Controversy among video game assistant referees has helped soccer players to go out twice this week at the FIFA Women's World Cup, setting results in other games that left them with a clear task when they face Cameroon on Friday. [kickoff 4am NZ time].
Argentina and France both benefited from a penalty shootout, controversial by the VAR, with goals that followed respectively, setting a 3-3 draw with Scotland on Thursday and a 1-0 win over Nigeria on Tuesday, market.
Nigeria finished third in Group A with three points, while Argentina finished third in Group D with two points, and both will be in the sights of the Ferns – and Cameroon – when they meet at the Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier. final of group E, seeking to advance as one of the four best teams of the third place.
Group B China and Group C Brazil have already secured two places available, and the Ferns of football can join them in the knockout stage for the first time if they win by two goals, by a goal and score in the less than three, or a 2-1 win, maintaining its fair-play *, currently 0, up from -8 in Nigeria.
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If you win by 1×0, or 2×1, as long as you get enough yellow and / or red cards to ruin your fair play, they will finish ahead of Argentina but below Nigeria, and will have to wait and wait for Chile not to do so. beat Thailand by three goals or more on Friday morning in Group F.
The Ferns' task is still difficult – Cameroon are almost in the same scenario, which should contribute to a fascinating contest – but it's a lot easier than it would be 20 minutes to play between Argentina and Scotland. On thursday.
At the Parc des Princes in Paris, the Scots had gone up 3-0, a score that would have left the Ferns needing a big win, then a nervous wait while Chile faced Thailand, who suffered 18 goals in their first two matches .
Fortunately for the ferns, Argentina retaliated, first through Milagros Menendez in the 74th minute, then with a goal against the 79th, with Florencia Bonesgundo converting his second penalty shootout four minutes later to score the points and give hope to the team. – They will advance alongside Nigeria if the matches between Ferns-Cameroon and Chile-Thailand end in draws.
There was no doubt that Scottish goalkeeper Lee Alexander had left his line, as did Nigerian Chiamaka Nnadozie against Frenchman Roazhon Park in Rennes earlier this week, allowing Wendie Renard to make up for his failure in the first place.
But there is much debate to be made about whether VAR should be involved in such decisions, especially when receiving the benefit of video replays that may reveal imperceptible motion in real time.
New Zealand know how it feels, with Michael Woud being surprised earlier this month in a penalty shoot-out against Colombia in the last 16 of the U20 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, after three consecutive defenses to start competition.
The resumption was also settled on that occasion and, from there, Colombia did not miss again, with Woud clearly worried about leaving the field very early in the face of the attempts that followed.
But while this may seem cruel, the same approach has given Ferns a lifeline, and now it's a matter of taking it, against a country that won 3-1 at its only previous meeting at the 2012 London Olympics , where the same prize – a place in the eighth – was in dispute
Cameroon are in 46th place in the world ranking, while the Ferns are in 19th place, which would normally make this a game that would be expected to win, but in a World Cup and what is at stake, and strong displays of the African country against Canada and the Netherlands, a fierce contest is expected.
The Ferns 3-1 victory over seven years ago is just one of 11 two-goal wins in 148 games against the non-oceanic opposition since 2006 when the New Zealand women's program received new life after leaving Australia to the Asian confederation. which gives an indication of the size of the task ahead of them.
His most recent success at that margin was a 2-0 win over Argentina in February at the Nations Cup and a 5-0 victory over Thailand in November 2017.
The ferns have never won a World Cup match in 14 attempts and are seeking a place in the last 16 for the first time.
The ferns will end up as one of the top four third-placed teams and advance to the last 16 if
– defeat Cameroon by two goals.
– Defeat Cameroon by one goal while scoring at least three.
– beat Cameroon 2-1 without catching -9 fair play points *.
– Cameroon go 1-0 and Chile do not beat Thailand by three goals or more.
* Fair play points are distributed to the cards: -1 for a yellow card, -3 for an indirect red card, -4 for a straight red card, -5 for a yellow card and a straight red card. Football Ferns have 0 after two games, while Nigeria, the team they are trying to pick up, has -8.
The contenders [Six teams in the running for two spots]
Nigeria: 3 points, -2 goals difference, 2 goals scored, -8 points of fair play
Argentina: 2 points, -1 goal difference, 3 goals scored, -3 points of fair play
Cameroon: 0 points, -3 goal difference, 1 goal scored, -5 points of fair play
Soccer fry: 0 points, -3 difference goals, 0 goals scored, 0 points of fair play
Chile: 0 points, -5 goal difference, 0 goal scored, -5 points of fair play
Thailand: 0 points, -17 goal difference, 1 goal scored, -3 points of fair play
The fixings [NZ time]
Friday, 4: Soccer Ferns v Cameroon; Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Friday, 7am: Thailand v Chile; Roazhon Park, Rennes