Cali, Colombia ( Associated Press) – Colombia beat Ecuador 2-1 on Sunday to become the sole leader of Group A of the Copa America Femenina.
The “coffee girls” dominated from the start of the match played in front of 24,580 people at the Pascual Guerrero Stadium in Cali.
Levante UD women’s striker Myra Ramirez put Colombia ahead in the 30th minute after a fine pass from Lacey Santos.
Shortly after, a lack of coordination of the local defense allowed a tie by Nicol Charcopa (34).
Colombia, who combined their three appearances for the win, felt the brunt of the goal against them, but reacted before the break with a great collective game, which was finished by Linda Cassado (45).
“I am very happy. The teachers and the group have given me the confidence to play and have fun,” said Cassado, a 17-year-old striker who plays for Deportivo Cali. “Because of my age, I know I have to There is also a lot to improve. Scoring is important, but I always try to do my best for the team.
In the second half, Colombia tried to widen the gap, but Ecuadorian goalkeeper Andrea Moran neutralized all attacks against his goal.
The meeting was attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who visited both teams in the changing rooms before the match. “The growth of women’s football is phenomenal,” she said.
Chile thrashed Bolivia 5-0 in a game played at the start of the day on Sunday to increase their chances of reaching the semi-finals of the tournament.
Midfielder Francesca Lara led “Rosa” to victory with the first score on minute 7 after a pass from Daniela Zamora.
In the 14th minute, a goal against Arica Salvatiara opened the way to victory, after finishing a corner shot against her own goal.
Chile’s good play on the wings repeatedly pierced the Bolivian defense, as it did in the 17th minute when Lara’s arrival was eliminated by Yesenia López.
At the end of the first half, Lara, belonging to Villarreal, signed his individual double and scored 10 goals in the Copa America in four tournaments he has played since 2010.
In the supplement, the technician of “Rosa”, Jose Letelier, made several modifications to rest some of his figures, but there was still time for the admission of Marie Valencia, 18 years old, born in Colombia and naturalized Chile, Who debuted with the full Australian team.
“We are improving game by game. We have the last duel with Colombia”, said Letelier. “They have unbalanced players and we have to be very careful.”
Colombia, with 9 points, were lone in first place in Group A and will play against Chile, who have 6 units, in a decider on Wednesday in Armenia. At the same time, Paraguay with 6 and Ecuador, who were left with 3, will play their future in Cali.
Bolivia finished the tournament with four losses and one goal in favor and 16 against the balance.
On Monday, the fourth date of Group B will be Venezuela-Brazil and Peru-Uruguay with commitments.