Colombia and Spain gave away an entertaining 1-1 draw, which left all European teams in the face of a potential qualification for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 quarterfinals.
The match started with both teams going with everything they had, in order to claim the win. This was the first half hour, since both teams bet on the prolix and safe transfer of the ball, at the same time that they missed several plays of a stopper ball.
As the match was progressing, Spain was starting to take control. It did not overwhelm its rival, but pushed it against its field, although they ended up 0-0 to the halftime.
The second half was the real spectacle. All the goals came soon and together.
Spain opened the score (’52) with a goal from number 9 Maria Okoye, when she took advantage of a strange play, which seemed to end in the hands of the rival goalkeeper, but ended up on the Spanish player’s foot to score, after a bad clearance from the Colombia defence.
But the happiness for Spain didn’t last long. One minute was the necessary time for Colombia to tie the match after Gisela Robledo received a great pass from Lina Jaime to set despite the two rivals’ mark.
After the unexpected turn of events, the duel gained in intensity. Spain attacked, Colombia counterattacked. Spain had the chance to get back on the lead after Eva Navarro missed an incredible chance after a shot by Claudia Pina on the horizontal.
Now, next Wednesday 21, Spain, which is running second with only 4 points, will seek qualification against Canada in Montevideo. Canada still leading the classification of Group D with 6 points.
That same day, but in Colonia, Colombia, which is third with 1 point, must beat the Republic of Korea and wait for the result of the other match.
And that’s all for the moment. Here are the highlights of yesterday’s match. Who will get through the next stage? Will it be Spain or will it be Colombia? Wait and see.