England comprehensively advanced to the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 win over Cameroon.
Phil Neville’s side headed into the round of 16 clash as the firm favourites and duly delivered in what was a heated affair.
The Lionesses went a goal up after 14 minutes via an indirect free-kick. Toni Duggan laid the ball off to Steph Houghton inside the area and the defender coolly slotted into the bottom corner.
Four minutes into stoppage time before the interval, England extended their lead to 2-0. Ellen White initially saw her composed finish denied, but after VAR checks, it was revealed that the forward was onside, ergo the goal stood.
With Cameroon still reeling after Ajara Nchout saw her emphatic finish ruled out after yet more VAR controversy, the Lionesses went three up. Duggan’s intelligent corner found the run of Alex Greenwood, who side-footed into the net to put her side 3-0 up.
England were composed and measured despite the robust challenges and animated behaviour of their African counterparts on the day.
Take a look at our player ratings for the Lionesses following their successful qualification for the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup.
Karen Bardsley - 9
Bardsley was very good. She hurried off her line several times to stifle Cameroon’s attacks and dealt with their efforts on goal well.
Lucy Bronze - 8
Bronze marauded down the right flank offering her teammates support on numerous occasions. She will be happy with her efforts.
Steph Houghton - 8
Houghton dispatched her goal with the confidence of a striker. Once again, she was composed at the back and recovered well when necessary.
Millie Bright - 7
Bright defended well and was confident on the ball. Her passing was, at times, wayward, but she was generally solid.
Alex Greenwood - 8
Got forward well and defended with composure. Took her goal extremely well after some clever set-piece work from England.
Keira Walsh - 8
Walsh anchored the midfield expertly. She covered space intelligently and ensured that England retained possession with efficiency and purpose.
Nikita Parris - 8
The winger’s energy is so crucial to how Neville likes to play. Parris was everywhere for England and her effervescene troubled Cameroon throughout.
Jill Scott - 9
Scott was imperious once again in midfield. She led by example and almost single-handedly won the midfield battle for her side.
Fran Kirby - 7
Kirby’s energy helped her find space and take up dangerous positions. She was by no means poor, but her final ball was somewhat lacking in the final third.
Toni Duggan - 8
Duggan was a step ahead of Cameroon’s defenders with her quick thinking and intelligent movement. She had an impressive game for the Lionesses.
Ellen White - 8
White took her goal in typically clinical fashion. She was constantly a menace to the Cameroon defenders.
Jodie Taylor – 6: Taylor was energetic in White’s absence but was wasteful when presented with the opportunity to pose a threat in the final third.
Lucy Staniforth – 7: Staniforth did not look out of place as she made her Women’s World Cup debut for England.
Leah Williamson – 6: Williamson was another who came on for her bow at the tournament. She was not on for long but looked bright when she got involved.