The Round of 16 may not be over yet, but with Adriana Leon’s Canada losing against Sweden, West Ham’s involvement in the Women’s World Cup has come to an end.
South Korea’s Cho So-hyun, Scotland’s Jane Ross and New Zealand’s Ria Percival were the other three West Ham players competing at the tournament.
Read below to see how each of their campaigns went:
Cho So-hyun captained South Korea and played every minute of their three games in the tournament, though it was tough from the first game to the last.
They were outclassed and beaten 4-0 by France in the tournament opener, Cho then took two blows to the face in a 2-0 loss against Nigeria, before she conceded an early penalty in the final match against Norway, as Korea lost 2-1.
The World Cup didn’t go quite as Jane Ross probably would have planned, due to both Scotland’s results and the amount of time she spent on the bench.
She only played a part in the second match, a 2-1 loss at the hands of Japan, where she played 75 minutes with very little service.
That result was sandwiched between a 2-1 loss to England and the dramatic 3-3 draw with Argentina, where Scotland’s three-goal lead was cut short, before being levelled by a contentious retaken penalty.
Adriana Leon was the only West Ham player to make it through the group stages, as Canada came second in their group.
She was left on the bench for the 1-0 win against Cameroon in the opening match, but her game time increased as the tournament went on.
In the group stages, she came on for the final seven minutes of the 2-0 win against New Zealand, then played 23 minutes in a 2-1 loss against Netherlands – where she replaced Christine Sinclair in the game she equalled Marta’s record of scoring at five World Cups.
Leon then played 27 minutes in the Round of 16 tie against Sweden, where she was a bright spark but was unable to prevent her side losing 1-0 – with her teammate Janine Beckie seeing her penalty saved five minutes after Leon came on.
New Zealand were neat and tidy throughout the competition, with Ria Percival playing every minute – shifting between right back and centre midfield – but they ultimately went home without any points due to two cruel late goals.
They lost 1-0 against Netherlands, with substitute Jill Roord scoring in the 92nd minute, they then lost 2-0 against Canada, which set up an all or nothing match up with Cameroon.
Having gone behind, New Zealand were handed a lifeline due to a calamitous own goal, but it was Cameroon who got the winner, as Ajara Nchout got the winner in the 95th minute.