Two matches were set to be played on Day Thirteen and two more quarterfinalists would be determined, as Norway and England met in Ottawa to see who would face Canada in the next round, while the USA and Colombia met in Edmonton with a match against China PR in one of their futures.
The early match saw a pair of second-placed sides meet in Ottawa, Ontario, to determine who would be moving on to the next round. Norway finished second in Group B, tied on points, but well behind a powerful German side on goal-differential, and England similarly tied France on six points in Group F, but had a plus-one to France's four.
The Gresshoppene started the brighter of the two, finding a pair of chances in the opening phase. It fell to English keeper, Karen Bardsley to prevent a premature deficit, coming up with two big saves: racing out quick with a sliding challenge when Isabell Herlovsen was played in down the middle and then rescuing a weak back-pass from Lucy Bronze, denying Ada Hegerberg, who stole in on the under-hit ball. How unlike an English keeper to bail out their side.
But Norway would score first in the 54th minute from a set-piece when a left-sided corner kick was swung to the near-post by Lene Mykjaland and met with a flicked header from Solveig Gulbrandsen. Her back-header beat Bardsley high, falling in off the underside of the bar. Goal-line technology would confirm the goal.
But that strike only served to awaken England, who responded seven minutes later with a set-piece of their own, as Captain Steph Houghton muscled her way onto the end of a right-sided corer kick at the edge of the six, fighting through a crowd to direct her header back to the right-post from nearer the back-side. It was as English a goal as one can imagine.
Come the 76th minute, England would take the lead and the match when a ball was laid off to Lucy Bronze above the right-side of the box and she made up for her poor back-pass with a cracking right-footer that beat Norwegian keeper, Ingrid Hjelmseth high – the keeper could only touch the powerful shot into the roof of the net.
The 1-2 result sees The Three Lionesses move on to face Canada on Saturday night, while Norway's tournament comes to an end.
The day's other match came with a touch of animosity, as the USA and Colombia met in front of a sparse crowd in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Americans topped Group D, but failed to impress, while the Colombians finished third in Group F. The bad-blood arose after a feisty encounter a few years ago and some critical comments from Lady Andrande, stating the US had no respect for the Colombians, promising a combative match.
But before a ball was kicked, Las Chicas Superpoderosas were already at a disadvantage with first-choice keeper, Sandra Sepulveda, sidelined due to yellow card accumulation.
The US nearly took an early lead when Abby Wambach pounced on a juicy rebound allowed by Colombian keeper, Catalina Perez, who parried a stinging Alex Morgan shot. Wambach forced the ball over the line, but the offside flag ruled out the goal.
Wambach would then test Perez with a driven half-volley, which was parried, if uncomfortably.
However, the match would turn in the 47th minute when Perez was sent off for a sliding challenge that tripped up Morgan at the edge of the area – it appeared the contact took place outside the box, but either way a red card was flashed and Perez was off, forcing Stefany Castano into the net to face a Wambach penalty kick.
Double jeopardy was avoided when Wambach sailed her left-footed penalty wide of the left-post having sent Castano guessing in the other direction – for some reason Wambach went with her weak foot, getting it all wrong.
But three minutes later Morgan would open the scoring, beating the still warming-up Castano with a low drive to the short-side after a ball from Ali Krieger played her down the right-side of the area.
And the Stars and Stripes would double that advantage in the 66th minute from the penalty spot after Angela Clavijo felled Megan Rapinoe in the area – a second chance from twelve paces for the Americans, harsh, given Andrade had been upended similarly early in the match without consequence.
Carli Lloyd took over the duties from Wambach, coolly slotting her right-footer to the keeper's left, having sent Castano diving in the other direction.
With the 2-0 result, the US moves on to a quarterfinal match up against China on Friday, though they do so at a cost, as both Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday will not be available due to yellow card suspensions. For the Colombians, the US proved a bar too high, but they should return home with pride, as they showed well and have plenty of positives upon which to build.
The last Round of 16 match is set to be played on Tuesday when Japan and the Netherlands met at 10 pm (ET) in Vancouver.
The Japanese topped Group C with a perfect three-and-o record, scoring four goals and conceding just once; they face the Netherlands, who finished third in Group A – the winner will face Australia in the Quarterfinals.
One more time before a break, and then the quarters; enjoy!