England 3-0 Cameroon Lionesses win chaotic World Cup
England 3-0 Cameroon Lionesses win chaotic World Cup: Spitting, spoiling, carelessness and nudging. England survived Sunday to beat Cameroon 3-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup.
In the mediocre but controversial round of 32, the Lions scored two goals in the first half and one before the scheduled time for a quarter-final tie with Norway.
Captain Steph Houghton’s indirect free-kick and the fourth goal of the tournament for Ellen White, awarded after a review, put England in charge at half-time.
Alex Greenwood’s smart strike was enough to fire a team from Cameroon who strongly protested the result of two VAR interventions on both sides of the half.
Cameroon could have been reduced to 10 players in the first 10 minutes. Yvonne Leuko caught Nikita Parris from England with an elbow, but the referee only considered him worthy of a yellow card.
Moments later, England took the lead in an unusual way. Cameroon defender Augustine Ejangue led a cross towards goalkeeper Annette Ngo Ndom, who recovered the ball.
It was judged to be a backhand, which means that England was awarded an indirect free kick at the edge of the penalty area.
During the match break, Toni Duggan complained to the referee that Ejangue had spat out after receiving the free kick. Representatives confirmed that Duggan had been spit, though it was unclear whether it was an intentional or simply unpleasant accident.
With all that seemed to be the Cameroonian team lined up on the goal line, England captain Steph Houghton found the bottom corner of Duggan’s layoff to open the scoring in the 12th minute.
Cameroonian players eliminated the frustrating numbers and fought to make an impact on the game by launching occasional attacks when England became the owner.
The team of Phil Neville, however, used to be too careless on the ball during a first half without interest.
But England managed to find a second goal, in the last moments before the interval, thanks to a rare moment of class in a scandalous match.
Lucy Bronze rushed forward, sending a clean ball to Ellen White who was slowly finishing beyond Ngo Ndom.
But the assistant referee’s flag was raised and the goal was dismissed initially for offside. However, the fourth goal of White’s tournament was confirmed after a VAR exam.
A strange scene was unleashed. The Cameroonian players, after seeing the same goal on the big screen inside the stadium, felt aggrieved by the decision and initially appeared to refuse to resume the match.