Lady Andrade and Catalina Usme scored goals as COLOMBIA stunned third-ranked FRANCE, 2-0, in Moncton, New Brunswick, in one of the biggest upsets in Women’s World Cup history.
Andressa Alves scored in the 44th minute as BRAZIL earned a spot in the knockout stage with a 1-0 win over SPAIN in Montreal. Brazil is unbeaten in its last 14 group matches.
Karla Villalobos entered as a substitute in the 76th minute and scored in the 89th to enable COSTA RICA to escape with a 2-2 draw against SOUTH KOREA in Montreal.
Fran Kirby and Karen Carney scored in the second half, and ENGLAND beat MEXICO, 2-1, in Moncton.
STAR OF THE DAY
Goalkeeper Sandra Sepúlveda had six saves in shutting out France as Colombia scored its first World Cup win despite being outshot, 21-3. The French had the ball for 60 percent of the game.
The scoreless tie between the United States and Sweden on Friday night drew the biggest television audience for a Women’s World Cup group stage match and the fourth-largest for any game in the tournament’s history.
The game averaged 4.5 million viewers on Fox. The Americans’ 3-1 opening win over Australia on Monday had set the previous high for a group stage match with 3.3 million viewers on Fox Sports 1.
Fox said Saturday that the only previous Women’s World Cup matches to draw larger audiences were the 1999 and
2011 finals, and a 1999 semifinal.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“In a game like that, it’s a great feeling to have her in.”
Carli Lloyd, midfielder, on Abby Wambach’s entry into the United States’ tie on Friday.
Information from The Associated Press
Sunday is the second rest day of the first round, a curious decision for a tournament that has struggled to sell tickets. The final games in Groups A and B will be played Monday.
Germany, which will play Thailand, remains in the driver’s seat to win Group A because its 10-0 win over Ivory Coast in its opener gives it a significant advantage in goal difference if it ends up tied with Norway atop the group.
Even a tie with the Norwegians on Thursday did not rattle the confidence of Coach Silvia Neid.
“All in all,” Neid said after that game, “we were the better team.”