China makes it through
It advances without coach on sideline over upstart and will play the winner of U.S.-Colombia match.
EDMONTON, Canada— Wang Shanshan scored early and China held on to stay a live at the Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 knockout round victory over upstart Cameroon on Saturday.
China, ranked No. 16 in the world, will play the winner of Monday night’s game between the United States and Colombia. A number of players from the U.S. team watched the match at Commonwealth Stadium.
China was playing without its head Coach Hao Wei on the sidelines, after he was sent off from the team’s final group stage match against New Zealand.
Cameroon, No. 53, was the lowest ranked of the 16 teams that advanced to the elimination round. Many players remained on the field sobbing after the final whistle.
Assistant Chang Weiwei stood in for Haoon the sidelines.
Wang scored in the 12th minute, taking a feed from Li Donga off a corner kick and popping the ball past Cameroon goalkeeper Annette Ngo Ndom.
Cameroon was runner-up at the 2014 African championship.