Cameroon scored a miraculous, last-second goal to advance to knockout round at the Women's World Cup

  • Cameroon scored a shocking late goal in their match against New Zealand to seal an unlikely spot in the knockout round of the Women's World Cup.
  • Heading into the match, Cameroon was winless in this year's tournament, but the last-gasp goal from midfielder Ajara Nchout proved enough to send the team through.
  • Cameroon is playing in just their second Women's World Cup and now has reached the knockout stage in both campaigns.
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Cameroon escaped to the knockout round of the Women's World Cup in dramatic fashion on Thursday, scoring a goal in the 95th minute of their match against New Zealand to seal their spot in the next phase of the tournament.

Entering the match, Cameroon was winless in the tournament, losing tightly contested games against Canada and the Netherlands to start the group stage. But thanks to the format of the Women's World Cup, which advances some third-place teams into the knockout stage, Cameroon still had a shot to continue on with a win against New Zealand.

Read more: Women's World Cup 2019: Everything you need to know before the tournament kicks off in Paris

Chances of victory seemed slim late in the match with the score knotted at 1-1, but thanks to a magnificent individual effort from midfielder Ajara Nchout, the "Indomitable Lionesses" will live to play another day.

With the final seconds of the match dwindling away, Nchout received the ball just forwards of midfield, charged at into the attacking space, sent a defender to the ground with a vicious fake step, and found the back of the net with an absolutely beautiful finish.

You can watch the game-deciding goal below. If the first video doesn't work in your location, try the second.

Cameroon is playing in just their second Women's World Cup, and have now found a way to the knockout stage in both of their tournament campaigns — an impressive bit of success for a team so new to the top tier of international competition.

Their next match will come on June 23, when they will most likely face the Lionesses of England.

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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 24: Stina Blackstenius of Sweden celebrates after scoring her team's first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Sweden and Canada at Parc des Princes on June 24, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marianna Massey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MONTPELLIER, FRANCE - JUNE 25: Shimeng Peng of China fails to save as Aurora Galli of Italy (not pictured) scores her team's second goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Italy and China at Stade de la Mosson on June 25, 2019 in Montpellier, France. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
REIMS, FRANCE - JUNE 24: (L-R) Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh of the USA celebrate victory after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Spain and USA at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 24, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
REIMS, FRANCE - JUNE 24: Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates scoring a goal from the penalty spot after a VAR during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Spain and USA at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 24, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Daniela Porcelli/Getty Images)
REIMS, FRANCE - JUNE 24: Jennifer Hermoso of Spain battles for possession with Julie Ertz of the USA during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Spain and USA at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 24, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Italy's Elisa Bartoli, right, jumps over China goalkeeper Peng Shimeng, second right, just before Italy's Valentina Giacinti scored the opening goal during the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Italy and China at Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier, France, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Italy won 2-0. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
United States'Tobin Heath, left, is challenged for the ball by Spain's Maria Leon during the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Spain and US at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
France's Griedge Mbock Bathy, left, and Brazil's Cristiane go for a header during the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Brazil at the Oceane stadium in Le Havre, France, Sunday, June 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Scotland's Caroline Weir, right, tussles for the ball with Argentina's Florencia Bonsegundo, left, and Vanesa Santana during the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Scotland and Argentina at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Scotland goalkeeper Lee Alexander fails to block a shoot from Argentina's Florencia Bonsegundo to score Argentina's second goal during the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Scotland and Argentina at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Scotland's Erin Cuthbert covers her face at the end of the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Scotland and Argentina at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The match ended in a 3-3 draw. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italy's Sara Gama, top, celebrates with teammates at the end of the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Italy and Brazil at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Italy won Group C on goal difference over Australia and Brazil as all three nations finished with 2-1 records and six points. Le Azzurre will play a third-place team in the round of 16 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
Jamaica's Cheyna Matthews, foreground, fights for the ball with Australia's Steph Catley during the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Jamaica and Australia at Stade des Alpes stadium in Grenoble, France, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Norway's Caroline Graham Hansen, left, reacts as she is fouled in the penalty box by South Korea's Kang Chae-rim during the Women's World Cup Group A soccer match between Norway and South Korea at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Monday, June 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Spain's Irene Paredes, left, goes up against China's Yang Li during the Women's World Cup Group B soccer match between China and Spain at the Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, Monday, June 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Norway's Isabell Herlovsen, right, kicks the ball clear of South Korea's Moon Mi-ra, and Kang Chae-rim, bottom, during the Women's World Cup Group A soccer match between Norway and South Korea at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Monday, June 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 19: Erin Cuthbert of Scotland celebrates with teammates after scoring her team's third goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group D match between Scotland and Argentina at Parc des Princes on June 19, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Cathrin Mueller - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan, left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring her team's first goal during the Women's World Cup Group E soccer match between Canada and Cameroon in Montpellier, France, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Netherlands' Vivianne Miedemam, right, kicks the ball challenged by New Zealand's Rebekah Stott during the Women's World Cup Group E soccer match between New Zealand and the Netherlands in Le Havre, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider, left, and Brazil's Ludmila go for the ball during the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Brazil and Jamaica in Grenoble, France, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Chile's Camila Saez, left, and Sweden's Nilla Fischer, right, go for a header during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between Chile and Sweden at the Roazhon Park in Rennes, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
MONTPELLIER, FRANCE - JUNE 10: Christine Manie of Cameroon is challenged by Deanne Rose of Canada during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group E match between Canada and Cameroon at Stade de la Mosson on June 10, 2019 in Montpellier, France. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Nikita Parris of England celebrates after scoring her team's first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group D match between England and Scotland at Stade de Nice on June 09, 2019 in Nice, France. (Photo by Hannah Peters - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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