England into World Cup last 8.

England into World Cup last 8.

England ran out 3-0 winners against Cameroon to reach the Last 8 of the Women’s World Cup in what turned out to be a controversial game in Valenciennes in a game that saw Leah Williamson and Lucy Staniforth make their World Cup debuts.

Steph Houghton lashed in an early opener after an early back pass gave England an indirect free-kick guiding the ball low into an unprotected few inches low into the bottom corner.

On the stroke of the break it was 2-0 as Ellen White fired in a sweet first time finish to equal Kelly Smiths record as all time top goalscorer for England at a World Cup. However the new Manchester City striker was made to wait due to a VAR review that initially ruled the goal out.

This enraged the Cameroon team and chaos descended in Valenciennes as twice they huddled together not wanting to restart the match clearly furious with VAR overturning the decision.

However more controversy was to follow as an English defensive mix-up allowed Ajara Nchout to shoot beyond Karen Bardsley. This time the referee awarded the goal only for it to be disallowed following the VAR review.

Manchester United captain Alex Greenwood sealed the scoring on 58 minutes as she fired home following a well worked corner routine with Toni Duggan.

The Lionesses were then denied a penalty as Fran Kirby weaved her way into the box before being brought down by Ysis Sonkeng however following a VAR check it wasn’t given when it probably should have been given.

England could and probably should have added a fourth in injury time as Jodie Taylor was played in but she dragged her strike wide of the target.

Phil Neville’s side will now take on Norway in Le Havre on Thursday evening in the quarter finals.


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