Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Cup Roundup

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Cup Roundup

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Colombia pulls off upset with win over No. 3 France

Lady Andrade and Catalina Usme scored goals as Colombia stunned third-ranked France 2-0 Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick, in one of the biggest upsets in Women's World Cup history.

The underdog Colombians opened the scoring in the 19th minute. Andrade broke free from a pair of defenders for a tap-in goal.

Usme clinched her country's first World Cup win with a goal on the counter attack in the 93rd minute.

"We've proved that we're not just here to make up the numbers. We knew that we'd have to play intelligently and fight for every ball. My players are real battlers," Colombia coach Fabian Taborda said of his 28th-ranked team.

The French lost despite outshooting Colombia 21-3. Much of that was due to the play of Colombian goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda, who made a number of sprawling saves that increasingly frustrated the French attack.

"There were numerous aspects that weren't quite right. We weren't accurate enough with our passes at key moments. Despite that, we still created chances, but their goalkeeper had a great match," France coach Philippe Bergeroo said.

France was unlucky as well. Colombian defender Daniela Montoya appeared to touch the ball with her hand inside the penalty area in the 67th minute, but a foul wasn't called.

Brazil 1, Spain 0 * Andressa Alves scored in the 44th minute as Brazil earned a spot in the knockout stage with a win in Montreal.

The win is the eighth straight in group stage play for Brazil, which is unbeaten in 14 group matches since a loss to Germany in 1995.

Spain (0-1-1) controlled the game for much of the first half, but Brazil closed the half with a flurry capped by Alves' goal.

England 2, Mexico 1 * Fran Kirby and Karen Carney scored in the second half, and England beat Mexico in Moncton.

The English moved into a tie with France for second in Group F.

Kirby got the first goal of the World Cup for England when she used a toe poke to beat Cecilia Santiago in the 71st minute. Carney scored on a header in the 82nd minute.

Fabiola Ibarra scored in stoppage time for Mexico.

South Korea 2, Costa Rica 2 * Karla Villalobos came off the bench to score in the 89th minute as Costa Rica escaped with a draw against South Korea.

South Korea led 2-1 after a 25th-minute header by Gaeul Jeon and appeared poised to win its first game in World Cup history.

However, Villalobos equalized in the closing moments to earn Costa Rica (0-0-2) a second straight draw in Group E.



GROUP A w l t gf ga pts

Canada 1 0 1 1 0 4

China 1 1 0 1 1 3

Netherlands 1 1 0 1 1 3

New Zealand 0 1 1 0 1 1

Saturday, June 6

Canada 1, China 0

Netherlands 1, New Zealand 0

Thursday, June 11

China 1, Netherlands 0

Canada 0, New Zealand 0

Monday, June 15

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