2015 WWC – Finishing Up Group C

19 Jun

Group C finalGroup C ended up with Japan and Cameroon moving on, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

Japan had already qualified for the round of 16 but the battle for second was intense. These sorts of situations are always tough. Both Switzerland and Cameroon have great players and fought hard. But only one could go through and this time it was Cameroon.

Switzerland 1 – Cameroon 2

Switzerland took an early lead on an Ana Maria Crnogorcevic goal at 24′

Cameroon had  a stellar second half. Gabrielle Onguene scored the equalizer at 47′ and Madeleine Ngono Mani nailed it shut at 62′. Onguene was all over the place nearly setting up two additional goals and Gaëlle Enganamouit was as dangerous as always.

The Cameroon fans were loud and looked like they were having a ball. The players ran to the stands to celebrate wtih them.

Gabrielle Onguene was rightly awarded Player of the Match.

Match Highlights


Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, Switzerland coach
We got into the game very well initially and we performed many aspects of our game correctly. But we did miss a lot of opportunities, and after our opponent scored there was a certain insecurity from us, and we also didn’t play with enough aggression up front. We knew that we had to score goals against Cameroon if we were to win the game. I have to say it was a deserved victory from Cameroon in the end.

Enow Ngachu, Cameroon coach
We are excited and very happy for this victory to take us through to the second round. It was similar to the game against Japan when we lost concentration in the first half. Every game has lessons. This performance will have a positive impact for omen’s football in Cameroon. We were not just defending the colours of Cameroon, but also of Africa.

Ecuador 0 – Japan 1

After the whomping that poor Ecuador had suffered at hands of Cameroon (6-0) and Switzerland (10-1), one would be forgiven in assuming an absolute slaughter by world champions Japan. But no! Ecuador held Japan to 1 goal which came from Yuki Ogimi at 5′. They had one decent chance themselves at 65′ but a sliding tackle from Megumi Kaminobe stopped a strong effort from Merily Real. Ecuador gave a great performance and ended their first World Cup on a happier note.

Aya Miyama was named Player of the Match.

Again, the fans were there to support their teams. I love all the colorful outfits and face paint.

Japan also had a special mascot with them – this little bear.

Here’s Saki Kumagai holding the bear. It’s wearing the jersey of national teammate Kozue Ando, who broke her leg in an earlier match prior to the World Cup.

Match Highlights


Vanessa Arauz, Ecuador coach
Despite the two previous routs we suffered, we showed why we deserved to be here. We earned our qualification and we have defended the honour of our country. We’ll take this experience and continue to develop women’s football in Ecuador.

Norio Sasaki, Japan coach
Ecuador were very persistent in their defence. But over the 90 minutes, I think it was important that we defended well. We were successful in scoring early and I thought we would be able to score more, but we weren’t able to. On the whole I think we were able to do quite well in terms of our possession, but unfortunately we weren’t able to score more, which was disappointing.

– Lozil

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