U.S. shuts out Colombia, 3-0, to reach Women's World Cup quarterfinals
Sweden also advanced to the final eight when it shut out North Korea, 1-0, earlier in the day in Augsburg, Germany.
Goals by Heather O'Reilly, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd meant that the American team, a two-time world champion, has scored five goals in the 16-nation event while allowing none. Goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her second shutout of the tournament after blanking North Korea, 2-0, in the opening match.
The Americans also hit the crossbar and a goalpost with shots as they outshot Colombia, 18-6, according to unofficial statistics.
The U.S. will play Sweden in its final first-round match on Wednesday in Wolfsburg, Germany, needing only a tie to finish atop Group C because it has a plus-five goal difference compared to Sweden's plus-two.
Five teams have so far reached the quarterfinals: host and defending champion Germany, France, Japan, Sweden and the U.S. The tournament ends July 17 in Frankfurt, Germany.
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-- Grahame L. Jones
Photo: Megan Rapinoe, left, celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal during the second half of the U.S. team's 3-0 victory over Colombia in the Women's World Cup on Saturday. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press