and didn't seriously threaten Forero's territory.
Then in injury time Colombia gave themselves a qualifying cushion as Montoya was fouled and Yorely Rincon smashed home the penalty.