Cameroon beats New Zealand to reach World Cup Round of 16


Cameroon players celebrate after scoring the opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group E match between Cameroon and New Zealand at the Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier, France, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Claude Paris/AP)

MONTPELLIER, France — 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 in the Women’s World Cup.

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.

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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.


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