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23rd Jun 2019

England reach last eight of World Cup as VAR calls lead to chaos

Patrick McCarry

VAR Cameroon

VAR was consulted on four different occasions in the match and there was 15 minutes added time due to reviews and temporary player strikes.

The Video Assistant Referee system plunged the Women’s World Cup into farce, on Sunday, as England reached the last eight. Here were the highlights:

  • England goals for Houghton (14 minutes)White (45) and Greenwood (58)
  • Six-yard indirect free awarded as Cameroon goalkeeper picks up back-pass
  • Cameroon players going on strike after second England goal
  • Cameroon have VAR rule out a seemingly good goal
  • 90-second VAR hold-up ultimately leads to England not getting a penalty no-one from their side claimed

It was pure chaos in the Last 16 clash between Cameroon and Phil Neville’s England side, who won out 3-0 in controversial circumstances.

The madness began after 14 minutes when England’s Steff Houghton scored from an indirect free on the six-yard line:

The were pure scenes in Valenciennes as the Cameroonian players refused to play on for over two minutes after England went 2-0 ahead.

The referee and her officials did their best to resume play but some players were on their way up the tunnel and in tears:

Cameroon looked to have gotten right back into the match with a goal on the 47th minute but VAR intervened again and the goal was chalked off for the most marginal of offsides.

That was the icing on a particularly distasteful cake and, once again, players had to be urged to continue with the game.

The England win was sealed just before the hour-mark as Manchester United captain Alex Greenwood drilled home when Toni Duggan found her with a corner-kick.

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