Linda Caicedo scores goal of the tournament contender for Colombia against Germany at the Women’s World Cup just two days after collapsing in training
- Linda Caicedo was rushed to hospital after collapsing during training on Friday
- The Colombia star has now been named in the starting XI to face Germany
- She was not expected to feature in the match, but has been thrown into action
Colombia star Linda Caicedo has scored a goal of the tournament contender for her side against Germany at the Women’s World Cup after being rushed to hospital on Friday.
The 18-year-old was taken to hospital via ambulance after collapsing during training at the country’s base for the tournament in Sydney.
She was not expected to play a part in the game, just two days after collapsing, but was named in the starting XI and has netted one of the best goals of the tournament.
Picking the ball up in the Germany box, the Real Madrid star showed her quick feet to shift the ball onto her right foot and curl a shot into the top corner.
The goal is no doubt one of the best scored at the tournament and could well win the goal of the tournament award when the World Cup concludes.
Colombia star Linda Caicedo has been named in the starting XI for her side to face Germany
Colombia star Linda Caicedo returned to training after collapsing at the Women’s World Cup
Distressing footage of her collapse showed the Caicedo running alongside her team-mates before stopping and clutching her chest.
Caicedo fell to the ground and was surrounded by concerned teammates, who shielded her before medical staff arrived.
She lost consciousness as she laid on the ground and only came round after she was placed on a stretcher to be transported to the medical facility.
A Colombian Football Association medical staff member later commented on the situation, revealing that the player was ‘very tired’ but is ‘back to normal’.
Caicedo was released from hospital and returned to training alongside her team-mates as they prepared to face their Group H rivals Germany at the Allianz Stadium.
However, it was thought that she would play no part in the clash. She has now been named in the line-up from the start.
The young star, who joined Real Madrid from Colombian club Deportivo Cali earlier this year, made her professional debut aged just 14 but her career was put on hold after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2020.
‘At the time, I didn’t think I could play professionally again because of all the treatments and surgeries I had to go through,’ she told FIFA.
Footage showed the 18-year-old clutching her chest before falling to the ground in training
Caicedo was unconscious and was rushed to hospital before being released on Friday
‘Mentally, it was a very difficult moment in my life. I’m forever grateful that it happened when I was very young. I was able to recover, I also had my family’s support, and I feel very good now.
‘What happened made me grow. I feel thankful and happy to be here.’
Caicedo underwent six months of chemotherapy before being declared cancer free and resuming her football career.
The Real Madrid star enjoyed a dream opening to the tournament, netting in her country’s victory over South Korea as Las Chicas Superpoderosas look to improve on their best-ever World Cup finish, achieved when they reached the round of 16 in 2015.