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England vs Colombia match preview
After avoid a massive scare in the round of 16, will England keep alive their hopes of World Cup glory?
Having won all three group games, including smashing China PR 6-1 to round-out the group stage, the Lionesses went into Monday’s clash with Nigeria as firm favourites, although it did not pan out this way.
The 11-times WAFCON winners were, by some distance, the better side in Brisbane, denied by the woodwork on three occasions.
The game’s key flash point came just three minutes before the end, when Lauren James was sent off for stamping on Michelle Alozie, a red card that will end her involvement in this tournament.
Obviously, going down to ten players can’t every be a good thing, but it provided Sarina Wiegman’s team with clarity, as they held on for a goalless draw during extra time and took the tie to penalties.
The usually reliable Georgia Stanway stepped up first, but fired her effort a long way wide, but was given a doubly-reprieve, with Nigeria missing the target with both of their first two spot-kicks.
Beth England, Rachel Daly and Alex Greenwood all held their nerve, presenting, who else, but Chloe Kelly with the chance to win it and, with one of the most powerful penalties you’ll ever see, she sent England through.
Since 1990, on both the men’s and women’s side, seven of the 17 World Cup winners have come through a penalty shootout at some point, with the Lionesses still in the hunt to add their name to that list.
Make no mistake about it though, the European Champions must improve, otherwise they will not reach the semi-finals at a third successive World Cup.
Colombia meantime are, by some distance, the lowest-ranked team left in the tournament, but they’ve already proved themselves to be capable of beating the best.
Against the odds, las Chicas Superpoderosas topped Group H, famously beating Germany 2-1, courtesy of Manuela Vanegas’ 99th minute header in Sydney.
Then, on Tuesday, Nelson Abadía’s team certainly had to battle but, in the end, they just about overcame a very stubborn Jamaica 1-0 at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.
The only goal came shortly after half time when Ana María Guzmán’s switch of play picked out Catalina Usme who controlled expertly and finished smartly.
Before this summer, las Cafeteras had only ever won one World Cup match, this against France in 2015, so they’ve already gone further than ever before, but are very much hungry for more.
So, Colombia certainly come into this clash at Sydney Olympic Stadium as underdogs but, against an England team who are not at all firing on all cylinders, this one could go either-way.
Who will be heading for home, and who will be remaining in Sydney, with a semi-final date against co-hosts Australia or France on Wednesday up for grabs?
England team news
As mentioned, Lauren James’ red card is likely to earn her a three-game ban so, even if England do get through this one, her tournament is over.
So, Chloe Kelly is likely to return to the front three, alongside Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo, which would certainly limit Sarina Wiegman’s options from the bench.
In better news, having suffered a serious-looking knee injury against Denmark, Kiera Walsh was back in the starting XI just ten days later, lasting the full two hours before being taken off on the cusp of penalties.
Initially in response to Walsh absence, Wiegman switched to a back three against China and then stuck with this shape on Monday, suggesting England will continue in this system.
Goalkeeper Mary Earps has conceded just three goals in ten major tournament appearances, desperately hoping to further improve that record her.
Predicted XI (3-4-3): Earps; Carter, Bright, Greenwood; Bronze, Stanway, Walsh, Daly; James, Hemp, Russo.
Colombia teams news
Colombia will welcome back star left-back Manuela Vanegas, who scored the 97th minute winner against Germany, but then sat out the tie with Jamaica due to yellow card accumulation.
The only decision Nelson Abadía has to make is in central midfield, where Diana Ospina, somewhat surprisingly, got the nod over Daniela Montoya on Tuesday.
Teenager Linda Caicedo has been one of the stars of this tournament, scoring in the wins over both Korea Republic and Germany, and is more than capable of giving Lucy Bronze nightmares here.
Catalina Usme, who bagged her 46th international goal in the round of 16, and Mayra Ramírez will complete a frightening front three.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Pérez; C Arias, D Arias, Carabalí, Vanegas; Bedoya, Montoya, Caicedo, Santos, Usme; Ramírez.