England vs Cameroon and five other bad-tempered matches at major tournaments

England made it to the quarter-finals of the 2019 Women’s World Cup with a victory over Cameroon but this match made the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The Lionesses won 3-0 but the contest was marred by the behaviour of their opponents.

It even looked like the Cameroon players would leave the pitch at one point

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It even looked like the Cameroon players would leave the pitch at one point

Cameroon were very physical with England and one player even spat on Toni Duggan during the game.

However, the most controversial moment saw the Cameroon players get in a huddle for a few minutes mid-game shortly after England scored their second goal, claiming it was offside even though VAR replays show White’s strike was onside.

Lionesses boss Neville was outraged with the Cameroon players

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Lionesses boss Neville was outraged with the Cameroon players

Phil Neville blasted the actions of the Cameroon players as ‘disrespectful’ afterwards.

This is not the first time things things have descended into near chaos at a major tournament.

Below are five other ill-tempered matches that have happened in previous years.

Italy vs Chile (1962 World Cup)

This group match was referred as “the most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football in the history of the game.”

With this in mind, it’s not surprising that this has been named the ‘Battle of Santiago’ which amazingly saw only two players get sent off.

The first foul in the game happened after just 12 seconds!

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The first foul in the game happened after just 12 seconds!

English referee Kenneth Aston totally had his work cut out and the police even had to intervene on more than one occasion. Chile won the game 2-0 by the way.

England vs Argentina (1966 World Cup)

The next World Cup saw host nation England contest a fiery quarter-final clash with Argentina at Wembley Stadium.

Alf Ramsay’s men won 1-0 thanks to Geoff Hurst’s winning goal but the game will always be remembered for the clashes between both sets of players.

Hurst headed home the winner and England went on to win the tournament with wins over Portugal and West Germany

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Hurst headed home the winner and England went on to win the tournament with wins over Portugal and West Germany

Argentina captain Antonio Rattin was shown the red card in the first-half and he was so incensed with the decision, he and his team-mates threatened to walk off the pitch if it wasn’t overturned. The referee didn’t budge and the game carried on.

France vs Kuwait (1982 World Cup)

This was not a bad-tempered game as such but one incident during a match between France and Kuwait will go down as one of the most bizarre moments in World Cup history.

The French were 3-1 up at the time when Alain Giresse slammed home another goal after the defenders failed to put a challenge in.

Alain Giresse in action for France

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Alain Giresse in action for France

However, the Kuwait players claim to have heard a whistle get blown in the crowd and it looked like they were going to walk off the pitch.

Then Kuwait FA president at the time Prince Fahid walked onto the pitch and managed to persuade the referee to disallow the goal.

France did end up getting their fourth later on as they marched onto a 4-1 win.

Portugal vs Netherlands (2006 World Cup)

This last-16 clash at the 2006 World Cup between Portugal and the Netherlands, which saw two players from each side get sent off has been aptly named the Battle of Nuremburg.

The referee just couldn’t establish any kind of order in the game, much like the referee during the England Women v Cameroon Women match.

Referee Valentin Ivanov issued four red cards and 16 yellow cards – a World Cup record

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Referee Valentin Ivanov issued four red cards and 16 yellow cards – a World Cup record

Chelsea flop Maniche scored the winning goal, while Costinha, Deco, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Khalid Boulahrouz saw red.

Colombia vs England (2018 World Cup)

England’s last-16 triumph over Colombia at last year’s World Cup will be remembered for the Three Lions winning the match on penalties – a rare feat for any England team.

But the Colombians did their level best to wind their opponents up during the match in a game which saw Jordan Henderson head-butted and get jeered at after missing a penalty in the shootout.

Henderson went down after being headbutted by Wilmar Barrios but the Colombia player escaped a red card

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Henderson went down after being headbutted by Wilmar Barrios but the Colombia player escaped a red card

Raheem Sterling was deliberately tripped up by a member of the coaching staff after the half-time whistle blew, while Colombia defenders deliberately scuffed the penalty spot before Harry Kane stepped up from twelve yards during the game.

But England had the last laugh when Eric Dier scored the winning penalty and the likes of John Stones certainly made the most of the celebrations.

Stones celebrated in front of the despondent Colombia players!

Stones celebrated in front of the despondent Colombia players!