Women's World Cup - Group F
England Women2Colombia Women1

England Women 2-1 Colombia Women

  • Carney and Williams send England into last 16
  • England finish second in Group F, France first
  • Third successive appearance in knockout stages
  • Norway up next for Mark Sampson's side on Monday

England will face Norway in the second round of the Women's World Cup after victory over Colombia ensured they qualified second in Group F.

Mark Sampson's side established control early on and went ahead when Karen Carney scored from close range following Steph Houghton's free-kick.

By the break England were 2-0 up as Fara Williams slammed home a penalty for her 38th international goal.

Lady Andrade scored in injury time to give England a few nervous moments and although Sampson's side held on, they missed out on top spot on goal difference after France beat Mexico 5-0 in the other Group F match.

England will face a sterner test in the second round against Norway, ranked five places below them at 11th in the world, in Ottawa on Monday.

But at least having finished second in their group, Sampson's side have avoided a potential quarter-final tie against world number ones Germany.

Colombia had already qualified for the second round after reaching four points going into Wednesday's game but England were more energetic than in their previous matches and they capitalised on a succession of free-kicks conceded by their robust opponents.

Led by the effervescent Carney, who was one of five changes after her goal off the bench in the 2-1 win over Mexico, England took the lead after 15 minutes.

They faced some hostile Colombian support, with the South American nation's fans making up the vast majority of the 13,862 crowd inside the 60,000-seat Olympic Stadium.

But former England skipper Casey Stoney - one of the five changes - could easily have put her side ahead with a well-worked corner routine two minutes earlier, before Carney fired in after Sandra Sepulveda had parried Houghton's free-kick.

After losing their opener, England won their last two group games to seal a place in the last 16

Another Houghton free-kick led to England doubling their lead. Colombia failed to clear and Toni Duggan's effort hit Carolina Arias's arm, with the referee pointing to the spot.

England's record cap holder Williams made no mistake on her 144th appearance.

Colombia had threatened through the trickery of Andrade, and Arias almost made amends before the break when Karen Bardsley was quickly out to save the full-back's shot.

As England became less of a threat in the second half, the team ranked 28th in the world began to take more control of the game.

And, after England substitute Lianne Sanderson had hit the post, they finally got on the scoreboard deep into injury time when Andrade looped the ball over Bardsley.

Sampson's side were buoyed by the introduction of striker Jodie Taylor, who has been recovering from injury, meaning they have now used all 20 outfield players in the group stages.

After a stuttering start to their campaign, England appear to be gaining momentum at just the right time.

In the group's other game, France had little trouble seeing off Mexico, who finished bottom of the standings, with Marie Laure Delie opening the scoring after just 35 seconds.

Eugenie Le Sommer scored a brace while a Jennifer Ruiz own goal and Amandine Henry's superb drive completed the dominant win for the group winners.

England are into the knockout stages after winning two of their three group games


England Women

  • 1Bardsley
  • 2ScottBooked at 65mins
  • 5Houghton
  • 15Stoney
  • 14Greenwood
  • 7Nobbs
  • 4Williams
  • 11Moore
  • 10CarneySubstituted forSandersonat 56'minutes
  • 18DugganSubstituted forTaylorat 81'minutes
  • 22KirbySubstituted forPotterat 66'minutes


  • 3Rafferty
  • 6Bassett
  • 8Scott
  • 9Aluko
  • 12Bronze
  • 13Chamberlain
  • 16Chapman
  • 17Potter
  • 19Taylor
  • 20Sanderson
  • 21Telford
  • 23White

Colombia Women

  • 12SepúlvedaBooked at 85mins
  • 17AriasBooked at 37mins
  • 14Arias
  • 13Clavijo
  • 9Velásquez
  • 3Gaitán
  • 6Montoya
  • 4OspinaSubstituted forSantosat 83'minutes
  • 10Rincon TorresSubstituted forArizaat 74'minutes
  • 16Andrade
  • 11UsmeBooked at 36minsSubstituted forVidalat 58'minutes


  • 1Castano Cardoso
  • 2Arbeláez
  • 5Granados
  • 7Vidal
  • 8Pineda
  • 15Ariza
  • 18Cuesta
  • 19Santos
  • 20Cosme
  • 21Echeverri
  • 22Pérez
  • 23Gonzalez
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1Canada Women31202115
2China Women31113304
3Netherlands Women31112204
4New Zealand Women302123-12


1Germany Women3210151147
2Norway Women32108267
3Thailand Women3102310-73
4Ivory Coast Women3003316-130


1Japan Women33004139
2Cameroon Women32019366
3Switzerland Women310211473
4Ecuador Women3003117-160


1USA Women32104137
2Australia Women31114404
3Sweden Women30304403
4Nigeria Women301236-31


1Brazil Women22003036
2Costa Rica Women20203302
3Spain Women201112-11
4South Korea Women201124-21


1France Women32016246
2England Women32014316
3Colombia Women31114314
4Mexico Women301228-61
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