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USA negotiate Colombia hurdle
 Women's Football News 23 Jun 2015
 
USA 2 (Morgan 53, Lloyd pen 66) Colombia 0
The United States are safely through to the quarter finals after two half goals ended the challenge of a valiant Colombian side that played nearly all of the second half with ten players. 
 
USA were quickly into their stride and thought they had taken an early lead when Carli Lloyd's shot was parried by Catalina Perez and Abby Wambach bundled the rebound home but the goal was ruled out by an offside flag.
 
Perez made another fine stop from Wambach's strike following a flick on by Alex Morgan whilst Julie Johnston fired a decent chance over the bar. Colombia had plenty of the play during the first half but it was USA who were carving out the better of the chances and Morgan was next to be denied by Perez from a downward header, with the scoreline remaining goalless at the interval.
 
The crucial moment of the match came two minutes into the second half, as Megan Rapinoe's long ball was chased down by Morgan who was brought down by the advancing Perez. The goalkeeper was red carded for the challenge and a penalty was awarded but the foul may have occurred just outside the area. After a delay whilst a substitution was made, Wambach took the kick but sent her shot wide of the target.
 
American frustration was to turn to joy just six minutes later. Ali Krieger fed Morgan in the area with a good pass and her cross-shot may well have been intended for Wambach but Stefany Castano was instead beaten on her near post, getting a hand to the ball but only being able to help it on into the net.
 
Colombian resistance was finally ended midway through the half, when Meghan Klingenberg threaded a fine ball for Rapinoe to take into the area where she was baulked by Angela Clavijo and a second penalty was awarded. This time Lloyd was the taker and made no mistake by planting her shot straight down the middle.
 
Although Colombia did not give up, they never really looked like denting the USA's lead and Jill Ellis' side will now be up against China in the last eight, albeit without Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday who are both suspended after receiving second yellow cards. 
 
USA: Hope Solo, Ali Krieger (sub Lori Chalupny 81mins), Meghan Klingenberg, Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston, Lauren Holiday, Megan Rapinoe (sub Christen Press 75mins), Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach (sub Morgan Brian 69mins), Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath.

Colombia: Catalina Perez, Nataly Arias, Natalia Gaitan, Diana Ospina, Carolina Arias, Daniela Montoya (sub Leicy Santos 85mins), Ingrid Vidal (sub Stefany Castano 49mins), Angela Clavijo, Orianica Velasquez, Yoreli Rincon (sub Catalina Usme 72mins), Lady Andrade.

Player of the match: Carli Lloyd.


 
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