England boss Phil Neville on fiery Cameroon game

Ajara Nchout of Cameroon

Football Ferns knocked out of World Cup

The New Zealand women's football team have been dumped out of the World Cup in France following a 2-1 loss to Cameroon in their final group game.

The decision prompted another mass Cameroon protest with Nchout in tears as the Cameroon players remonstrated with the officials before play eventually resumed after another lengthy delay.

England will next play Norway in the quarterfinals on Thursday (Friday NZT) in Le Havre. It was a good win. I can't stand here and say "it's fantastic, it's brilliant, we're into the quarter final". "I sat through 90 minutes of football there and felt ashamed". That wasn't a world cup last 16 in terms of the behaviour that i want to see from footballers. This is going out worldwide. "I'm very proud of Toni, she just wiped it off and played on".

This should have been a match where Neville praised his players for cruising into the quarter-finals, but instead it the losing side that took the headlines. They never really recovered, though no player was booked for their actions. They kept the concentration fantastic, and this is going out worldwide about how to act. There are young girls playing all over the world that are seeing that behaviour. For me, that's not right.

'But I've got to say that wasn't football. There's a bigger picture here and there's a certain standard of behaviour that you've got to keep. "My players did that and I'm proud".

England (4-1-2-3): 1 Karen Bardsley (Manchester City); 2 Lucy Bronze (Lyon), 5 Steph Houghton (Manchester City), 6 Millie Bright (Chelsea), 3 Alex Greenwood (Manchester United); 4 Keira Walsh (Manchester City); 8 Jill Scott (Manchester City), 10 Fran Kirby (Chelsea); 7 Nikita Parris (Lyon), 18 Ellen White (Manchester City), 11 Toni Duggan (Barcelona).

Alexandra Takounda left a late challenge on Houghton and could have easily seen red for scraping her studs down her opponent's ankle.

VAR was used to review a potential offside, but ultimately the goal stood.

"The rules are the rules".

Alain Djeumfa's side had transformed this last-16 tie into farce with his team briefly refusing to restart the game after an England goal was given by VAR and another from Cameroon disallowed. That's pretty sad. At times, we probably didn't know whether the game would continue.

"So in the end they can count their lucky stars that it wasn't five and six".

"The behavior was wrong because this is the image of women's football we are talking about".

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