Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

England ease to win over frustrated Cameroon side angered by VAR decisions

England ease to win over frustrated Cameroon side angered by VAR decisions

England boss Phil Neville said his side's Women's World Cup win over Cameroon "didn't feel like football". And I am completely and utterly ashamed of the opposition. There are young girls playing all over the world that are seeing that behaviour.

White curled home left-footed, an identical finish to her goal against Scotland in the opening group game, but she was made to wait until VAR confirmed that she was onside, leaving the Cameroon players infuriated, with some in tears. The referee then only booked substitute Alexandra Takounda, again with VAR, for a awful challenge on Haughton in second half stoppage time.

It was White's fourth strike of France 2019, making her just the second England player, after Kelly Smith, to score four goals at a single World Cup finals.

Following the game, which saw England advance to the quarter finals, Phil Neville blasted Cameroon in an interview with the BBC. But I've got to say that wasn't football for me.

The protests continued in the tunnel at halftime, with the Cameroon team emerging on to the pitch early for the restart, forming an intense huddle in the middle of the pitch.

Former England defender Neville, however, said he had no sympathy.

"We are spoken to by Federation Internationale de Football Association about 350,000 times and in the end, the referee took pity on them". A team that are refusing to play. I've never seen circumstances like that on a football pitch and I think that kind of behaviour is pretty sad.

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14' GOAL! - Another searching ball from Kirby finds White, who crosses for Duggan and Cameroon end up conceding a free kick in the box for a back pass. Haughton smashes home.

The first goal was a insane one that came off a back pass to the goalkeeper and a penalty on Cameroon.

England, who finished third in the 2015 tournament, pulled further ahead in the 58th minute when Alex Greenwood swept in from a corner. She had also scored in the 57th minute to give Cameroon a 1-0 lead.

Alongside the VAR fallout, the game was marked by indiscipline and rash challenges throughout.

England will need to quickly get over the less savoury aspect of the match and turn their attention to what will be a far stiffer test when they face Norway in Le Havre in the last-eight.

Cameroon's Augustine Ejangue was adjudged to have passed the back to her keeper just six yards out. The Scandinavians beat Australia on penalties on Saturday.

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