Copa America Femenina is reaching the ‘business end’ of the tournament with the second phase line-up nearly complete.
Hosts Chile are going along nicely, whilst Colombia’s Catalina Usme just cannot stop finding the back of the net. The 28-year-old has gone goal crazy!
But despite all her best efforts, can anyone halt Brazil from capturing a seventh Copa America title?
Chile booked their place in the final phase of Copa America Femenina with a resounding win over Peru in La Serena on Thursday.
The hosts rattled in five goals without reply against Peru to seal second spot in Group A.
Yanara Aedo scored twice with Yesenia Lopez, Francisca Lara, and Maria Rojas also finding the back of the net.
— CONMEBOL.com (@CONMEBOL) April 13, 2018
The emphatic victory for Chile ended Paraguay’s hopes of advancing.
In their final group game, Paraguay toiled to a 2-1 win over Uruguay, with Amada Peralta scoring the winner in injury time.
The result means that Chile advance to the final round behind the hugely-impressive Colombia.
The Colombians have no problems in finding a way to goal, scoring 16 times in their four games so far.
Incredibly, Catalina Usme already has nine goals to her name – thanks in part to the four she notched in Colombia’s opening 7-0 rout of Uruguay.
She added another in a draw against Chile, before a hat trick in a 5-1 win over Paraguay.
Her latest goal was scored in Colombia’s 3-0 win over Peru on Monday. Can she surpass the record of 12 set by Brazil’s Cristiane back in 2006?
Usme and her team-mates are looking to go all the way in Chile, having been runners-up in the previous two editions of the tournament.
Brazil on a roll
To do that, they will need to find a way past the reigning champions Brazil. Something that is not exactly easy.
So far, nothing has been able to hinder the progress of the selecao.
Marta and her team mates have been an unstoppable force to date – three game, three wins, 15 goals scored and only one conceded.
— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) April 12, 2018
Already assured of a place in the second phase, Brazil will close out Group B with a game against Bolivia in Coquimbo.
Argentina take on Venezuela in Friday’s other game, with both sides locked on six points.
A superior one goal difference sees Venezuela sit second in the group, but all is still up for grabs.
World Cup and Olympic places
The second phase of Copa America Femenina sees the four qualified sides play against each other.
The tournament winner and runners-up will automatically qualify for the World Cup in France next year.
The third placed team will then enter a play-off with a team from the CONCACAF region.
This Copa America tournament will also determine which South American teams will go to the Olympics.
The winners will automatically qualify for Tokyo 2020, whilst the runners-up will enter a play-off against a team from Africa.