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"I think before the World Cup that's what we were dreaming about – changing the football in this nation forever, " she said, speaking about Australia's co-hosting of the event. Kerr and her team are hoping to use the growing enthusiasm in the nation to power them to a potential maiden World Cup triumph. "It makes us feel so good and gives us the energy to perform for 120 minutes, so we're loving it and, hopefully, it can carry on for a couple more weeks. "Kerr started the match on the bench as her recovery from a calf injury continues, but she appeared confident that recovery was going well though she did not risk making a prediction regarding her fitness for the semifinal against either England or Colombia.
But, moments before half-time, England drew level with a stroke of luck after an error from Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Pérez, allowing Lauren Hemp to equalize. 1 min agoEngland levels on the stroke of half-time after Colombia goalkeeper errorFrom CNN's Ben MorseEngland's Lauren Hemp celebrates after scoring her team's first goal. Naomi Baker/The FA/Getty ImagesEngland has been given a route back into the game thanks to a mistake from Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Pérez with Lauren Hemp the lucky beneficiary. It's 1-1 in Sydney. Pérez looked to be under little pressure from the England attackers but twice lost the ball from her grasp and, at the second time of asking, Hemp was able to stab the ball home. It's a sucker punch for Colombia with the equalizer coming just seconds before half-time but will lift the European champion after a sluggish opening frame.
Quinn Rooney/Getty ImagesA "spent" Steph Catley told reporters that the Matildas "put their heart, their soul, their body – everything into playing for this team in a game like that. "Catley, who captained the team in superstar Sam Kerr's absence, added: "We've been in situations where we've been in extra-time plenty of times in our career at major tournaments... And I think, by now, we're in that perfect maturity level where we have that spark of youth that are almost too young to realize the gravity of the situation, but then we've got that maturity in the team where we've done it before and we know what it takes.
"Looking ahead to the rest of the World Cup, Catley said the team is taking it "one step at a time. ""The whole tournament has been one step at a time... I couldn't tell you who was next, I couldn't tell you what the next game looked like. We've been very, very focused on one step at a time and exactly what we needed to do to get the job done. "48 min agoRachel Daly has good chance to break deadlock but heads straight at Colombia goalkeeperFrom CNN's Ben MorseEngland continues to look like a renewed side against Colombia having looked so sluggish against Nigeria in the round-of-16. This time, it's Rachel Daly who comes closest to getting England on the board in Sydney, her header from close range though going straight into the grateful arms of Catalina Pérez. Moments later, Daly once again tries her luck, choosing to shoot from long range with her effort just flying fractionally over the bar.
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Izhar Khan/AFP/Getty ImagesA big 45 minutes ahead for both Colombia and England as they both know that one goal could see them progress to the Women's World Cup semifinals. For Colombia, it would see its historic run at the competition continue, while for England, its aim for a World Cup and European championship double would go on.
All that being said, a lot on the line for both teams. 21 min agoAustralia star Sam Kerr reflects on historic Matildas win: "This is the stuff dreams are made of"From CNN's Matt Foster in London and Hilary Whiteman in BrisbaneAustralia's Sam Kerr celebrates her team's victory. Bradley Kanaris/Getty ImagesAustralia's talismanic striker Sam Kerr, who came off the bench and scored her spot-kick in the dramatic quarterfinal penalty shootout win over France, said the soccer fever which is sweeping the country is what her team hoped to inspire ahead of the tournament.
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"My calves are great – every day I feel better, obviously, with more training, more recovery, but I can't even think about the next game. I'm just gonna enjoy tonight. "8 min agoColombia and England are level 1-1 at half-time with both sides having chancesFrom CNN's Ben MorseEngland's Lauren Hemp scores her team's first goal. Lars Baron/Getty ImagesThe first half has come to an end in Sydney and it's 1-1 between the two sides. Although it's been a tactical battle between the two squads, they have both had opportunities throughout the first half.
Live updates: England vs Colombia, Women's World Cup 2023 quarterfinal8 min ago'Matilda' the soothsaying koala was right all along about AustraliaFrom CNN's Aimee Lewis"Matilda" the koala was correct! At the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Matilda had picked an Australian scarf when predicting the winner of the quarterfinal between the co-host and France. Can she follow the footsteps of other visionary animals like Paul the Octopus in the 2010 men's World Cup in South Africa? Time for Matilda to do the lottery perhaps. 4 min agoWe're back underway in Sydney with the score level, 1-1From CNN's Ben MorseEngland's Lauren Hemp and Colombia's Ana Guzman fight for the ball.
Alessia Russo came closest for England early on, her physicality from crosses causing constant issues for the Colombian defense. For the South Americans, Linda Caicedo has proven a constant thorn in England's side, with the 18-year-old star showcasing her dribbling talent to manufacture openings against a resolute England defense. A moment of magic from Leicy Santos in the closing minutes before the break gave Colombia the lead, leaving it 45 minutes from continuing its historic run through the tournament.
All to play for in the last 45 minutes here in Sydney. 1 min agoColombia opens the scoring and what a way to do itFrom CNN's Ben MorseColombia's Leicy Santos celebrates after scoring her team's first goal. Steve Christo/AFP/Getty ImagesWhat a goal! Colombia has a 1-0 lead and Leicy Santos does it in style. Las Cafeteras have really grown into this game in the last 10 minutes and now have a deserved lead. Dribbling on the right hand side of the box, Santos chips an exquisite effort over the head of a despairing Mary Earps in the England goal. Santos is mobbed by her teammates in celebration as the underdog side has the advantage. 2 min agoSteph Catley praises Matildas for putting their "heart, soul and body" into victoryFrom CNN's Matt Foster in London and Hilary Whiteman in BrisbaneAustralia's Steph Catley controls the ball.
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