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Montoya: I Know We Can Beat Germany

Colombia skipper convinced team have the tools to pull off Group H upset.

  • Dynamic midfielder Daniela Montoya is Colombia’s captain
  • Nation aiming to build on impressive opening-game win over Korea Republic
  • Colombia take on Germany at Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday

Confidence levels have soared within the Colombia camp following an excellent win over Korea Republic in their FIFA Women’s World Cup™ opener – and captain Daniela Montoya believes her team have the tools to record a famous victory over two-time champions Germany.

Colombia delivered a controlled and clinical performance to get their campaign off to a perfect start, with experienced forward Catalina Usme and teenage sensation Linda Caicedo on target in their 2-0 success.

Next up for Las Cafeteras is a clash with a team who also shone in their first Group H match. Germany were rampant in a 6-0 victory over Morocco, but Montoya says Colombia will approach the Sydney showdown with their illustrious opponents with no fear.

“We know Germany’s history and what they have done for women’s football,” she told FIFA. “But in football past achievements don’t matter and this game could go differently. I know we can get the win because we have the ability and we’ve worked so hard to get here.

“Whatever team we’re up against, we want to play our own game and we discuss this a lot. “Coming into the match with three points already is so important and we want the same again. The key aspects are playing our best game, with good mental strength and concentration, so we can win each battle.”

A driven, energetic and courageous midfield player, Montoya’s all-action performances set the tone for her team.

The 32-year-old also boasts a wealth of experience and has featured in Colombia’s Women’s World Cup campaigns at Germany 2011, Canada 2015 and Australia & New Zealand 2023.

Eight years ago, she memorably scored her nation’s first-ever goal at the global finals with a blockbuster strike in a group-stage draw with Mexico.

Montoya is convinced she and her team-mates can produce more special moments at this tournament.

“We want to win every game,” she added. “In our minds, we want to play in all seven matches and this match against Germany is just another step towards that goal.

“It [beating Germany] would obviously mean a lot to women’s football in Colombia. We are very prepared, we trust in our abilities to win the game. We know that we are at a World Cup and the more experienced players will help the younger players. I’m sure that we will raise our game against Germany.”

Source : Fifa

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