The Real Madrid striker, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 15, scored her country’s second goal of the match at Sydney’s soccer stadium before rushing to the Colombia fans.
The 18-year-old Caicedo, who is an inspirational figure on and off the pitch, further cemented her reputation as one of soccer’s rising stars with her goal and the play that got Colombia off to a winning start to the tournament.
Making history, 16-year-old Kasey Fair became the youngest player at the Women’s World Cup when she came on as a second-half substitute.
By then it was too late.
Colombia took the lead on a penalty kick in the 30th minute after Sim So Yeon handled Manuela Vanegas’ shot on goal. Catalina Usme converted the penalty kick, forcing South Korean goalkeeper Yoon Young Geul to make a mistake on a shot to the left side of the goal.
Caicedo’s goal came from a swift breakout from midfield that saw her cut in from the left and strike from the edge of the box. Her shot seemed too central to trouble Yoon, but the goalkeeper miscalculated her positioning and the ball ended up in the net.
At the end of the half, Lee Geum Min was close to scoring but was saved by Catalina Perez.
Colombia and Germany will meet in Sydney on Sunday, and
However, the decision prompted a mass appeal from fans, including the heads of the
I have a lot of trust and faith in our youth and we will see what happens. It’s still a long way to the end of September and we need to work very hard in the training camp to prepare for a tournament like this. The first thing I think is that I can use the King’s Cup in Thailand to prepare these guys, that’s the only possible situation.
Maybe give them a chance to play against Iraq, Thailand and whoever else is there to prepare them for that tournament.
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