Thursday 17 October 2019

Cameroon beat New Zealand with last kick of game to qualify for last 16

Cameroon 2-1 New Zealand; Netherlands 2-1 Canada

Cameroon's forward Ajara Nchout (l) celebrates after scoring her second goal during the Women's World Cup Group E match at the Mosson Stadium in Montpellier. Photo: Pascal Guyot/Getty Images
Cameroon's forward Ajara Nchout (l) celebrates after scoring her second goal during the Women's World Cup Group E match at the Mosson Stadium in Montpellier. Photo: Pascal Guyot/Getty Images

Julien Pretot

Cameroon qualified for the Women's World Cup last 16 when Ajara Nchout earned them a 2-1 win over New Zealand with the last kick of their Group E match.

Nchout, whose opener was cancelled out by Aurelle Awona's own goal 10 minutes from time, found the back of the net five minutes into stoppage time to put the African side on three points.

Cameroon go through as one of the four best third-placed teams while New Zealand were eliminated after three defeats.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands' Anouk Dekker and Lineth Beerensteyn breached Canada's normally rock-solid defence with second-half goals to secure a 2-1 win that earned them top spot in Group E.

Dekker and Beerensteyn scored either side of Christine Sinclair's goal to put the Dutch on a maximum nine points with Canada, who had not conceded in their previous two games, finishing second on six.

The Netherlands will face Japan in the last 16 while Canada will take on either the United States or Sweden.

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