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‘19 Women’s World Cup: New Zealand (Hassett, Cleverley) loses 2-1 to Cameroon in another extra time heartbreak

The Football Ferns need a win (and Thai don’t lose to Chile by more than 4 goals later today) to claim the last spot in the knockout stage.

New Zealand v United States
If they can win big, New Zealand may play USA in the knockout stage.
Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images


New Zealand 1, Cameroon 2

The Football Ferns are out after another extra time loss in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Apparently, New Zealand has never won a match in the Women’s World Cup and that streak will continue for another 4 years. In this World Cup, New Zealand also has not scored a goal as their lone goal in this one came from a Cameroon own goal.

With plenty of chances after the fortuitous equalizer, New Zealand eventually allows Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout loose and she scored her second goal of this match in 90+5 minute to put Cameroon through to the Round of 16 for only the 2nd time. Had this match ended in a draw, both nations would have been eliminated from advancing.

Cal alum Betsy Hassett, with a heavily wrapped left hand, did not start this match but came in as a sub of a defender in the 68th minute. Cal junior Daisy Cleverley did not see any on-the-field action in her 2nd World Cup appearance. Nonetheless, I am sure this was a great learning experience for Cleverley as she plays for Cal this fall.

The 4 Cal Bears in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will all be in action today. First up is New Zealand Football Ferns against Cameroon. Despite two tight losses, New Zealand actually still has a chance to grab the last (4th) and final 3rd place berth to the round of 16 knockout stage. All New Zealand got to do is beat Cameroon and wait for the Chile-Thailand results latter. If New Zealand can score 3 goals or win by 2, they will definitely clinch a spot to the knockout stage (passing Nigeria in the process); otherwise, even with a win, the Football Ferns have to see that Chile does not beat Thailand by more than 5 goals to grab the last spot (based on goal differential).

In two matches against the Netherlands and Canada, New Zealand has been shutout 1-0 and 2-0.

Cal alum Betsy Hassett has started both matches at midfield, while Cal junior Daisy Cleverley has not got in a match yet.

New Zealand (0-2-0) vs. Cameroon (0-2-0)

Where: Montpellier, France

When: 9 AM PT