Denmark end Cameroons World Cup dream with 2-1 win

A second half Dennis Rommedahl goal enabled Denmark to beat Cameroon 2-1 in their second round Group E match of the 2010 World Cup at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Sunday.

Samuel Eto´o scored an early goal for Cameroon after just ten minutes before Nicklas Bendtner equalised for the Danes before half-time.

Cameroon are now out of the World Cup race after failing to get a point in their first two games while Denmark is level with Japan who they will play in their final group match.

Denmark must beat Japan to go through as the Japanese have better goal difference than the Danes.

First Half
In a must win game for both teams it was the Indomitable Lions who grabbed the first goal when Christian Poulsen from Denmark allowed his pass to be intercepted by Cameroon’s Pierre Webo who provided the framework for Eto’o to slot an easy goal past Thomas Sorensen.

Amana let another one rip shortly after for Cameroon and it just missed, before the Danes were just wide with a Jesper Gronkjaer shot.

The game was being played at a solid pace and on 33 minutes Denmark had their equaliser when Rommedahl’s brilliant effort down the right resulted in Nicklas Bendtner being on the end of his low cross into the middle for a well worked goal.

An exciting first-half seen a number of close shaves for both teams in the final few minutes before teams went to the break at one goal apiece.

First half rating (Out of 5): Cameroon 3.0 – Denmark 3.0

Second Half
The game continued to provide goal mouth action for both sides and was very entertaining to watch.

Denmark hit the lead against the run of play when Bendtner returned the favour for Rommedahl who slotted his shot into the bottom corner and the Danes were in front.

Cameroon kept pressing for goal and had a few chances to equalise but were unable to finish the job and they became the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup as Denmark finished with a 2-1 win.

Second Half rating (Out of 5): Cameroon 3.0 – 3.5 Denmark

Final Score

Cameroon 1 – 2 Denmark

10m Samuel Eto´o (Cam)
33m Nicklas Bendtner (Den)
61m Dennis Rommedahl (Den)

49m S. Bassong (Cam)
75m S. M´Bia (Cam)
86m T. Sørensen (Den)
87m S. Kjær (Den)

Cameroon Starting 11
Soleymanou Hamidou, Stéphane M´Bia, Nicolas N´Koulou, Sébastien Bassong, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Alexandre Song, Geremi, Eyong Enoh, Achille Emana, Pierre Webo, Samuel Eto´o

46m Jean Makoun for Eyong Enoh
72m Mohamadou Idrissou for Sébastien Bassong
78m Vincent Aboubakar for Pierre Webo

Denmark Starting 11
Thomas Sørensen, Lars Jacobsen, Simon Kjaer, Daniel Agger, Simon Poulsen, Martin Jørgensen, Christian Poulsen, Dennis Rommedahl, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Jesper Grønkjaer, Nicklas Bendtner

46m Daniel Jensen for Martin Jørgensen
67m Thomas Kahlenberg for Jesper Grønkjær
86m Jakob Poulsen for Jon Dahl Tomasson

Team Game Rating (out of 10): Cameroon 6.0 – Denmark 6.5

Match Thoughts

Cameroon will rue their inept effort in their first round match as now they are out of the World Cup after they failed to get a point against Denmark and the most points they can now receive is three, which is not enough to qualify.

The Indomitable Lions never fired at the tournament and will be disappointed at being eliminated so early.

Denmark took their opportunities and now their destiny is in their own hands as they face Japan for the right to go through to the next round.

The Danes must beat Japan to finish in second spot on the group table.

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