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2019 Women's World Cup

Day 15: France, England advance to quarterfinals

LE HAVRE, FRANCE - JUNE 14: during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group D match between England and Argentina at Stade OcŽane on June 14, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Daniela Porcelli/Getty Images)

France 2, Brazil 1

Hosts France narrowly avoided disaster in the round of 16, needing extra time to defeat Brazil, 2-1 on Sunday in Le Havre. Amandine Henry scored the game winning goal in the 107th minute, lunging to redirect service from Amel Majri.

Valerie Gauvin gave Les Bleues seven minutes after halftime, redirecting Kadidiatou Diani’s cross. Gauvin had looked to put France ahead in the first half, only to see video review call off her goal.

Thaisa equalized for Brazil in the 63rd minute to add tension for the hosts, but Brazil ultimately broke down in the extra 30 minutes.

This could be the end of an era for Brazil. Formiga is 41 years old and played in her record seventh World Cup. Marta is 33 and Cristiane is 34; whether or not they are back in another four years is a major question.

After the match, Marta implored the future generations of Brazil to work harder and strive to be better.

England 3, Cameroon 0

England is heading back to the quarterfinals after capturing a 3-0 victory over Cameroon. Before the match even began, Cameroon made history by being one of two African nations to make the Round of 16. Nigeria was the other team, but saw their World Cup journey end yesterday against Germany.

England kept control of the match and took advantage of a Cameroon blunder in the 14th minute. On an indirect free kick, English defender Steph Houghton found the back of the net to garner an early lead. Meanwhile, Ellen White added to the lead right before halftime. VAR did a quick check to make sure that White wasn’t offside, and ruled that the goal was indeed good.

In the second half, England got a break when VAR ruled that Ajara Nchout was offside and cancelled her goal. For Cameroon players and coach Alain Djeumfa, the offside call sparked controversy and plenty of reaction.

However, England remained collected and added a third goal to secure their place in the quarterfinals. Alex Greenwood scored her third international goal in the 58th minute, off a perfectly place ball from Toni Duggan.

The Lionesses will now face Norway in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 3 p.m. EST.

Goal Summary

  • England (Steph Houghton, 14′)
  • England (Ellen White, 45’+4′)
  • England (Alex Greenwood, 58′)

Caution Summary

  • Cameroon (Yvonne Leuko, 4′)
  • Cameroon (Alexandra Takounda, 90’+10′)

Rachael McKriger 

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