FIFA Women's World Cup: Usme strike takes Colombia into maiden quarterfinals

Catalina Usme
Colombia's Catalina Usme celebrates after scoring the all-important goal. Photo: Reuters/Hannah Mckay

Melbourne: A second-half goal by Catalina Usme fired Colombia to a 1-0 win over Jamaica on Tuesday and carried the South Americans to their first Women's World Cup quarterfinals.

The captain's 51st-minute strike sent Colombian fans into delirium at a packed Melbourne Rectangular Stadium and ensured they will battle England for a place in the last four.

What had been a testy and physical clash up to half-time exploded into life after Usme's breakthrough, with both teams attacking furiously.

Jamaica's 'Reggae Girlz' had chances to level the match but bowed out swinging after reaching the knockout phase for the first time in their second World Cup.

Having not conceded a goal all tournament, Jamaica stifled the Colombians early, often leaving their players splayed on the turf with heavy tackles.

Lorena Bedoya Durango & Ivonne Chacon
Colombia's Lorena Bedoya Durango and Ivonne Chacon celebrate after the match. Photo: Reutrers/Hannah Mckay

Colombia wunderkind Linda Caicedo was kept quiet on the left flank, and the South Americans' first decent scoring chance had to wait until a corner in the 38th minute.

It was wasted, though, with Jorelyn Carabali sending a wild volley from the edge of the area sailing over the bar.

Referee Kate Jacewicz lost patience with the Jamaicans' physicality, handing out two yellow cards in five minutes to defender Chantelle Swaby and midfielder Drew Spence near half-time.

It was Colombia's new girl Ana Maria Guzman breaking the game open after the break, the 18-year-old full back finding Usme in space on the right with a long cross.

Usme took the ball past Jamaica defender Deneisha Blackwood and fired a low, left-foot strike inside the far post.

Jamaica had a golden chance to level three minutes later when Blackwood's corner picked out Jody Brown in front of goal but the midfielder's header pinged off the base of the left post.

Jamaica pushed forward in desperation as regulation time dwindled.

Drew Spence rose to meet a Tiffany Cameron cross but thumped her header just wide of the left post in the 82nd minute, allowing Colombia to hold firm to the finish.

Sommer brace fires France past Morocco

Eugenie Le Sommer scored twice as France eased to a 4-0 win over Morocco and set up a quarterfinal with co-hosts Australia.

Morocco had upset the odds to qualify for the last 16 at the expense of Germany in their debut appearance at the tournament but they never managed to lay a glove on Herve Renard's French side in Adelaide.

Kadidiatou Diani opened the scoring on the quarter-hour mark and it was 3-0 just after the midway point in the first half as Kenza Dali and Le Sommer added further goals.

Veteran striker Le Sommer, who is France's all-time top scorer, netted again 20 minutes from time before a crowd of 13,557 as Les Bleues advanced to the last eight with a minimum of fuss.

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