SportsFrance beats Norway 2-1 to remain undefeated in World Cup
Italy beats Australia 2-1 on Bonansea's stoppage time goal
VALENCIENNE, France — Barbara Bonansea scored twice, including the game-winner in stoppage time, as Italy upset Australia 2-1 in the Women's World Cup on Sunday. Bonansea got past Australian captain Sam Kerr with a header that caught goalkeeper Lydia Williams off guard in the fifth minute of stoppage time. The Juventus player also had the equalizer in the 56th minute for the 15th-ranked Italians, who are making their first appearance in the World Cup since 1999. © Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc Sam Kerr, playing in her third World Cup, scored her first-ever goal in the tournament in the 22nd minute for the sixth-ranked Matildas.
NICE, France — France recovered from a terrible own goal to beat Norway 2-1 on Wednesday as the host nation remained undefeated at the Women's World Cup.
Eugenie Le Sommer scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute after video review determined Ingrid Syrstad Engen had fouled Marion Torrent in the area.
Valerie Gauvin, benched in France's opening 4-0 win over South Korea, broke the deadlock after halftime but Norway tied when Wendie Renard turned a cross into her own net.
Renard, considered one of the best defenders in the world, appeared to be in tears as she raised her face to the sky in anguish.
France tops Group A after VAR drama, Norway grabs 2nd place
Video replay was the MVP for France on Monday. A contentious VAR decision helped the host nation earn a 1-0 win over Nigeria and secure the top spot in Group A. After sending an errant penalty off the outside of the post with just over 10 minutes to go in Rennes, French defender Wendie Renard was allowed to retake the spot-kick when teenage goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was adjudged by VAR to have jumped off her line early. Replays showed she was mere inches off the line when Renard struck the ball. The ruling about retaking penalties when goalkeepers step off the line before the ball is kicked is ridiculous. If it's blatant, yes, retake the penalty.
France moved three points ahead of Norway in Group A. Nigeria was also three points behind France, which is vying to become the first nation to hold both the men's and women's World Cup titles at the same time.
Norway, which won the competition in 1995, is playing without Ada Hegerberg. The 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner stepped down from the national team because of what she says are differences in the way the federation treats the men's and women's teams.
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England beats Cameroon 3-0 to advance in World Cup.
VALENCIENNES, France — Steph Houghton scored on a rare free kick to set England on its way to a 3-0 victory over Cameroon on Sunday, clinching a place in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals after a game punctuated by the anger of the African team over VAR decisions. At times during the incident-filled game in northeast France, the Cameroon players looked like they might refuse to resume playing as they protested against decisions while referee Quin Liang struggled to maintain control. Houghton scored the first goal after the captain was set up for an indirect free kick in the penalty area in the 14th minute.
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