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Ajara Nchout of Cameroon celebrates following the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group E match between Cameroon and New Zealand at Stade de la Mosson on June 20, 2019 in Montpellier, France. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

For the First Time Ever, Two African Teams Have Qualified for the Knockout Stage of the Women's World Cup

Both Cameroon and Nigeria have progressed to the knockout rounds and will face England and Germany, respectively.

Cameroon's Indomitable Lionesses and Nigeria's Super Falcons will both head to round 16 of the Women's World Cup, marking the first time ever that two African teams have progressed to this stage of the games.

The Lionesses earned their spot in the next round of games after beating New Zealand in a memorable 2-1 game on Thursday, which saw star forward Ajara Nchout deliver an impressive last-minute goal to close the game in Cameroon's favor. Nchout's goal has been one of the most memorable of the tournament so far.


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After the Super Falcons lost 1-0 to France earlier this week, the team had to await the outcome of the Chile vs Thailand match to secure a spot in the next round. Thankfully, the results were in their favor, allowing the team to qualify for the knockout round.

Earlier in the tournament, the Super Falcons edged out South Korea, winning 2-0.

Next Cameroon will face England, while Nigeria will take on Germany. As always, we'll be rooting for every African team on the roster. Congrats to the Lionesses and the Super Falcons for making Word Cup history!

Keep up with our 2019 Women's World Cup coverage, and stay posted for more updates as the games continue.

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Aurelle Awona and Ajara Nchout of Cameroon celebrate (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Cameroon Qualified For the Next Round of the Women's World Cup In Epic Fashion

The Indomitable Lionesses went through with an incredible last minute goal by Ajara Nchout.

Cameroon have just qualified for the next round of the Women's World Cup!

The Indomitable Lionesses were up against the New Zealand for a match in which both teams were fighting to stay alive in the competition. Following a tepid first half, the teams came out strongly for what proved to be a lively last 45+ minutes.

Cameroonian forward Ajara Nchout was at the center of the action as she scored Cameroon's first goal in the 58th minute after receiving a cross and turning smartly to open herself up for a clear shot on goal. 1-0 to the Indomitable Lionesses.

Things took a turn for the worse with an own goal in the 80th minute when Awona attempted to clear a long New Zealand cross but ended up putting the ball in her own net. 1-1.

Cameroon kept pushing and almost capitalized on a few key attacks but it wasn't until five minutes into stoppage time, at 90+5, that, with the last kick off the game, they won it.

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