Cameroon are through to the Round of 16!

21 Jun

It was the last day of the Group stages and both Cameroon and New Zealand had everything on the line. Due to the convoluted rules regarding the Best Third Place teams advancing, both teams were in a must win situation. It was either win and score two goals or go home. At times, it appeared that both teams were evenly matched – in possession, in physicality but at the end of it all, Cameroon were through. In the second half, Cameroon were able to make it happen. New Zealand have the talent but they didn’t have the energy or the consistency to pull through.

Cameroon started off with more speed and consistency. Onguene curled a shot just wide in the 12th minute and seven minutes later forced New Zealand keeper to fist away another good chance. New Zealand had trouble keeping possession and couldn’t seem to control the ball which squandered any chances for them. Only in the waning minutes of the first half did New Zealand have any real opportunities but both Riley and Percival missed the net. Gregorius was way too quiet.

The first half was not very effective for either side but was very physical with a few collisions but neither side played with any sense of urgency and to be fair, it was a poor showing by both teams.

The second half began with a bit more urgency and Onguene and Enganamouit continued to test the area. However, it was Nchout who finally drew blood in the 58th minute. She took a pass from Leuko with her back to goal and scored. There was some talk about the use of her shoulder but it was not called by VAR.

Gregorius finally got into the action and took a shot from a cross by Riley but she missed the target. Cameroon then had a series of shots, forcing Naylor into a triple save on Onguene’s fine chances. Excellent goal keeping!

Soccer Football – Women’s World Cup – Group E – Cameroon v New Zealand – Stade de La Mosson, Montpellier, France – June 20, 2019. New Zealand’s Erin Nayler in action with Cameroon’s Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene . REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Cameroon’s keeper Ngo Ndom also had to come up big when Hassett came in to redirect a cross from White’s corner kick. Erceg also tried to score with a header but misses.

Things got complicated when the ball hit Awona on the shins and made it into the net.

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A frenetic final fifteen minutes followed with a near chance by Chance after Wilkinson was able to control a cross by Gregorius but it went wide. Onguene tried to score from distance and a few minutes later she found Nchout who was able to score in stoppage time to send Cameroon into the next round.

Cameroon will play England on Sunday.

Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France
Attendance: 8,009
Referees: Kateryina Monzul (UKR), Maryna Striletska (UKR), Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR), Sandra Braz (POR)

Line ups:
CAM: Ngo Ndom, Feudjio, Yango (Abena 84’), Leuko, Ejangue, Johnson, Awona, Abam, Nchout, Aboudi Onguene (captain), Eganamouit (Takounda,54’)
NZL: Nayler, Bowen, Stott, Erceg, Green, Riley (captain), Percival, Duncan (Wilkinson 68’) , Chance (Longo 88’), Gregorius, White

– ForzaSusan

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