The Colombian girls sailed into the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2022 by defeating debutants Tanzania 3-0 at the Fatorda stadium at Margao in a match that was marred by rain for most part of the first half.
All three Colombian goals came in the first half.
Two minutes before the match could start, heavy rain lashed the stadium with both teams singing their national anthems in the downpour.
Despite the heavy rain, the match started on time but the water slowed the movement of the ball considerably and the Tanzanians found ball control a bit difficult.
However, the Colombian girls had better control of the ball in the rainy condition and went on to score their first goal in the 3rd minute of the game through their captain Caicedo Linda taking a 1-0 lead.
Soon, Tanzania put pressure and managed to get a corner kick in the 4th minute but that wasn't enough to deter the Colombians who still appeared to have better control of the game.
In the 17th minute, the Colombians who had kept up the pressure amid the rain scored through their forward Munoz Yesica who made good of a cross and headed into the far corner of the goal catching the Tanzanian goalkeeper unawares. It was 2-0.
After almost 27 minutes, the rain intensity reduced. The Colombians were seen playing well, especially their captain Caicedo Linda who combined well with Gabriela Rodriguez to make inroads in the Tanzanian half.
If rain played the dampener for Tanzania, a red card to their player, Zainabu Ally, came as a major setback for the team which was reduced to 10 players.
The Colombians now mounted their attack and scored in the 31st minute but the goal was disallowed after a player was ruled offside. However, after a VAR check revealed a Colombian player was taken down by Tanzanian goalkeeper in the penalty area, the referee awarded a penalty kick. Gabriela Rodriguez did not falter and made it 3-0 for Colombia.
The Tanzanians tried to revive from the red card setback and in the 40th minute made an attempt at the Colombians' goal, but shot wide.
The second half saw Tanzanians showing some promise, with a shot from their player going into the Colombian goalkeeper's hand.
In the 53rd minute, Colombian captain Caicedo Linda was substituted.
In the first 15 minutes of the second half, the Tanzanians gave a good account of themselves but it wasn't enough to ward off the Colombian challenge from the players who kept pressure ball in the Tanzanian half.
In the 61st minute, a Tanzanian player took a long shot, almost from the centre line, and the ball almost missed the Colombian goal. It hit the crossbar much to the Colombians' delight.
Towards the end of the second half, another red card to Tanzanian Noela Luhala reduced the team to 9 players.
The second half was goalless, with Colombians sailing into the semi-finals to play Nigeria for another interesting match in this stadium.
Gabriel Rodriguez of Colombia was named player of the match.