Goals from Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd put the Olympic champions United States into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 2-0 win Monday over 10-woman Colombia.
The 28th-ranked South Americans were a player down for most of the second half after goalkeeper Catalina Perez was sent off for a diving tackle on US forward Morgan two minutes after the break.
Abby Wambach stepped up to take the penalty but the superstar striker dramatically sent the ball left of goal, denying her a record-equalling 15th Women’s World Cup goal to match Brazil star Marta.
Forward Morgan finally broke through after 53 minutes, with Lloyd getting a second 13 minutes later from a penalty awarded after Megan Rapinoe was fouled inside the box by defender Angela Clavijo.
The USA, ranked second in the world and winners in 1991 and 1999, next meet China for a place in the semi-finals.
Perez had been replacing first choice goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda, who could not play after drawing a second yellow card during Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to England.
Stefany Castano replaced Perez in goal with forward Ingrid Vidal coming off the pitch, but the Colombians could not reproduce the heroics that saw them shock third-ranked France 2-0 in their group match. – Agence France-Presse