MONTREAL — Karen Carney and Fara Williams scored first-half goals Wednesday, and England beat Colombia 2-1 to reach the knockout stage of the Women’s World Cup.

Colombia (1-1-1) already had secured a second-round berth, and the loss sent it into a Round of 16 game against the United States (2-0-1).

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

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.

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

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

FRANCE 5, MEXICO 0: Marie Delie scored off a header 34 seconds in, the second-fastest goal in the history of the Women’s World Cup, and France prevailed at Ottawa, Ontario, to win Group F.

Coming off a 2-0 loss to Colombia, France (2-1) scored three times in the first 13 minutes. The only Women’s World Cup goal faster than Delie’s following the opening kickoff was by Lena Videkull of Sweden against Japan in 1991.

Jennifer Ruiz had an own goal in the ninth minute, and Eugenie Le Sommer made it 3-0 with a mid-air toe tap. Le Sommer added her second goal in the 36th, and Amandine Henry got the final goal in the 80th.

Mexico (0-2-1) finished last in the group. Las Tri are 0-6-3 in three World Cup appearances and have been outscored, 30-6.

BRAZIL 1, COSTA RICA 0: Raquel Fernandes scored in the 83rd minute and Brazil eliminated Costa Rica at Moncton, New Brunswick.

The Costa Ricans needed a result against Brazil, who had already clinched the top spot in Group E after a pair of wins. But Fernandes beat Dinnia Diaz and the Ticos were denied a spot in the Round of 16.

Costa Rica had been the lone World Cup newcomer without a loss prior to Wednesday’s defeat. But the Brazilians controlled 64 percent of the possessions and outshot the Central American debutants, 20-3.

Brazil, which advanced without allowing a goal, will face Australia on Sunday, also in Moncton.

SOUTH KOREA 2, SPAIN 1: Soo-yun Kim scored the winner in the 78th minute to cap South Korea’s comeback victory at Ottawa to reach the knockout stage.

Sonia Bermudez’s free kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time hit the crossbar and went over the net, ending the game and the first World Cup appearance for Spain (0-2-1).

South Korea (1-1-1) finished second to Brazil in Group E and will play France on Sunday in the Round of 16.

Kim floated her shot from just outside the penalty box and over the hands of diving goalkeeper Ainhoa Tirapu. South Korea tied it when Yu-mi Kang passed the ball over three defenders to team captain So-hyun Cho, who headed in the equalizer in the 53rd minute.

Veronica Boquete of Spain scored her only goal of the tournament in the 29th minute.

Spain controlled the first half, not allowing South Korea any shots on goal.


The Americans’ 1-0 win over Nigeria in their final group stage game to clinch first place Tuesday night averaged 5 million viewers on Fox.

The network said that was the third-largest audience ever for a Women’s World Cup match, behind the 1999 and 2011 finals.

Last week’s opener against Australia had drawn 3.3 million viewers on Fox Sports 1, and Friday’s scoreless draw with Sweden averaged 4.5 million.