The championship match of the Copa América Femenina is set, with host Colombia and powerhouse Brazil set to face off for the title at 8 p.m. ET Saturday.
Just Women’s Sports breaks down how the finalists got there.
Colombia 1, Argentina 0
Colombia and Argentina matched each other dribble for dribble through a competitive match, but Colombia’s shooting accuracy won out.
Colombia outshot Argentina 13-6, getting seven shots on goal to Argentina’s two. Of those seven shots on goal, one went in: a shot from 17-year-old Linda Caicedo in the 63rd minute.
With the semifinal win, Colombia officially clinched a spot in the 2023 World Cup after failing to make the last one. The team enters the final undefeated, and their run has included emphatic group-stage victories, including a 4-0 win over Chile and a 4-2 win over Paraguay.
Brazil 2, Paraguay 0
It’s wholly unsurprising that Brazil has made the final of the Copa América, having won seven of the first eight editions of this competition. The powerhouse team’s only loss came in 2006, when Argentina won the title on home turf.
This time around, though, Brazil beat Argentina 4-0 in the group stage, and the team continued to showcase its dominance during Tuesday’s semifinal match against Paraguay.
Despite having just two goals to show for their efforts, Brazil dominated Paraguay in the 2-0 win. As Canarinhas had 23 shots to their opponent’s nine, with eight shots on goal to the opposition’s three. They dominated possession 69 percent of the time, and they also had 83 percent pass accuracy compared to Paraguay’s 55 percent.
Ary Borges and Beatriz Zaneratto João scored for Brazil in the match.
Colombia, who is playing host for the tournament, could play spoiler. They’ve been runners-up to Brazil twice, in 2010 and 2014. But home-field advantage seems to be the theme of this year’s World Cup qualifying tournaments, with England advancing to the final of the Euros at home and looking like a team that could capture its first Euros title Sunday. Could Colombia clinch its first Copa América title?
Brazil and Colombia will face off in the Copa América Femenina final at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox Sports 2.