By Alan Duffy
England secured their place in the last 16 of the World Cup after a deserved 2-0 win against Colombia.
Colombia, fresh from their shock 2-0 win against France, started brightly.
However. the Lionesses soon found their feet and went close when Casey Stoney, in her first appearance of the competition, heading over the bar after a corner.
The goal eventually came, on 15 minutes, with Karen Carney netting her second of the tournament after ‘keeper Sandra Sepulveda failed to hold Steph Houghton’s free-kick.
England continued to dominate, with Arsenal’s Jordan Nobbs, in her first start of the competition, impressing in midfield.
A second goal eventually came on 36 minutes, with Fara Wiliiams converting from the penalty spot after Carolina Arias was rather harshly penalised for a handball in the box.
After the break, Yoreli Rincón almost netted for the South Americans, with her long-range strike just missing the top corner of the England goal.
England boss Mark Sampson sent on Lianne Sanderson and Jo Potter as the game became disjointed, with Arsenal striker Sanderson hitting the woodwork.
Jodie Taylor was then felled by Sepulveda, who was way outside her box, with the ‘keeper lucky not to be shown red. Colombia eventually did get on the scoresheet at the death, with Lady Andrade lobbing Karen Bardsley in the England goal.
However, England hung on to secure second place in Group F, setting up a very tough last 16 clash with Norway.
Highlights to follow…
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