Published: Sun, June 23, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

England thump Cameroon in match overshadowed by VAR

England thump Cameroon in match overshadowed by VAR

They were left with a sense of injustice at the manner in which England's opening goal came about in the 14th minute, and their anger reached boiling point when White's goal to make it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time was initially disallowed for offside before being awarded after referee Qin Liang consulted with the Video Assistant Referee.

The Indomitable Lionesses carried on but were outclassed by an England side who will nevertheless need to improve considerably from this performance if they are to win the World Cup.

Extraordinary scenes then followed as Cameroon made their displeasure known about two VAR decisions that went against them.

England's Ellen White chased down a ball on the touchline and played it back into the box, where Cameroonian defender Augustine Ejangue touched it back to goalkeeper Annette Ngo Ndom, who picked it up.

VAR also got involved as Cameroon looked to have drawn within a goal at 2-1, but VAR confirmed an offside call that felt a bit harsh.

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England set up a Women's World Cup quarter-final against Norway after beating Cameroon 3-0 in a remarkable, ill-tempered clash in Valenciennes.

"It didn't feel like football, if I'm going to be honest. That wasn't a World Cup last 16 in terms of the behaviour I want to see from footballers". But a VAR check then showed she was inches offside and the goal was chalked off. Nchout was infuriated and had to be calmed down by her coach, Alain Djeumfa.

"The young girls that are seeing that behaviour, for me it's not right". There's a bigger picture here and there's a certain standard of behaviour that you've got to keep.

And Neville was not happy in his post-match interview despite the 3-0 win, stating that the game sent out a bad image of women's football.

The Manchester City star scored from just over six yards out after Cameroon had been penalised for a pass back.

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