- Yoreli RINCON (11')
- Tatiana ARIZA (22')
Referee HONG Eun Ah (KOR)
Rincon drives Colombia on
Colombia recorded a magnificent 2-0 victory over Sweden to progress to the semi-finals of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany. Two goals inside 11 first-half minutes did the trick for the South American side who are making their first appearance at this level.
So too are Sweden but there was only disappointment for them today in Bielefeld. They never recovered from the shock of falling behind to Yorely Rincon's stunning opening goal and while in two previous games they had twice come from behind to earn maximum points, this time there was no way back.
Colombia, only the second team from their continent to progress beyond the group stage, will next face the winners of tomorrow's USA-Nigeria quarter-final.
Ricardo Rozo's team soon established their dominance and Rincon was quick to test Hilda Carlen. Shortly after she attempted a long-range shot as the pressure remained on the Swedish defence. At the other end the Swedish strikers were not permitted much room to gain confidence.
It was little surprise then when Colombia took the lead in the 11th minute, a magnificent piece of skill from Rincon as she neatly worked the ball away from her marker before firing off a right-footer from well outside the area which zipped past the goalkeeper.
If the Swedes thought they could easily retireve the deficit again they were mistaken. The speed of their opposite numbers was a problem to the Europeans all day and further goals were threatened. In the 19th minute Lady Andrade tricked her way through the defence and demanded a great save from Carlen.
It became 2-0 in the 22nd minute when Elin Borg failed to cut out a diagonal pass. Tatiana Ariza took it on and with Carlen off her line she looped a shot beyond the keeper and into the far corner.
Little had been seen of Sweden's danger players although they did work something of note on the half-hour. Sofia Jakobsson released Kristin Karlsson but Paula Forero dealt comfortably with the shot.
The European team were clearly shaken by the first-half events and returned after the interval with determination renewed. However Colombia were executing a clever game, keeping the ball well.
A free-kick from Josefine Alfsson caused some panic and only missed Jakobsson's head by centimetres. Clearly Colombia had done their homework on the Swedes and Jakobsson and Antonia Goransson, who had scored in all three previous games, could not make a real impact.
Jakobsson did come close in the 80th minute as she sped in from the left but although her attempt had the beating of Forero there was Carolina Arisa to clear off the line.
The only cloud on Colombia's horizon was the late booking for their talented forward Andrade which rules her out of the semi-final.