After a similar game, in which both teams showed their hierarchy, Colombia defeated Argentina in the first semi-final of the Copa América Femenina. Linda Cassado, a young player of only 17 years, scored the only goal of the game. One that not only qualifies the tricolor team in the finals of the tournament, but also gives it a direct pass to the 2023 World Cup and 2024 Olympic Games.
A win that counts for three. Colombia beat Argentina 1-0 with a cross shot from the left foot of player Linda Cassado. a win that opens the way for the final of the women’s Copa America, but also for the 2023 World Cup which will be played in Australia and New Zealand; and for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The goal was celebrated by fans of the Colombian team, who painted the Alfonso López Stadium yellow in Bucaramanga, the country’s north-east city that hosted the tournament’s final examples. About 14,000 spectators took part in the meeting.
Triumph also has a taste for revenge. The Nelson Abadia-led group reversed the scene in 2018, when Argentina beat Colombia 3-1 in the final home run of the Copa America in Chile.
With this Monday’s meeting, Colombia have added three wins against Argentina to the 12 occasions they have met. Albicelestes took four wins and the two teams added a balance of five draws.
Close start of the match with control of the tricolor in the second half
The first half was marked by interruptions in the midfield from the start of the cut-off to the game. However, Colombia got a place against an Argentine team held in defence.
Deportivo Cali player Linda Cassado overflowed on several occasions and unbalanced the Albicest team, but could not finish. Nor did Myra Ramirez, who was the clearest in the first half. After a filtered pass from Lizzie Santos, the number nine overtook two Argentine players and struck with his left foot, but the shot came from the post.
Meanwhile, Albiceleste came close to goal in the 16th minute with a shot from Yamila Rodriguez which was saved by the Colombian goalkeeper.
Colombia showed their dominance with several dangerous opportunities in the second half. The goal came in the 63rd minute after a faulty rejection by the Argentine defence, which Cassado took advantage of with a forceful shot from his left foot.
The right of the tricolor box was consolidated after Argentina’s right back Gabriela Chavez was removed on 73 minutes.
With the win this Monday, Colombia went on to win five games undefeated. In the group stage, the tricolor team won all matches, scoring 13 goals and winning only three. A performance that they will have to defend against either Brazil or Paraguay this Saturday, who play a second semi-final this Tuesday.
Security of the Colombian team, from Perez to Cassado
A Colombian goal is rarely scored in this Women’s America’s Cup. The person responsible for this achievement is Catalina Perez. The Colombian goalkeeper has scored only three goals in five matches, and in the match with Argentina, Perez repeated his potential.
Two major defenses kept Albicelestes away from achieving the goal. And at the end of the match the Colombian goalkeeper could not hide his emotions.
“We dream of this Cup, we dream of the Olympics, and thank God we’re there, now we’ll give everything in the next game. I feel lucky to play with him,” Perez tears up. Said through.
The goalkeeper, who covered the arc of Spanish team Real Betis, had already shown his mettle when Colombia won the 2019 Pan American Games.
Linda Cassado was shining on the other end of the field. The player is the future and present for Colombian football. Its speed, overflow and power have cemented it as one of the coffee conglomerate figures.
Caicedo debuted for the Colombian team of América de Cali at the age of just 14, where she was their scorer. Now many predict future arrivals in the old continent.
The striker was applauded with only one minute left for the game to end. Applause that highlights not only his goal but also his commitment to the team. Cassado marked his stellar performance with several recoveries after losing the ball to Colombia.
At the end of the game, the number 18 described her goal as a rematch of the obvious choice she had in the first half and was optimistic about the challenges facing the national team.
Abandonment and genius, the paradox of Colombian football
The raised fists of the Colombian players marked the beginning of this Copa America Femenina. An act with which he sought to condemn the lack of guarantees for women’s football in Colombia.
That message of protest accompanies the full display of Colombian players during the tournament. In which she has stressed the need to ensure the continuity of the Colombian Women’s League through its hierarchy and dominance.
A call that echoed even more following assurances from leaders of the Major Division of Colombian Soccer (DIMAYOR) that the tournament would not be played in the second half of the year, as several teams announced they would not participate.
The reality of Colombian professional football is in contrast to the great strides achieved not only in this competition, but also by the Colombian team. Monday’s victories gave the Under-17, Under-20 women’s teams and seniors a place in the World Cup. A landmark achievement that reflects the need for greater commitment from Colombian managers to quality on the playing field.