FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: England Advanced to Semis With 2-1 Win Over Colombia
England overcame a dangerous Colombia team to advance to the Women’s World Cup semifinals alongside co-hosts Australia. The European champions, who are the overwhelming favourites to win the tournament in Australia, have not played their finest game thus far in the competition, but this performance in front of a hostile Sydney crowd was considerably more well-rounded.
The Lionesses, who were largely disciplined in defence and diligent in attack, were rewarded with two pieces of luck that they took advantage of after custodian Mary Earps was defeated by a quick-thinking lob in the first half.
Just seven minutes after Leicy Santos had taken advantage of Earps, Lauren Hemp scored the equaliser when Colombian custodian Catalina Perez botched a straightforward gather in the six-yard area while being pressured by Alessia Russo. Russo, an Arsenal striker who had just one goal in four World Cup games prior to Saturday’s quarterfinal, put in a lot of work outside of possession to earn her chance, which she took advantage of by capitalising on a favourable deflection to score England’s second.
Later, Lorena Durango Bedoya’s attempt was deflected by Earps over the bar as England came under more pressure from Colombia’s excellent attacking lineup, which included teenage wonder Linda Caicedo of Real Madrid. The Lionesses’ next match is against co-hosts Australia on August 16 at 11:00 BST, live on BBC. They had to contend with a crowd of 75,784 who were mostly supporting Colombia.
The Lionesses will be playing in their third consecutive World Cup semi-final following losses to the USA in 2019 and Japan in 2015. England had to fight its way through the competition, defeating Nigeria on penalties in the round of 16 after edging out Haiti and Denmark by 1-0 scores in the group stages.England accomplished enough in front of goal to secure victory in a difficult match despite being without their leading scorer Lauren James, who was suspended after receiving a red card against Nigeria and is currently serving a two-match suspension.
Colombia, who were placed 21 spots lower than England, had previously demonstrated their value in Australia by defeating Euro 2022 champions Germany in the group stages and advancing with style. Due to concerns with their attacking lineup, England made a last-ditch effort to tie the game and put the Lionesses’ back five to the test.