Linda Caicedo scored a brace as Colombia beat China 2-0 in the second round of group C in FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup here on Saturday.
Colombia broke the deadlock in the eighth minute, as Caicedo tipped the ball home from an unexpected cross in a chaotic Chinese box. Caicedo doubled the lead on 23 minutes when she netted the ball home with a diagonal back pass from her teammate Orianna Quintero.
It could be the best chance for China to pull one back in the 37th minute when Qiao Ruiqi was one-on-one against goalkeeper Luisa Agudelo, but the Chinese girl missed the timing to shot.
Although the Chinese side improved defense and created a few chances in the second half, they were struggling to handle the opponents and unable to change the score. After Yin Lihong's volley was denied by the goalkeeper two minutes before the final whistle, the Chinese girls had to swallow a 2-0 defeat.
In the third round of group C, China will meet defending champion Spain next Tuesday.