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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Upstart Colombia will be the next opponent for the U.S. national team at the Women's World Cup.
The second-ranked U.S. women, who have two World Cup titles, finished atop Group D with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria on Monday night.
Colombia, ranked No. 28 in the world, was the third-place finisher in Group F behind France and England. But Las Cafeteras already pulled off one of the tournament's biggest upsets with a 2-0 group-stage victory over No. 3 France.
In its group finale on Wednesday, Colombia fell 2-1 to England in Montreal. Sixteen teams in the expanded field of 24 advanced to the knockout round.
Colombia will face the United States on Monday night at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.
Las Cafeteras will be without goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda because of a pair of yellow cards, one against France and the second against England. Sepulveda was key to the team's victory over France with six saves.
Colombia is making its second World Cup appearance. The team, which finished in 14th in 2011 in Germany, had never won a match in the sport's premier tournament until the upset over France.
The United States has won the World Cup twice, but not since 1999. The Americans have advanced to the knockout stage in all but one of the seven World Cups.