20 players represented by LTA Agency have reached the round of 16 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup-France 2019.
Cameroon is the first African nation to reach back-to-back in a FIFA World Cup knockouts. To progress to that level of the competition for a second time, they defeated New Zealand 2-1 thank to a second fantastic last-minute goal of the brave striker Ajara NCHOUT NJOYA, who secured her squad’s qualification. Aboudi ONGUENE who captained the game made awesome assist for Ajara’s second goal. Augustine EJANGUE, Raissa FEUDJIO and Genevieve NGO MBELECK played full time while Gaelle ENGANAMOUIT played 54 minutes.
Ngozi EBERE’s Nigeria beat the Korea Republic to advance to the last 16 for the first time in 20 years. The Super Falcon defender, Ebere featured in all matches in the group phase.
Australians Aivi LUIK and Mary FOWLER won two games and Luik made her World Cup debut in the Matildas’ 4-1 win over Jamaica.
Norway was in Group A alongside France, Nigeria and Korea Republic. They beat Nigeria (3-0) and Korea Republic (2-1) Lisa-Marie UTLAND scored a goal and played in the three games. Stine HOVLAND, Cecilie Redisch KVAMME, Therese Sessy ÅSLAND, and Emilie NAUTNES featured in the squad list.
Spain qualified with four points. They won the match against South Africa (3-1) and drew against China PR (0-0). Irene PAREDES had an important role in the defense as she played 90 minutes of each match, Virginia TORRECILLA provided an assist, Amanda SAMPEDRO, and Nahikari GARCIA also featured in the matches.
Sweden finished runner-up of Group F, with two victories, one against Chile (2-0) and another one against Thailand (5-1). With one clean sheet in three matches, the Sweden first-choice goalkeeper, Hedvig LINDAHL played all the matches with her compatriot defender, Linda SEMBRANT who didn’t only secure defense but also helped to the qualification as she opened the score against Thailand.
Saturday, June 22th Germany vs Nigeria Norway vs Australia
Sunday, June 23th England vs Cameroon
Monday, June 24th Spain vs United States Sweden vs Canada