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  • Date: Sat 19 June 2010
  • Venue: Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
  • Ref: Larrionda, J
  • Attendance: 33,000
Cameroon

Cameroon

Eto'o (10)

1 - 2
Denmark

Denmark

Bendtner (33)

Rommedahl (61)

Cameroon vs Denmark

Team Lineups

Cameroon

Souleymanou Hamidou
Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Nicolas N'Koulou
Sebastien Bassong (Mohammadou Idrissou, 73)
Njitap Geremi
Stephane M'Bia
Alexandre Song
Achille Emana
Eyong Enoh (Jean Makoun, 46)
Samuel Eto'o
Pierre Webo (Vincent Aboubakar, 78)

Denmark

Thomas Sorensen
Simon Kjaer
Daniel Agger
Lars Jacobsen
Christian Poulsen
Jesper Gronkjaer (Thomas Kahlenberg, 67)
Martin Jorgensen (Daniel Jensen, 46)
Simon Busk Poulsen
Dennis Rommedahl
Jon Dahl Tomasson (Jakob Poulsen, J, 86)
Nicklas Bendtner

Match Report
Denmark have kept their World Cup dreams alive with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Cameroon on Saturday evening in Pretoria. The result sees the Africans eliminated from the competition following successive defeats and the Danes now face a crucial final group stage clash against Japan. Cameroon started brightly as Benoit Assou-Ekotto saw his strike from the edge of the box deflected clear inside the first minute and Samuel Eto'o, playing in a central attacking position, screwed wide soon after. Morten Olsen's side then had their first opportunity as winger Dennis Rommedahl fired over when he was played clean through at the angle and the Indomitable Lions opened the scoring just minutes later thanks to a defensive howler from Christian Poulsen. The usually-reliable defensive midfielder played the ball straight to Pierre Webo and he threaded through for Eto'o to thump past Thomas Sorensen. Achille Emana then fired crisply wide and, at the other end, Jesper Gronkjaer saw his stinging drive headed behind by Alexandre Song. With Denmark growing in confidence, they grabbed a deserved equaliser as Rommedahl got in behind Assou-Ekotto and squared for Nicklas Bendtner to slide home. Just before the break, Song made a stunning block from Jon Dahl Tomasson and Eto'o then struck the post following a swift counter as the game opened up. Stephane M'Bia watched as his header was saved by Sorensen at the start of the second-half and Eto'o continued to threaten with his trickery in the final third. But Denmark went in front for the first time as Rommedahl got his name on the score sheet. The veteran got the better of Jean Makoun before firing a left-footed drive across goalkeeper Souleymanou Hamidou and into the far corner of the net. Cameroon were stirred by their setback and Makoun should have made amends soon after, but he fired a fine Eto'o cut-back over the top and at the other end, Tomasson missed a golden cance by slotting his one-on-one chance straight at Souleymanou. Sorensen then turned hero as he made a fantastic one-handed stop to deny Emana from levelling and youngster Vincent Aboubakar saw his strike deflected behind off Poulsen as Paul Le Guen's men continued to press. But Denmark held on for the vital victory and their World Cup adventure goes on, but Cameroon become the first side to crash out.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full-time: CAMEROON 1-2 DENMARK.

90

Less than a minute to go. Cameroon need to get the ball forward quickly.

90

Geremi's cross is collected with ease by Sorensen. Time firmly against Cameroon now.

90

Clever play from Denmark as they keep possession.

90

Three additional minutes at the end of this game.

89

The ball goes out of play as Idrissou can't pick out a team-mate.

89

Eto'o wins a corner. Last chance saloon for the Africans.

87
Yellow Card
 

Kjaer goes into the book and he misses the final group game against Japan.

87

Just a few minutes remaining here. Free-kick for Cameroon 25-yards from goal.

86
Yellow Card
 

Sorensen picks up a caution for time-wasting.

86

Jakob Poulsen comes on for Tomasson.

85

Great chance for Idrissou as he heads over the bar. That was a sharp chance. He should have hit the target.

84

Aboubakar is fouled. Chance to fill the box once more.

84

The Denmark area is full of bodies and Sorensen manages to gather the loose ball. Panic over!

83

Poulsen is down in a heap. He didn't know much about that deflection, but he probably does now. It smacked him full on the head.

82

Aboubakar almost equalises, but Christian Poulsen fortunately deflects the ball behind for a corner.

81

Denmark stage a counter and Bendtner shoots straight at Souleymanou.

81

Aboubakar almost plays in Makoun, but the ball is thumped clear.

80

Idrissou can't keep his header down from six-yards. The cross was just a little too high for the winger.

79

Fine defensive header from Jacobsen as Idrissou is sniffing in the penalty area.

79
Substitution
 

Vincent Aboubakar comes on for Webo.

77

Fantastic stop from Sorensen as he denies Emana. Could that be a match-winning save?

76

This game has opened up again. It's end-to-end action now!

75
Yellow Card
 

Yellow card for M'Bia.

75

Emana slips in Eto'o, but he falls at the vital moment. Unfortunate for the Africans.

74

Song fires narrowly over the top as the Lions forge a way back into the game.

74

Terrible cross from newcomer Idrissou and Denmark can take a breather.

72
Substitution
 

Mohammadou Idrissou comes on for Bassong as Paul Le Guen throws caution to the wind.

71

Tomasson misses a gilt-edged chance as he has his one-on-one effort saved by the 'keeper.

70

There are just 20 minutes remaining. Can Cameroon get back into this absorbing contest or is their World Cup adventure coming to an end?

69

Cameroon must have kept te ball for a full two minutes there. It eventualy comes to a end as Emana shoots wide.

68

Plenty of pressure from Cameroon, but Denmark are standing firm. Agger and Kjaer are playing well this evening.

67
Substitution
 

Gronkjaer leaves the field and Thomas Kahlenberg replaces him.

66

Fine chance as Eto'o finds Makoun, but the Lyon man can't hit the target. He should have done better.

64

M'Bia storms forward, but Kjaer clears with some effort there.

63

That was a fine effort. But he turned inside Makoun far too easily there.

61
Goal
 

CAMEROON 1-2 DENMARK: ROMMEDAHL scores! The winger is played in on the right and he cuts in to unlease a left-footed drive into the far corner. A fine turnaround here.

61

Webo twists and turns, but hits Sorensen.

60

Geremi's cross just evades Webo.

60

It's all Cameroon at the moment. Makoun has made an impact since he came on at half-time.

58

Eto'o's trickery opens up an opportunity for Webo, but he skies his strike into row Z!

56

Eto'o's surge into the penalty area is covered by Gronkjaer. Good defensive play from the winger.

55

Break in play as Kjaer is off the pitch with a knock to his head.

54

Makoun hacks down Tomasson and Bendtner eventually heads the ball out of play.

53

Excellent dart up the left from Simon Busk Poulsen sees him cross into the area, but Bassong clears.

52

M'Bia crosses from the right and that goes safely behind for a goal kick.

50

Good spell of possession for Cameroon, but Eto'o loses out to Kjaer.

50

Agger hits the free-kick into the wall and Kjaer fizzes in the rebound, but it just clears the bar.

49
Yellow Card
 

Bassong booked for a tug on Bendtner.

48

Assou-Ekotto is denied by a marvellous challenge from Jensen as the ball comes to him from a right-wing cross. Close call and Cameroon have started brightly again.

46
Substitution
 

Daniel Jensen has replaced Martin Jorgensen at the break as both coaches make changes.

46

Great chance from M'Bia, but his header is saved by Sorensen. Rapid start to the second-half.

46
Substitution
 

Eyong Enoh comes off for Jean Makoun at the interval.

Second half
 

Denmark get the game under way.

Half time
 

Half-time: CAMEROON 1-1 DENMARK. An enthralling opening period of play comes to a close.

45

Webo picks up the loose ball and slots through to Eto'o, but he overhits his pass and it goes behind.

44

Bendtner claims to have been held back there, but the referee waves play on.

43

Emana goes clean through on goal, but his shot goes straight at Sorensen and the clearance comes against the front man and spins out of play. Time to take a breather!

43

At the other end, Eto'o strikes the post!

42

Great chance for Denmark. Tomasson plays in Gronkjaer and he feeds the ball back to Tomasson and Song makes a miraculous block.

40

Poulsen, Gronkjaer and Rommedahl make inroads, but resolute defending keeps them out.

38

A scrappy spell now as both sides look to earn themselves an important lead. Cameroon will be disappointed that they have conceded in such fashion.

37

Geremi handles. Free-kick for the Danes.

36

Delicate ball into the area by Geremi, but nobody reads it and it rolls out of play.

35

Enoh is off the pitch with an eye problem.

33
Goal
 

CAMEROON 1-1 DENMARK: NICKLAS BENDTNER equalises! Rommedahl gets in behind Assou-Ekotto and slides the ball square for Bendtner and he forces it home. Well-worked goal, but poor defending from the left-back.

32

Sebastien Bassong clears as Jacobsen closes in on goal.

31

Emana and Pierre Webo combine, but Denmark clear in the nick of time.

30

Poor cross from Lars Jacobsen as he lashes that one behind.

29

Emana shoots high and wide. Eto'o is unhappy with his choice as he was free to his left.

28

Stephane M'bia, Song, Assou-Ekotto and Nicolas N'Koulou are keeping things tidy in the middle for Cameroon.

26

There is more happening in the stands than out on the pitch at the moment. The defences are certainly on top.

25

Cameroon are seeing plenty of the ball here. Another goal could end Denmark's challenge. It would be difficult for them to get two goals in this game.

23

A good spell of pressure from Denmark as they get a number of crosses into the box. However, the Africans clear their lines on each occasion.

21

Tomasson done well to stay onside there and he was unlucky not to tuck that one away.

20

Brave goalkeeping from Souleymanou Hamidou as Jon Dahl Tomasson sneaks in on goal. Good chance and stop.

19

Eyong Enoh is the next to have a go at goal. He lets fly from 25-yards and Sorensen gathers with ease.

17

Denamrk are looking sloppy once more in defence. Morten Olsen will be infuriated.

16

Great headed block from Song as Gronkjaer fires an effort on target. From the corner, Gronkjaer gets his header all wrong as he stands unmarked at the back post.

15

A quiet phase of play here. Denmark need to get back into this.

13

The ball comes out to Emana and he hits a low, crisp drive that goes narrowly wide. Cameroon have settled here.

12

Achille Emana wins a corner off Agger. The Danes are on the rocks here.

10

Eto'o cashes in following a terrible mistake from Christian Poulsen and it is Pierre Webo with the assist. First blood Cameroon!!

10
Goal
 

CAMEROON 1-0 DENMARK: ETO'O opens the scoring!

9

Geremi shoots straight at Thomas Sorensen. Easy one for the goalkeeper.

9

Gronkjaer fells Geremi and it's another free-kick.

8

Jesper Gronkjaer clears for a corner.

8

Daniel Agger bundles Eto'o to the ground. Free-kick for the Indomitable Lions in a dangerous position.

7

Dennis Rommedahl is played through at the angle, but his fierce drive clears the cross bar. Great opportunity for the Danes.

5

Eto'o cuts in from the left, but he screws his effort wide.

4

Cameroon have started the brighter here. They are playing with confidence.

3

Simon Kjaer is almost caught in possession by Pierre Webo, but a needless foul by Geremi sees the defender escape.

1

Chance for Cameroon immediately as a cut-back from the right finds Benoit Assou-Ekotto, but his strike is deflected to safety.

1
Kickoff
 

Cameroon get the game under way.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The two teams are making their way out onto the pitch and we will soon be ready for the national anthems.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The game is also crucial for Denmark after they lost their opening game 2-0 against Netherlands and a further setback is likely to see either side go out of the competition.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Alexandre Song makes his way into the Cameroon starting line-up following their disappointing defeat to Japan in their opening fixture. This could mean star striker Samuel Eto'o moves back into the attack.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Good evening and welcome to this Group E clash between Cameroon and Denmark.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Cameroon face Denmark at 7:30pm on Saturday, June 19th.