The Colombian national team defeated the Argentina national team 1–0 for the first semi-final of the 2022 Copa América Femenina, and qualified for the tournament’s grand finals, the World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand, and the Olympic Games in Paris 2024. A fairly complex commitment, which they managed to unlock in part supplemented with annotations by Linda Cassado.
The commitment began with the intensity of the Colombians, who attacked on the right flank in the first minutes, but without much depth and little clarity in the final meters of the field. Then it was the turn of the Argentine, who had a fairly clear approach and Lizzie Santos was able to take it out in a corner kick before the opponent’s shot.
On the 16th minute, Argentina came close again and after a poor rejection by Daniela Arias, Colombia’s field had the clearest chance with a recovery of the ball. Yamila Rodriguez assisted Estefania Banini, finished a cross and goalkeeper Catalina Pérez shoved the ball to the side.
Around the 25th minute, the tricolor came into play with a threat for the first time and, trying to negate it with a charge by Lacey Santos and Mariana Larroquet, she nearly put it on her doorstep. Later, coffee pots had more possession of the ball and there were scenes of attack on the left, with Linda Cassado, Lizzie and Myra Ramirez.
In the final moments of the first half, Colombia made a quick counterattack after recovering a ball in their field, Lacey assisted Myra, who went several meters forward, hitting the rival defenders with a hook and the lone goalkeeper Vanina Correa. Defined in front, with defined left foot, hitting the right corner of the goal.
For the supplementary phase, the locals continued with equal intensity, but slightly ahead of the opposite goal, looking for spaces, but the trip made a good run in defense and narrowed the gap down to Lizzie, who took the team’s lead. Pull the wire
On the 59th minute, Albiceleste reached the Colombian goal again with a quick lead, María Bon Segundo took a shot from outside the field and controlled goalkeeper Catalina Pérez at the same time. Four minutes later, Colombia responded with a promising advance on the right flank with Monica Ramos crossing the opponent’s defence, Linda controlling the rebound and one with her left foot to score 1–0. Defined cross.
At the age of 67, the tricolor made the first change. Liana Salazar entered by Daniela Montoya. Then in that resumption, the team approached left field again, with Lacey hitting and controlling goalkeeper Vanina Correa in two periods. Five minutes later, Gabriela Chávez’s expulsion left Gaucha short with a player who grabbed Myra and received a second yellow card.
With results in favor in the final minutes and an extra player on the field of play, the national team was able to control those crucial moments and qualify for the finals where Brazil or Paraguay await qualification for the World Cup 2023 Australia and New Zealand. Were were and the Olympic Games in Paris 2024. For their part, Argentina will wait for one of the other two rivals from the second key to play for third place.
Juan Andres Arias Arias
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