Sweden through to quarterfinals with 1-0 win over Canada

Stina Blackstenius scored early in the second half and Sweden advanced to the quarterfinals at the Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Canada on Monday in Paris.

Blackstenius scored in the 55th minute. Canada had a chance to pull even in the 69th but goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl stopped Janine Beckie’s penalty kick after a handball was called on Kosovare Asllani.

Ninth-ranked Sweden will face No. 2 Germany in a quarterfinal on Saturday in Rennes. Germany advanced to the quarterfinals for the eighth straight time, beating Africa champion Nigeria 3-0 on Saturday.

Sweden was eliminated with a 4-1 loss to Germany in the round of 16 four years ago at the World Cup in Canada.

Beckie took the penalty rather than captain Christine Sinclair, whose 182 goals remain two shy of matching the record set by retired American Abby Wambach.

Sinclair, who had a goal in Canada’s final group stage match against the Netherlands, is the second player to score in five straight World Cups, joining Brazil’s Marta.

Cameroon reactions: The head of women’s soccer in Africa wants Cameroon to face punishment for the conduct of players in Sunday’s loss to England. The Cameroon team rebelled against VAR decisions in the 3-0 loss in the round of 16.

Isha Johansen, who sits on the Confederation of African Football executive committee and is president of the women’s soccer body, says she is “proud of our African female teams.” But Johansen believes the game “reflected badly not only on African women’s football but African football on the whole. It is an issue which will be addressed and dealt with at the appropriate levels of governance.”

By revolting against VAR decisions and contemplating not resuming play, the Cameroon players left Phil Neville, who led the England traveling party, “completely and utterly ashamed.”

The Cameroonians were convinced of a plot by the referees. At halftime, trailing 2-0 after Ellen White had been awarded a second goal initially scrubbed out for offside, Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa inflamed the anger.

“The referee wants England to win today,” Djeumfa said, according to an account of midfielder Raissa Feudjio.

After rage in the stadium Sunday, England players received a more convivial reception at their Royal Hainaut Spa and Resort Hotel they shared with Cameroon. It came remarkably from Cameroon supporters who were more graceful than some of their dissenting national players earlier in the humid cauldron of Stade de Hainaut in Valenciennes.

“We went to the hotel and it’s been amazing,” said Neville. “We saw them go out to training (on Saturday) and they had a ghetto blaster and the kit man went out singing and dancing.

“My players joined in dancing in the corridors. Our meal and meeting rooms were side by side. That’s the spirit of football.”

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