Two teams that few would have predicted before the tournament to make it this far, Colombia and Jamacia go head to head on Monday, August 8 in the knockout stage of the Women’s World Cup in Melbourne, Australia
It is the last remaining CONCACAF team vs. the last CONMEBOL side left in this tournament. There are going to be a whole lot of firsts at the conclusion of this match.
Jamaica has never defeated a South American side at a World Cup while Colombia is winless when encountering CONCACAF nations on this stage. In addition, both the Reggae Girlz and the Colombians will be seeking their first World Cup quarterfinal berth in their Women’s World Cup history.
Nelson Abadía’s team enter the knockout stage as the remarkable winners of Group H, a set of four teams that included a two-time world champion. Behind the 18-year-old sensation, Linda Caicedo, the South American outfit beat both South Korea and Germany in the first two group stage matches. Though the nation fell short against the African side, Morocco, Abadía’s still managed to qualify following the German’s 1-1 draw with Colin Bell’s South Korea. The CONMEBOL Copa América Femenina runners-up to Brazil are in its third Women’s World Cup, reaching the Round of 16 once before. The USWNT took the Colombians out of the 2015 World Cup in the knockout round 2-0.
While Catalina Usme is an important piece to the frontline, and Manuela Vanegas holds hold it down in the back, Caicedo is the straw that stirs the drink for this side. The youngster leads the team with two goals through three matches, scoring what is bound to be a finalist for Goal of the Tournament against the juggernaut that is Germany.
Breaking down this Jamaican defense has been something no team has managed to do through the group stage. France, Brazil, and Panama all failed to find the back of the net against Lorne Donaldson’s organized backline. Allyson Swaby has the country’s only goal of the tournament in a 1-0 victory over Panama.
The fact that this group of players is fighting for a quarterfinal spot given the circumstances the federation has presented it with is a testament to the character and resiliency of each and every one of them. Midfielder Drew Spence has been one of the standout performers for this CONCACAF side, leading the team in progressive passes and tackles plus interceptions. At some point, the Reggae Girlz are going to need to score. With Manchester City’s Khadija “Bunny” Shaw up top, that moment of magic is without question inside of them.
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The victor from this match will take on England (without Lauren James) following its penalty shoot-out triumph over Nigeria. The quarterfinal contest will be played on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 a.m. EST at Stadium Australia. Colombia has met the Lionesses in the World Cup once in the past back in the group stage of 2015 when Fara Williams won the English the contest. The Jamaicans are yet to take down a European outfit at a major tournament.