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Resources Jun 10, 2015

OMG What a Goal! Colombia’s Daniela Montoya smashes unreal WWC equalizer

You’ve probably seen or heard about the Colombian men’s national team, the talented, creative squad that nearly knocked off host nation Brazil in the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup last summer.

Daniela MontoyaYou’ve probably also been paying at least some attention to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which kicked off in Canada over the weekend.

But you might not be too aware of the Colombian women’s national team. Known as “Las Cafeteras” (the coffee growers), or even better, Las Chicas Superpoderosas (The Powerpuff Girls), the squad are taking part in their second WWC ever, and they opened their campaign against Mexico in Moncton, New Brunswick on Tuesday.

Colombia have been drawn into a rugged Group F that also includes European powers France and England, so not too many pundits have given them much of a chance of a deep run.

But on Tuesday they showed off impressive skill, technique and aggressive midfield pressing — and then midfielder Daniela Montoya popped up in the late going with an absolute piledriver of a goal to earn them a 1-1 draw.

Stepping up to a layoff from teammate Tatiana Ariza, Montoya needed just one touch to beat Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago from 20 yards out, cracking a laser-guided finish off the underside of the crossbar:

It’s the first goal for Colombia in their brief Women’s World Cup history — and man, woman or child, you won’t see many better scored this year, let alone this tournament. Some are already calling it the best goal of the 2015 WWC, despite the fact that the event is less than a week old.

Not only did Montoya earn her team a draw, she also paid tribute to teammate Melissa Ortiz, who suffered a serious Achilles injury just before the tournament, in her goal celebration. You can watch the official full match highlights here.

We’ll have to wait and see whether anyone can match it between now and the championship final on July 5.