Women’s World Cup roundup: Netherlands beats Canada
The Netherlands overcame Christine Sinclair’s 182nd international goal to beat Canada 2-1 on Thursday at Reims and earn a round-of-16 matchup against Japan at the Women’s World Cup.
Lineth Beerensteyn scored the tiebreaking goal in the 75th minute. The European champions won Group E with a 3-0 record while Canada finished second at 2-1.
Anouk Dekker put the Dutch ahead in the 54th minute and Sinclair tied the score in the 60th with her 10th World Cup goal. She needs just two goals two goals to tie the world record of 184 international goals set by American Abby Wambach.
Stephanie Frappart, who in April became the first woman to referee a men’s Ligue 1 match, signaled for a penalty kick in the first minute after the Netherland’s Desiree van Lunteren fouled Janine Beckie. But a video review determined the foul was outside the penalty area.
Cameroon 2, New Zealand 1
Ajara Nchout Njoya scored the second of her two goals in the fifth minute of stoppage time and Cameroon beat New Zealand 2-1 on Thursday night to advance to the round of 16.
Nchout Njoya slipped past New Zealand defender Ria Percival to curl the winning goal into the bottom right corner. She had also scored in the 57th minute to give Cameroon a 1-0 lead.
Cameroon’s Aurelle Awona made it 1-1 in the 80th minute when she turned the ball into her own goal.
Both teams came in needing a victory to have any chance of finishing as one of the top four third-place teams.
Cameroon has now qualified for the knockout stage in its first two World Cup appearances.
New Zealand has never gotten beyond the group stage in five World Cup appearances.
Chile 2, Thailand 0
Chile missed a penalty that would have sent it through to the round of 16 of the Women’s World Cup in a 2-0 victory over Thailand on Thursday.
Chile, scoreless in this tournament before the Thailand match, needed to win by three goals to advance as a third-place team.
Chile was ahead 2-0 when it was awarded a penalty in stoppage time after video review showed Thailand goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing had committed a foul just before Maria Jose Urrutia’s was cleared off the line by Natthakarn Chinwong.
The kick failed when Francisca Lara hit the crossbar.
Urrutia’s header 10 minutes before the end of regulation gave Chile a chance at qualifying for the knockout stage in its first World Cup appearance.
Urrutia was player of the match.
Chile and Thailand were both eliminated.
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