clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

USWNT clinch Group G with 2-2 draw with Colombia

Colombia's two free-kick goals gave them a 2-2 draw, but the US still were able to clinch their group.

Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

The US Women's National Team had some unexpected trouble with Colombia. They dropped a couple of points, but with a 2-2 draw, they officially clinched their group. Maria Catalina Usme scored on two free-kicks, one of which came on an error from Hope Solo, but Colombia were eliminated from the Rio Olympics.

The US started the game on the front foot — Carli Lloyd hit the post in the 3rd-minute — and were mostly dominating the game until Usme's first goal in the 26th-minute. Solo was screened on a short-range free-kick and allowed the bouncing shot roll through her legs, giving the Colombians a surprise lead.

Crystal Dunn's strike just before half-time, however, leveled the score going into the break. Constant pressure from the Americans resulted in a second goal — which was thought to be the winner — from 18-year old Mallory Pugh. Pugh's first Olympic goal came in the 59th-minute, and she could have had a second shortly after, but was ruled offside.

It looked over late in the game, but Usme was able to score a 90th-minute equalizer over the fist of Solo. From an acute angle, she managed to stick it in the top corner, giving Colombia an impressive point against the mighty US.