Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses have qualified for the Round of 16 of the ongoing 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France after their Thursday’s 2-1 win against New Zealand in Group E proved enough to qualify them as one of the best four third-place teams, Completesports.com reports.
Before Thursday’s matches, Nigeria (4 points, Argentina (2 points), Cameroon (0 point), New Zealand (0 point) were in the running for the two remaining tickets among the four best third-place/teams.
Brazil, with six points, in Group C and China, with four points from Group, were the first two teams to advance to the Round of 16 as third-place sides.
Ajara Nchout was the Lionesses’ heroine , netting a brace that secured their win in the explosive encounter. Nchout scored the curtain-raiser in the 57th minute . New Zealand equalized through Aurelle Awona’s own goal in the 80th minute.
The match seemed heading for a draw, in favour of Nigeria, but player-of-the match, Nchout pounced again just five minutes into time added on for stoppages (95th minute) for the goal that kept Cameroon in the tournament.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria would have advanced had the match ended in draw. Cameroon tied with Nigeria on three points, but the Indomitable Lionesses have better goal difference and better disciplinary record.
Super Falcons will now hope that the result of Group F match between Thailand and Chile later tonight favours them.
Chile can only advance ahead of the Super Falcons if they beat Thailand with a diffence of three goals. The South Americans have better disciplinary record which is an edge against Thomas Dennerby’s team should they tie on points and goal difference.