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  • Writer's pictureBlayne Treadgold

World Cup 2023 - Colombia edge out Jamaica as France storm into final eight - Match Day 19

Colombia and France become the final two teams to qualify for the final eight of the 2023 Women's World Cup.

Colombia became just the second South American nation to qualify for the Quarter Finals of a Women's World Cup as they triumphed 1-nil over Jamaica in Melbourne. A second half goal by Captain Catalina Usme was enough to see the Colombian edge out a well organised Jamaican side. Jamaica went into the match having not conceded a goal in three matches as they looked to adapt to the physical style of the Colombians but in a cagey first half with few scoring opportunities, both teams struggled to gain full control of the match.

Colombia continued to test the Jamaican defence and found an in as the Caribbeans failed to deal with a Leicy Santos corner, only for Jorelyn Carabali to blast the ball over the bar. The Colombians showed their South American class in the second half as Usme finally broke the deadlock. Full-back Ana Maria Guzmán's cross-field ball found Usme, whose curling effort found the net. Jamaica's Drew Spence had a golden chance deep in the second half to tie things up, but her free-header failed to hit the target. The Colombian win now sets up a meeting with England in Sydney on Saturday night. In Adelaide, France thrashed Morocco to set up a Quarter Final clash with host nation, Australia. Goals in each half to French stalwart Eugenie Le Sommer helped France to a big 4-nil win. France opened the floodgates as Sakina Karchaoui found Kadidiatou Diani unmarked on the edge of the 6-yard box, as she nodded home past a hapless Moroccan keeper. France doubled their advantage when Kenza Dali's volley rebound off the post and into the net.

Le Sommer added to the first half rout as she finished off the loose ball following more poor Moroccan defence to see France take a 3-nil lead into the break. Despite Morocco showing more in the second half, it all became too much as Grace Geyoro crucially intercepted a Moroccan pass in their defensive half. Le Sommer became the recipient of the Moroccan blunder as she put the game out of reach on 70 minutes. Teams will now have two rest days before the Quarter Final's kick-off on Match Day 20 on Friday. It's an all European affair when Spain clash with Netherlands on Friday morning, while Japan will take on Sweden in the afternoon. On Saturday, Australia will take on France in front of a capacity crowd at Lange Park in Brisbane, while England will meet Colombia in Sydney.

Quarter Finals Spain v Netherlands Friday 11 August 9:00 WST Japan v Sweden Friday 11 August 15:30 WST Australia v France Saturday 12 August 15:00 WST England v Colombia Saturday 12 August 18:30 WST Stay tuned to 91.3 SportFM to keep up to date with all the daily news and score updates from the 2023 Women's World Cup thanks to the WA Electric Company.

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