Quick exchange of goals sees Colombia and Spain share spoils
A quick exchange of goals early in the second half saw Colombia and Spain share a point in a 1-1 draw in Group D at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
The two sides played out a very balanced first half, spreading the ball around at pace, however neither side found the breakthrough goal.
It was European champions Spain who opened the scoring in the 52nd minute. Colombia goalkeeper Michell Lugo spilled a shot that was initially deflected and the ball poked out into the path of Maria Okoye, who calmly side-passed her shot in from just outside the penalty area.
Colombia responded superbly and went down the other end and found a goal of their own directly from kick-off after Spain's opener. There was a wonderful moment of creativity when Lina Jaime lobbed a delightfully-weighted through pass for Gisela Robledo, who controlled the ball with her chest before fighting her way in between a couple of Spanish defenders and slotting in the equaliser past Catalina Coll.
Spain had a golden opportunity to seal all three points in the 75th minute when Claudia Pina hit the crossbar with a powerful shot on top of the penalty area. Eva Navarro then pounced on the second ball but steered her shot well wide of Colombia's right post.
The Colombians stayed strong in defence and fought hard for a deserved point, keeping their quarter-final qualification hopes alive.