Phil Neville and the three Lionesses have found themselves on the receiving end of harsh but true decisions from the Video Assistant Referee in their semi finals game against the USA.
The game looked delicately poised and headed for extra time after Ellen White expertly found her way into the area and slotted pass the goalie in what looked her second on the day and her 7th for the tournament, but referee Edina Alves Batista didn’t even need a second look, as she was very certain with the report from the VAR and denied the goal.
The image of Ellen White gesticulating to the referee to check the screen brings us with past images of the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon telling referee Qin Liang in their round of 16’s encounter against England, to consult the VAR for the disallowed goal that was scored by Ajara Nchout.
England was anything but calm as Phil Neville claimed in the round of 16’s post match press conference talking about his players not being emotional; Nikita Parris, was constantly on the referees case and got a silly yellow for not controlling her emotions while Millie Bright went in with almost a career ending tackle on US captain Alex Morgan; fortunately the skipper’s leg was not rooted, but the result was a red for Millie Bright.
The journey continues for the US – in search for their 5th WWC trophy while England would wait for the loser between Netherlands and Sweden to play her third place with.