Here's the video highlights from the United States' 2-0 win over Colombia:
Recap: The U.S. continues to move on in this World Cup, beating a Colombia side that backed up its ever growing reputation with an impressive performance. Once again victory for the U.S. was centered around a strong defensive showing, recording its third consecutive clean sheet. But once more, Jill Ellis’ team continued to look far from convincing going forward. It was only the red card early in the second half for Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez that really swung the Round of 16 match in favor of the U.S.
While Abby Wambach missed the resulting penalty, replacement goalkeeper Stefany Casano was a significant downgrade or the woman she replaced and was hugely culpable in letting Morgan’s shot beat her at her near post. Yet the fact that the U.S. relied on a goalkeeping error and then a second penalty converted by Carli Lloyd told its own story. The U.S. continues to struggle in possession, with one-dimensional play up to Wambach and a lack of fluency between the veteran striker and Morgan. There remains much for Ellis to ponder going forward especially as she’ll be unable to call upon Lauren Holiday and the Americans’ best creative player by far so far in this World Cup, Megan Rapinoe, in the quarterfinals against a resilient China side.
95 mins: And there's the final whistle! The United States beats Colombia 2-0, thanks to Alex Morgan’s strike and Carli Lloyd’s penalty, and will take on China in the World Cup quarterfinals in Ottawa on Friday. But it will go into the game without the suspended Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe.
91 mins: Colombia goalkeeper Castano continuing to look suspect, this time unconvincingly flapping away a corner.
90 mins: Five minutes of injury time to be played until the U.S. can celebrate reaching the quarterfinals.
88 mins: The final minutes being played out now, with the U.S. knowing it's heading for a quarterfinal against China in Ottawa on Friday.
84 mins: Colombia has struck a couple of decent efforts from distance, but Hope Solo has had them well covered. Despite having plenty of nice touches, Colombia has failed to get in beyond a strong U.S. defense.
83 mins: Julie Johnston does well to flick on a free-kick, but the ball just drifts wide of the far post.
80 mins: The U.S. makes its final change, as Lori Chalupny comes in for Ali Krieger for her first appearance of this Women’s World Cup.
77 mins: The newly arrived Press just unable to get her hooked volley on target after a good header across goal from Morgan.
75 mins: Lloyd showing some of her talent, skipping through a challenge in midfield and hitting a good shot that Castano holds.
75 mins: Rapinoe, who will miss the likely quarterfinal with China, is replaced by Christen Press for the last 15 minutes.
74 mins: Much of the U.S. passing is continuing to be off target. Jill Ellis’ side is still failing to take control of the game.
72 mins: Meanwhile, Colombia has made its second substitution, with Catalina Usme replacing Yoreli Roncon.
70 mins: It has to be said, despite having a numerical advantage and a 2-0 lead, the U.S. has still not played at a level you’d expect of a team hoping to lift the trophy.
69 mins: The U.S. makes its first substitution with Abby Wambach being replaced by Morgan Brian.
Here's a video of the foul on Rapinoe and the penalty converted by Lloyd:
More on the goal: After Wambach’s missed penalty at the start of the second half, Lloyd steps up this time and confidently sends the goalkeeper the wrong way to put the U.S., with a player advantage, into a lead it surely won’t relinquish.
66 mins: Carli Lloyd scores! USA 2-0 Colombia
65 mins: Penalty for the U.S. This time the referee does point to the spot after a Clavijo challenge on Rapinoe that was remarkably similar to the one not given just a few minutes ago.
62 mins: Rapinoe goes down in the box appealing vociferously for a penalty after an extremely clumsy tackle from Angela Clavijo, but the referee waved play on this time.
58 mins: A huge test now for Colombia trying to come back from a goal down and with a player fewer.
Here's a video of that Alex Morgan goal to give the U.S. 1-0 lead over Colombia:
More on the goal: After being played in down the right of the box, Morgan fired the ball across goal and Castano made a hash of the attempted save, only succeeding in helping it into her own net.
53 mins: The United States takes the lead! Alex Morgan with the goal.
52 mins: Here’s the penalty and red card incident for a foul on Alex Morgan and the missed penalty by Wambach.
49 mins: Wambach puts the penalty wide! The top scorer in the history of international soccer sent the newly arrived Colombia goalkeeper the wrong way but got her kick all wrong. Big let off for Colombia and a huge missed chance for the U.S.
49 mins: Colombia sacrifices Ingird Vidal to bring on reserve goalkeeper Castano. Wambach to take the penalty.
47 mins: Red card for Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez and a penalty for the U.S.! Alex Morgan brought down right on the line of the penalty area after running through on goal.
46 mins: And the match is back underway in Edmonton, as we still await the first goal.
Half-time recap: More of the same so far, it has to be said, for the United States. The defense has again been solid, but in possession the team is relying far too much on direct balls forward and showing little sign of having a genuine plan to break down the opposition. After Catalina Perez pulled off a fine early save from Tobin Heath, Colombia has largely defended well and, in truth, shown more fluency in possession. The big test is whether Colombia can maintain its intensity or whether the USA’s fitness and strength off the bench will prove decisive. No doubt who’ll be the happier coach at halftime, though, and it’s not Jill Ellis.
46 mins: And that’s halftime, still USA 0-0 Colombia.
45 mins: One minute of stoppage time to be played at the end of the first half.
41 mins: Rapinoe now goes into the referee’s book and she, along with Holiday, will miss the quarterfinal if the U.S. gets through. That’s a huge blow for the Americans, with Rapinoe having been the most consistently productive creative player for the team so far in this World Cup.
40 mins: Colombia now applying some pressure, winning a free-kick deep in opposition territory and then two corners. The U.S. defense manages to get the ball to safety.
38 mins: Very predictable so far from the U.S., relying on its physicality but showing precious little invention. The ingenuity is coming from Colombia.
34 mins: Colombia doing a really good job, too, of applying pressure to the U.S. when in possession. Big test is whether it can keep it up for 90 minutes against a U.S. team that has time and again benefited from its superb fitness.
33 mins: Colombia certainly made some bold comments ahead of the match, but the team is backing it up so far on the pitch. Las Cafeteras is showing some really confident touches on the ball, while the U.S. is again lacking fluency going forward.
31 mins: This is still the best moment of skill so far, courtesy of Colombia’s Lady Andrade.
28 mins: A hopeful cross put in by Holiday and Morgan heads downs and toward goal at the back post but Perez tips the effort behind. The U.S., unsurprisingly, looking most dangerous with balls hit aerially into the box.
24 mins: Colombia will be happy with this so far, having seen off that initial U.S. pressure and starting to get more possession of its own.
19 mins: From the resulting corner, Wambach and Carli Lloyd go for the same ball at the back post and end up getting in each other’s way and letting a chance slip by. Still goalless in Edmonton.
19 mins: Chance for the U.S., but Julie Johnston’s effort off a set-piece was deflected over the crossbar.
17 mins: Lauren Holiday fouls Yoreli Rincon and earns a yellow card that means she’ll miss the quarterfinal if the U.S. makes it through. Looked a tough call from the referee that one, not much in it.
16 mins: Close for the U.S. Really nice play from Meghan Klingenberg down the left, but her in-swinging cross just evades the head of Wambach in the middle.
15 mins: Here’s a look at that first big Perez save and Wambach having her goal ruled out for offside.
14 mins: Perez is called into action again, this time batting away a powerful shot from Wambach from the edge of the box.
13 mins: The first corner for the U.S. just evades the head of Wambach at the back post.
10 mins: Really good free-kick delivery from Orianica Velasquez, but the U.S. deals with it and Daniela Montoya shoots wildly over from distance.
8 mins: A good first attack from Colombia ends with its star player Lady Andrade skillfully trying to cut between two U.S. defenders but just unable to stay on her feet in the penalty box.
7 mins: The U.S. is applying a lot of pressure early on. Important for Colombia to see off this initial onslaught.
4 mins: Goal ruled out! Wambach put the ball into the net after Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez superbly saved but couldn't hold onto a shot from Heath. Wambach, though, was just offside.
2 mins: While the personnel is the same, there’s a change in positioning for the U.S., with Megan Rapinoe starting on the left flank and Tobin Heath this time on the right.
1 min: And we’re underway. Colombia trying to cause an even bigger upset than its win over France, the U.S. aiming to avoid its earliest ever exit at a Women’s World Cup. It has to be said there are an awful lot of empty seats in Edmonton.
7:54 p.m. EDT: The two teams are now coming out onto the pitch for the national anthems. Almost time for kickoff.
7:49 p.m. EDT: So for the first time in this World Cup, U.S. coach Jill Ellis keeps the same starting lineup. That means Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan again start in tandem up front.
7:47 p.m. EDT: Less than 15 minutes until kickoff between the U.S. and Colombia in Edmonton. Here’s a look at the two starting lineups:
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Preview: The United States women’s soccer team begins the business end of the World Cup on Monday when it takes on Colombia in the Round of 16. The U.S., aiming to win its first World Cup title since 1999, recorded seven points in the first phase to top Group D, earning a meeting with one of the tournament’s surprise packages.
Colombia finished third in Group F, losing to England and only drawing with Mexico, but it recorded a huge upset when beating one of the tournament favorites France, 2-0. Still, the South American side will begin what is its first ever World Cup knockout match as significant underdogs, having been comfortably beaten, 3-0, by the U.S. in the teams’ two previous meetings in the group stages of the 2011 World Cup and 2012 Olympics.
That, though, hasn’t stopped Colombia from stoking the flames ahead of Monday’s clash in Edmonton. It was during that match at the Olympics that Colombia forward Lady Andrade earned a suspension for striking U.S. veteran Abby Wambach in the eye from behind. But it has been Colombia using the buildup to accuse the U.S. of showing a lack of respect, although the Americans have shied away from responding.
After losing in the final four years ago, the U.S. is desperate to go one better this time. The most positive signs so far have come from impressive defensive displays in shutting out both Sweden and Nigeria. Yet the team has only managed one goal in its last 180 minutes of play, and the attack is still very much a work in progress. Still, Alex Morgan is expected to be in the lineup again against Colombia, having made her first start in more than two months last time out.
You can follow live updates and video highlights of the Round of 16 clash right here once it kicks off at 8 p.m. EDT.