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England women edged Colombia 2-1 to reach the World Cup semifinals for the third consecutive time. The Lionesses had to come from behind in this match before eventually, Russo’s second-half goal gave them yet another dramatic and narrow win in this tournament. Here’s how it all happened and also our England women vs Colombia player ratings.
England started well and Russo sent a header straight at the keeper to send an early warning. Daly was the liveliest Lioness out there in the first half and her constant forays forward carried a major threat. Daly had 2 shots that needed saving too, while Russo went inches wide on the volley half an hour in.
Colombia mostly defended deep early on but with every passing minute, Las Chicas were feeling more and more confident. The South Americans took the lead on the stroke of halftime when Santos caught Erps out of position to score.
Probably the crucial moment of the match came in the added time of the opening period when a costly mistake from Perez gifted Hemp an equaliser.
Inspired by that England charged forward again in the second half. The Lionesses lacked bite it seems but then a moment of individual brilliance from Russo just past the hour mark saw England edging in front.
Colombia refused to give up though and only an elastic fingertip save from Erps to deny Bedoya and a series of blocked shots from brave defenders saw England eventually cross the line as the just-about-deserved winners.
The Lionesses Player Ratings: once again unbreakable character on display
GK Mary Earps 6.4/10
DF Lucy Bronze 7.8/10
DF Alex Greenwood 7.4/10
DF Millie Bright 7.5/10
DF Jessica Carter 7.4/10
DF Rachel Daly 7.2/10
MF Georgia Stanway 7.1/10
MF Keira Walsh 6.9/10
MF Ella-Ann Toone 6.5/10
FW Lauren Hemp 7.5/10
FW Alessia Russo 8.1/10
Both English substitutes were made inside the final 20 minutes, so there was no time for those players to be ranked.
Colombia Player Ratings: Las Chicas tried and could have…
GK Perez Jaramillo 5.4/10
DF Vanegas 7.3/10
DF Caraballi 6.2/10
DF Daniela Arias 7.0/10
DF Guzman N/A
MF Ospina 6.1/10
MF Santos 7.7/10
MF Bedoya Dias 7.3/10
MF Caicedo 7.2/10
MF Ramirez 6.1/10
FW Catalina Usme 6.7/10
DF Arias 6.3/10
MF Giraldo 5.8/10
The other 2 substitutions were made inside the final 15 minutes so those players didn’t spend enough time on the pitch to receive ratings.
Player of the Match: Alessia Russo
England’s match-winner Alessia Russo not only scored the decisive goal but she was the main threat for Colombia all game. Her movement off the ball, her ability to beat opponents one-on-one and her great finish to win the game easily makes up pick her as our Player of the Match.
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