After an eventful 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Round of 16, we now have our final eight but there’s only one place to start rounding up the first knockout stage of this tournament.
England beat Cameroon 3-0 but the scoreline doesn’t even tell the story of the match, which exploded into life when the Indomitable Lionesses’ Yvonne Leuko hit Nikita Parris in the face only to receive a yellow card.
An illegal back-pass ten minutes later then allowed Steph Houghton to bend in England’s opener from a free kick just outside the six yard box. Just to add to the drama, Toni Duggan was spat on by Augustine Ejangue prior to the set piece yet officials failed to act on that incident.
Ellen White then netted England’s second deep into first-half injury time but VAR overruled an initial offside flag, enraging the Cameroon players who briefly protested the decision for two minutes which delayed the restart.Embed from Getty Images
After staying on the pitch at half-time, Cameroon made the better start as Gabrielle Onguene latched onto an Karen Bardsley error to set up Ajara Nchout to reduce their deflict, only for VAR to rule Onguene’s assist as offside and triggered another round of protests as Head Coach, Alain Djeumfa tried to calm his players down.
England then sealed their progression into the last eight minutes later when Alex Greenwood lashed in a corner from Duggan, although the drama wasn’t over yet as referee, Qin Liang refused the Lionesses a penalty after Fran Kirby was fouled.Embed from Getty Images
A fiery clash then had an explosive ending when Alexandra Takounda made a unnecessary tackle on Houghton, sending the England captain tumbling to the ground where she then received abuse from Onguene.
Takounda meanwhile escaped with a yellow card after a VAR review and full time was called shortly after the match resumed, although the repercussions of this match are still being felt with FIFA now investigating Cameroon in regard to their conduct.
England meanwhile march on to face Norway in the last eight, after the Norwegians saw off Australia 4-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.Embed from Getty Images
France meanwhile needed Amandine Henry’s extra-time winner to edge past Brazil 2-1 to book a Quarter-Final tie against USA, who beat Spain through a double penalty brace from Megan Rapinoe despite Jennifer Hermoso having equalised with a splendid ninth-minute strike.
Germany thrashed Nigeria 3-0 to set up a last eight tie against Sweden after Stina Blackstenius’s 55th minute chipped winner handed the Swedes a narrow win over Canada.
Finally, Italy squeezed past China PR through goals from Valentina Giacinti and Aurora Galli and will face Netherlands for a place in the Semi-Finals, after the Dutch beat Japan 2-1 through Lieke Martens’ brace.
Quarter Final Ties
Here is the schedule for the four Quarter-Final ties which will be played between 27-28 June.
|Thursday 27 June||Norway vs England||8:00pm|
|Friday 28 June||France vs USA||8:00pm|
|Saturday 29th June||Italy vs Netherlands||2:00pm|
|Germany vs Sweden||5:30pm|