Group E – Netherlands and Japan qualify

Netherlands and Japan have finished first and second in Group E to qualify for the knockout stage of the 2010 World Cup with Denmark and Cameroon both eliminated.

The Netherlands beat Cameroon 2-1 with goals to Robin van Persie and Rafael van der Vaart while Samuel Eto´o pulled one back for the African side.

Japan scored a convincing 3-1 over Denmark to finish runner-up in the group.

Two brilliant free kick goals in the first-half from Keisuke Honda and Yasuhito Endoto set the win up for Japan before Denmark replied in the second-half through Jon Dahl Tomasson, but the Japanese secured the win with a late strike from Shinji Okazaki.

The Netherlands won all three games and finished on top of Group E with 9 points, with Japan 6, Denmark 3 and Cameroon failing to score a point.

Cameroon vs Netherlands Result

Cameroon 1
Netherlands 2

36m Robin van Persie (Net)
65m Samuel Eto´o (Cam)
73m Rafael van der Vaart (Net)

17m D. Kuyt (Net)
25m N. N´Koulou (Cam)
65m R.v.d. Vaart (Net)
70m G.v. Bronckhorst (Net)
81m S. M´Bia (Cam)

Soleymanou Hamidou, Geremi, Nicolas N´Koulou, Stéphane M´Bia, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jean Makoun, Aurelien Chedjou, Landry N´Guemo, Gaetan Bong, Eric Choupo-Moting, Samuel Eto´o

56m Vincent Aboubakar/Gaetan Bong
72m Mohamadou Idrissou/Eric Choupo-Moting
73m Rigobert Song/Nicolas N´Koulou

Maarten Stekelenburg, Khalid Boulahrouz, Johnny Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen, Giovanni v. Bronckhorst, Nigel de Jong, Mark van Bommel, Dirk Kuyt, Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart,
Robin van Persie

59m Klaas Jan Huntelaar/Robin van Persie
66m Eljero Elia/Dirk Kuyt
73m Arjen Robben/Rafael van der Vaart

Japan vs Denmark Result

Japan 3
Denmark 1

17m Keisuke Honda(Jap)
30m Yasuhito Endo(Jap)
81m Jon Dahl Tomasson (Den)
87m Shinji Okazaki(Jap)

12m Y. Endo (Jap)
26m Y. Nagatomo (Jap)
29m P. Krøldrup (Den)
48m C. Poulsen (Den)
66m N. Bendtner (Den)

Eiji Kawashima, Yuichi Komano, Yuji Nakazawa, Tulio, Yuto Nagatomo, Yuki Abe, Makoto Hasebe,
Daisuke Matsui, Yasuhito Endo, Yoshito Okubo, Keisuke Honda
74m Shinji Okazaki/Daisuke Matsui
88m Yasuyuki Konno/Yoshito Okubo
90m Junichi Inamoto/Yasuhito Endo

Thomas Sørensen, Lars Jacobsen, Daniel Agger, Per Krøldrup, Simon Poulsen, Christian Poulsen,
Martin Jørgensen, Dennis Rommedahl, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Thomas Kahlenberg, Nicklas Bendtner
34 Jakob Poulsen/Martin Jørgensen
56 Søren Larsen/Per Krøldrup
63 Christian Eriksen/Thomas Kahlenberg

Group E Final Table

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 NETHERLANDS 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9
2 JAPAN 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
3 Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
4 Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

The Netherlands will play the Slovakia in the Round of 16 knockout matches and Japan will meet Paraguay.

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