England beats Colombia to advance to Women's World Cup knockout stage

Karen Carney and Fara Williams scored first-half goals, and England beat Colombia 2–1 at Montreal on Wednesday to reach the knockout stage of the Women's World Cup.

The Lionesses (2-1) finished second to France in Group F on goal difference and will play Norway on Monday in the round of 16.

Colombia (1-1-1) already had clinched a second-round berth; its opponent has not been determined.

Carney scored in the 15th minute with a left-footed shot through the legs of goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda, who allowed a rebound on her diving save of Stephanie Houghton's initial shot.

Williams converted a penalty kick in the 38th minute after Canadian referee Carol Anne Chenard called a handball on Carolina Arias, who was sliding to stop a shot.

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Lady Andrade scored in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time for Colombia.

Sepulveda is suspended for the next match after receiving her second yellow card of the tournament, for clipping Jodie Taylor in the 85th minute.

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