Women's World Cup, as it happened: England preys on Cameroon to set up last-8 clash with Norway

Phil Neville's Lionesses cruised to the quarterfinal as goals from Steph Houghton, Ellen White and Alex Greenwood sealed an easy win against Cameroon. Here's how the drama unfolded-

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019.

This is Manasi Pathak and I will be taking you through our live coverage.

The action kicks off today at Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, where England takes on Cameroon in the round of 16.

England qualified to the knockouts on account of being the table topper of Group D, whereas Cameroon (Group E) progressed as one of the four best third-place finishers.

England maintained a 100% win record in the group stages, winning all three of its matches - maintaining a +4 goal difference. On the other hand, Nigeria collected three points, defeating New Zealand 2-1.

The winner of this match will face Norway in the quarterfinal. So let's get going!

 

 

 

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-  England will face Norway in the last-8, which will be played on June 27. Now, the action shifts to Le Havre where France is up against Brazil. Watch out for our live coverage of #FRABRA too.

 

FULL TIME: ENGLAND 3-0 CAMEROON. The Lionesses are through to the quarterfinal after a comfortable win against Cameroon today, thanks to goals from Houghton, White and Greenwood.

90+8' Houghton is down on the touchline in a lot of pain after she was caught by a very bad challenge from Takounda who scrapped her studs down Houghton's leg. Nchout has gone across and is shouting at the England captain as she receives treatment and the referee isn't able to pull her away from it. Takounda escapes with a yellow card.

90+1' Into seven minutes of stoppage time, and Cameroon has a good chance to pull a goal back. Nchout can't get the ball out from under her feet though and stumbles over it before she can have a shot.

82' GOAL LINE CLEARANCE! Kirby slips the ball to Taylor on the edge of the box and she chips the ball over the keeper who is a long way off her line. Her effort is very close to crossing the line, but Johnson gets across quickly to put it out for a corner. Cameroon avoids conceding a fourth.

 

78' NO PENALTY! Sonkeng was really late with the challenge, but the referee judges that there wasn't anything in it and signals for the game to get back underway.

77' VAR is having a check for a possible penalty to England. Kirby was caught by Sonkeng with a very late challenge as she passed the ball to Taylor and she went to ground. The referee has gone over to the monitor to have a look herself.

69' Ngo Ndom spills the ball when she tries to catch Duggan's cross and Taylor is there to pick it up for England. She squares it to Kirby, but Cameroon has a lot of players back to snuff out the chance.

67' A brilliant looping ball over the top from Leuko pick out Abam who is unmarked in the middle. She's one-on-one with Bardsley and aims her shot straight at the goalkeeper instead of trying to go for one of the top corners. It wouldn't have counted anyway though as Abam was offside when she received the ball.

 

62' WHITE COMES CLOSE! Duggan chips the ball over Cameroon's defenders to pick out White and after turning with it, she lobs her effort over the keeper, who was closing her down. It was just overhit though and bounces wide of the post.

58' GOAL! ENGLAND 3-0 CAMEROON. Alex Greenwood makes it three! Duggan takes the corner and she sends a ball flying into the box; Greenwood finds the space and runs towards the delivery before she easily slots it in to make it three for the Lionesses!

54' GREAT SAVE BY BARDSLEY! It's a poor back pass and Takounda, who has just come on, is played in on goal. She takes a touch before sidefooting her effort on goal and Bardsley is quickly off her line to close her down and palm the shot away.

48' GOAL DISALLOWED. Ajara Nchout scored from a distance, in what was a thumping strike - as she found the perfect space between two central defenders of the English side. However, Ougene is flagged offside when the referee takes the help of the VAR officials and the goal is cancelled. The Cameroon players are distraught as their attempt is called off, and earlier they were on the receiving end of a VAR decision which cost them a goal. The drama gets bigger as they stop play and Cameroon coach has to get in the way of things to calm his players down - some of them tearing up. It's all happening at Valenciennes!

46' Second half commences.

 

HALF TIME: ENGLAND 2-0 CAMEROON - The first half comes to a dramatic end with the Cameroon team and coach questioning the referee's decision to not go for a replay after VAR officials announced their decision on White's goal. As it stands, White and Houghton keep Lionesses in the lead at the break.

45+3' GOAL! ENGLAND 2-0 CAMEROON. Ellen White doubles the lead! Bronze, from outside the box, plays the ball for White who is rushing towards goal. White gets the throughball from Bronze and she sends it past Ndom. The referee checks the goal for a possible offside, and the VAR officials claim the goal is safe to be credited to White. However, Cameroon players seem annoyed as they point to the big screen which shows the replay of the goal- and question as to why the referee didn't go to check the replay on a screen herself. After some argument, the game resumes as England leads by two now.

45' England has a corner and Duggan takes it. Hughton and White are inside the box, ready for any header opportunity but Duggan sends the ball behind the net.

 

40' Nchout wins the ball from Parris and attacks on the counter. She makes the run from the left wing and squares the ball for Feudjio in the middle, but the pass is too heavy.

36' England has just slipped off the pace in the last couple of minutes and isn't playing with the same pace as the start of the game. Scott does try to pick out Parris with a throughball, but once again, the pass is overhit and rolls out of play.

 

33' Nchout has the ball and she tries to combine with Nganamouit as the striker plays the ball for her teammate. Nganamouit is in a good position to shoot a long-ranger but she slips!

21' DUGGAN COMES CLOSE! Some great build-up play from England eventually ends with Kirby slipping the ball through to Duggan on the edge of the box. She takes a touch before curling her effort towards the far corner, but her effort is just wide of the post.

 

15' GOAL! ENGLAND 1-0 CAMEROON. Steph Houghton makes no mistake to ensure England make the most of the indirect free-kick, as she finds the bottom right corner of the goal, after Duggan rolled the ball for the captain. The whole of Cameroon's team was guarding the byline but it goes in vain with Houghton's opener.

12'  INDIRECT FREE-KICK FOR ENGLAND! White, from the right flank, plays the ball back for Duggan in the box but Ejangue blocks it and plays a back pass. Unfortunately, the Cameroon custodian collects the back pass and England gets a free-kick inside the box.

10' There was a bit of a mix-up between England's central defenders and Enganmouit almost pounces on the loose ball. Houghton recovers quickly though and just manages to nod it out of the forward's path.

7' Kirby and Duggan combine well from the right wing before they find Parris in the middle. Parris looks for White up top in the box but sees her ball being blocked.

4' Leuko tries to stop Parris who is rushing on the right wing and the Cameroon player is booked as she elbows Parris in her face. Early booking.

1' KICK OFF! Here we go.

- The teams are out on the field for the national anthems. Action will be underway soon.

READ | Lionesses face Cameroon challenge in last-16

- On the other hand, last-gasp Cameroon will depend on Ajara Nchout, who was pivotal to its progress to the last-16, thanks to her goal at death in the do-or-die match against New Zealand.

- England, which has conceded just one goal in its last three matches, has seen 30-year-old striker Ellen White shine for the team. White netted three goals, with two of her strikes coming against Japan in the last match. High on confidence, White will pose a threat to the Cameroon team.

-  It will be the first competitive meeting between England and Cameroon, with the Lionesses having won their only previous World Cup match versus an African opposition, beating Nigeria 3-2 in 1995.

-  Phil Neville makes three changes as Greenwood, Parris and Kirby feature for England. Cameroon is unchanged from its win against New Zealand.

 

Team news-

ENGLAND XI (4-1-4-1): Karen Bardsley; Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Millie Bright, Alex Greenwood; Keira Walsh; Nikita Parris, Jill Scott, Fran Kirby, Toni Duggan; Ellen White.

SUBS: Jodie Taylor, Demi Stokes, Carly Telford, Karen Carney, Georgia Stanway, Leah Williamson, Lucy Staniforth, Jade Moore, Rachel Daly, Beth Mead, Mary Earps, Abbie McManus.

CAMEROON XI (4-5-1): Annette Ngo Ndom; Yvonne Leuko, Augustine Ejangue, Estelle Johnson, Aurelle Awona; Ajara Nchout, Michaela Abam, Raissa Feudijo, Jeanette Yango, Gabrielle Onguene; Gaelle Enganamouit.

SUBS: Henriette Akaba, Charlene Meyong, Marthe Ongmahan, Marlyse Ngo Ndoumbouk, Alexandra Takounda, Genevieve Ngo Mbeleck, Claudine Meffometou, Madeleine Ngono Mani, Christine Manie, Ninon Abena, Ysis Sonkeng, Isabelle Mambingo.