U.S. eliminate Colombia, Bronze pure gold for England
By Simon Evans
EDMONTON (Reuters) - The United States capitalized on Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez's dismissal to earn a 2-0 win and set up a women's World Cup quarter-final against China, while England continue to build up a head of steam after coming from behind to beat Norway.
England's reward for fighting back in sweltering conditions to record a 2-1 victory is a last-eight tie against hosts Canada in Vancouver on Saturday.
The United States will face China a day earlier in a repeat of the 1999 final but they had to work for their win at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton and only took control of the game with the sending off of Perez after half-time.
Despite a series of unconvincing displays, U.S. coach Jill Ellis was happy with the way her team were finding a way to win.
“This is the World Cup, I am really satisfied with advancing,” said Ellis. “It is about finding a way. I thought we stroked the ball around pretty well at times. So I am pleased with where we are."
The game turned the Americans' way shortly after half-time when Alex Morgan was brought down just inside the area by Perez, who was then sent off.
Abby Wambach missed the penalty but the opening goal arrived in the 53rd minute when substitute goalkeeper Stefany Castano failed to deal with a near-post shot from Morgan.
The United States doubled their advantage 13 minutes later when Megan Rapinoe was brought down in the box and this time Carli Lloyd was given the penalty-taking duties and made no mistake from the spot. Continued...