England 2-1 Colombia: Three Lionesses score early pair, earn date with Norway

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It was a quick trip from first place to third for Colombia, as the Group F upstarts fell 2-1 to England on Wednesday in Montreal.

Birmingham City midfielder Karen Carney scored in the 15th minute, and Fara Williams (Liverpool) converted a penalty kick 23 minutes later as England left little doubt as to whether they’d advance to the knockout rounds.

Lady Andrade scored in stoppage time to provide the final score.

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England finishes second to France in the group on goal differential, and will play Norway on June 22 in Ottawa. Colombia earns a date with either Japan or the United States, depending on whether Sweden, Spain, South Korea or Costa Rica gets the final third-place slot.

American-born goalkeeper Karen Bardsley made a crucial save on Nataly Arias just before halftime, allowing England to keep its 2-0 lead into the break. It was one of several solid stops from the 30-year-old.

Colombia started to creep back into the contest at the hour point, trying to find combinations that would catch England on the wrong foot.

Ultimately the match fizzled a bit, as perhaps both sides knew their fates were sealed in the next round. But Andrade made a quick run to pop a first-touch shot over Bardsley four minutes into stoppage.