England take on Colombia in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium for their final group stage game of their Women’s World Cup campaign after a victory against Mexico put them in a strong position to qualify for the last 16.
They are currently on equal points with France, who beat them in the first game, and Mark Sampson’s side know that a win against Colombia will see them progress to the next round.
Should the Lionesses fail to win, they know that their fate will lie with the result of France and Mexico, alongside the outside chance of qualifying from finishing third.
Ideally, they will want to finish in one of the top two spots but they will face a side that have just produced one of the greatest shocks in Women’s World Cup history; with Colombia beating France, one of the favourites for this competition, 2-0.
Whilst Fabian Taborda’s side are the lowest-ranked team in Group F, they outclassed France in what was their first World Cup victory in their two-tournament history. Taborda’s team currently sit top of the group and are best placed to make it through to the next round, with a win or a draw guaranteeing them a spot in the next round.
Sampson’s team failed to take and create their chances in the defeat to France, but they worked on the positives and came out more attack-minded for the game against Mexico. Goals from Fran Kirby and Karen Carney earned the side their first victory of the competition and they will look to build on this again for the game on Wednesday.
Both sides are likely to be unchanged from their previous fixtures in what could be one of the most competitive games of the competition. Kirby, the only player to be selected from the second tier of the Women’s Super League, will be a key player for the Lionesses in this game, and many will look to her to replicate her performance from the game against Mexico.
Colombian forward, Lady Andrade, is another player to watch after impressing in the first two fixtures.
Shoot Says: England 2-1 Colombia