Colombia and France Advance Into The Quarter Finals of FIFA Women's World Cup

Colombia and France Advance Into The Quarter Finals of FIFA Women's World Cup
Olivia Mapwata
Olivia Mapwata

After a thrilling two matches today, 8 August, Colombia and France have secured the last two spots in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 quarter-finals.

Colombia faced Jamaica in their Round of 16 fixture to advance to the next round. The Reggae Girlz’ World Cup dreams came to an end after a 1-0 defeat against Colombia. 

The first half saw an intense deadlock between both sides, where there were only two shots on target. The opening minutes of the second half is when the deadlock broke - Colombia’s Captain Catalina Usme scored a calm and collected goal in the 51st minute to put the Reggae Girlz behind. Jamaica almost equalised as Jody Brown’s header was denied by the goalpost. An 18- year old Linda Caicedo also had a chance to double Colombia’s lead but the shot was overpowered and went over the bar. 

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Colombia have now made history in this World Cup as they have qualified for the quarter finals for the first time. They will face England in the quarter final round on Saturday the 12th of August at 11:30AM GMT at the Stadium Australia in Sydney.

Hervé Renard’s France Squad went on to defeat Morocco in the final Round of 16 match in Hindmarsh Stadium. The Blues put 4 goals past a goalless Moroccan side.

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The scoreline opened in the 15th minute after a sneaky header from Kadidiatou Diani on receiving Sakina Karchaoui’s perfectly placed cross.  Five minutes later Kenza Dali doubled the Blue’s lead with a striking finish from Diani’s assist. Striker Eugénie Le Sommer added to the tally in the 23rd minute. She is France’s top scorer in the Women’s World Cup. Le Sommer doubled her contribution in the 70th minute to seal France’s win as they now advance into the Quarter Finals.

Morocco have also made history, not only for their nation but for North Africa, in being the first to qualify for the Round of 16. 

France will play their  Quarter Final fixture against the hosts Australia on Saturday the 12th of August at 8AM GMT at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

 

FIFA Women's Quarter Final Schedule

Spain vs Netherlands -  Friday 11th August 2AM GMT

Japan vs Sweden - Friday 11th August 8:30 GMT

Australia vs France - Saturday 12th August 8AM GMT

England vs Colombia - Saturday 12th August  11:30AM GMT

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