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England to face Cameroon in the last 16 following last-gasp drama

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 19: The England players form a team huddle after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group D match between Japan and England at Stade de Nice on June 19, 2019 in Nice, France. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 19: The England players form a team huddle after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group D match between Japan and England at Stade de Nice on June 19, 2019 in Nice, France. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

By Nick Mashiter

England will take on Cameroon in the last 16 of the Women's World Cup in France.

The Lionesses' place in the knockout stages was already secured before Wednesday's 2-0 victory over Japan, but they were made to wait 24 hours for their opponents to be confirmed for Valenciennes on Sunday.

Cameroon beat New Zealand 2-1 courtesy of a stoppage-time goal from Ajara Nchout which enabled them to finish third in Group E and advance.

Should Phil Neville's side get past Cameroon, they will face either Norway or Australia in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Francisca Lara blew Chile's chance to dramatically claim a place in the last 16.

Needing to beat Thailand by three clear goals in their final Group F game to set up a showdown with England, Chile were leading 2-0 courtesy of an own goal from goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing and Maria Jose Urrutia when VAR awarded an 85th-minute penalty.

With history beckoning for La Roja in their debut World Cup tournament, Lara rattled her spot-kick against the crossbar, allowing Nigeria to claim the last of the four places open to the best third-placed sides.

The Netherlands finished top of Group E with a 100% record after a 2-1 victory over Canada, who finish in second place.

And the United States continued their impressive start to their title defence as they beat rivals Sweden 2-0 to top Group F.

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