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  • Date:19 Jun 2010
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:Loftus Versfeld Stadium
  • Attendance:38,704
Goal!

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The referee brings the game to a close.

92:49 +2.49

Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled by Nicklas Bendtner, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

91:23 +1.23

Geremi Njitap produces a cross, save made by Thomas Sorensen.

90:15 +0.15

Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicklas Bendtner. Dennis Rommedahl takes the direct free kick.

88:24

Corner taken by Geremi Njitap from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Simon Poulsen.

86:51

Unfair challenge on Vincent Aboubakar by Simon Kjaer results in a free kick. The referee shows Simon Kjaer a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Geremi Njitap crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Nicklas Bendtner makes a clearance.

86:05

Vincent Aboubakar takes a shot. Daniel Agger gets a block in.

85:29

The referee cautions Thomas Sorensen for time wasting.

85:02

Jakob Poulsen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jon Dahl Tomasson.

84:32

Header from deep inside the area by Mohammadou Idrissou goes over the bar.

84:01

Simon Poulsen concedes a free kick for a foul on Geremi Njitap. Geremi Njitap crosses the ball in from the free kick, Christian Poulsen makes a clearance.

81:26

Vincent Aboubakar produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Christian Poulsen. Geremi Njitap takes the outswinging corner, Simon Kjaer makes a clearance.

80:56

Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Save made by Souleymanou Hamidou.

79:03

Corner taken by Geremi Njitap, Mohammadou Idrissou produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

78:15

Pierre Webo leaves the field to be replaced by Vincent Aboubakar.

77:12

Achille Emana takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.

74:54

Unfair challenge on Thomas Kahlenberg by Stephane M'bia Etoundi results in a free kick. Stephane M'bia Etoundi receives a yellow card. Jon Dahl Tomasson takes the direct free kick.

73:50

Alex Song produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

71:51

(Cameroon) makes a substitution, with Mohammadou Idrissou coming on for Sebastien Bassong.

70:37

Foul by Jean Makoun on Jon Dahl Tomasson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.

70:11

Jon Dahl Tomasson takes a shot. Save made by Souleymanou Hamidou.

68:25

Shot by Achille Emana from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

65:47

Thomas Kahlenberg is brought on as a substitute for Jesper Gronkjaer.

65:16

Effort on goal by Jean Makoun from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

62:37

Headed effort from inside the area by Pierre Webo misses to the left of the target.

61:52

Jesper Gronkjaer concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean Makoun. Jean Makoun restarts play with the free kick.

60:34

Goal scored by Dennis Rommedahl from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cameroon 1-2 Denmark.Assist on the goal came from Nicklas Bendtner.

60:19

Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross, Pierre Webo takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.

60:01

Jon Dahl Tomasson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicolas N'Koulou. Nicolas N'Koulou takes the free kick.

59:48

The ball is sent over by Geremi Njitap, save by Thomas Sorensen.

57:41

Effort on goal by Pierre Webo from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

57:04

Pierre Webo fouled by Christian Poulsen, the ref awards a free kick. Pierre Webo restarts play with the free kick.

52:17

The ball is delivered by Simon Poulsen, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance. Dennis Rommedahl decides to take the corner short. Jesper Gronkjaer produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

51:41

Stephane M'bia Etoundi sends in a cross.

50:18

Nicklas Bendtner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane M'bia Etoundi. Stephane M'bia Etoundi takes the free kick.

48:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastien Bassong on Nicklas Bendtner. Sebastien Bassong goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Daniel Agger has an effort direct from the free kick. Simon Kjaer takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

48:00

Geremi Njitap delivers the ball.

45:12

Daniel Jensen is brought on as a substitute for Martin Jorgensen. Jean Makoun replaces Eyong Enoh. Corner taken by Geremi Njitap, Achille Emana takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen. Outswinging corner taken by Geremi Njitap from the right by-line played to the near post.

41:58

Samuel Eto'o produces a left-footed shot from just inside the area and hits the post. Achille Emana produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post. Achille Emana takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.

41:16

Jon Dahl Tomasson takes a shot. Alex Song gets a block in. Shot by Martin Jorgensen from just outside the area goes over the net.

40:37

Jesper Gronkjaer is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Souleymanou Hamidou.

40:07

Geremi Njitap delivers the ball, save by Thomas Sorensen.

38:14

The referee gives a free kick against Geremi Njitap for handball. Simon Kjaer takes the free kick.

36:09

The ball is crossed by Geremi Njitap.

34:47

Simon Poulsen is penalised for a handball. Geremi Njitap restarts play with the free kick.

32:43

Nicklas Bendtner grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cameroon 1-1 Denmark.Assist on the goal came from Dennis Rommedahl.

32:29

Simon Poulsen takes a shot. Blocked by Nicolas N'Koulou.

30:37

Centre by Stephane M'bia Etoundi, Simon Kjaer makes a clearance.

29:15

The ball is delivered by Lars Jacobsen.

28:42

Achille Emana produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

24:01

The ball is crossed by Dennis Rommedahl, save made by Souleymanou Hamidou.

22:49

Nicklas Bendtner challenges Benoit Assou-Ekotto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.

21:46

Achille Emana crosses the ball.

18:59

Eyong Enoh takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.

16:12

Effort on goal by Jesper Gronkjaer from 20 yards. Nicolas N'Koulou gets a block in. Dennis Rommedahl takes a short corner. Header by Jesper Gronkjaer from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

12:01

Outswinging corner taken by Geremi Njitap from the right by-line. Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the ball, Achille Emana has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

9:28

Samuel Eto'o scores a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Cameroon 1-0 Denmark.Pierre Webo provided the assist for the goal.

7:20

Unfair challenge on Samuel Eto'o by Daniel Agger results in a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Christian Poulsen manages to make a clearance. Geremi Njitap takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post. Jesper Gronkjaer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Geremi Njitap. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Geremi Njitap, save by Thomas Sorensen.

6:30

Effort on goal by Dennis Rommedahl from just inside the area clears the bar.

5:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Agger by Pierre Webo. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

4:22

Samuel Eto'o has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

3:36

Geremi Njitap fouled by Jesper Gronkjaer, the ref awards a free kick. Geremi Njitap restarts play with the free kick.

2:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Kjaer by Geremi Njitap. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

0:46

Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot. Simon Kjaer gets a block in.

The match begins.

The first half comes to an end.

The second half kicks off.

Match Preview

Le Guen calls on Lions to roar Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen has called on his team to live up to their nickname and produce a lion-hearted performance against Denmark in a World Cup encounter that is crucial for both sides. Neither nation were able to pick up anything from their opening Group E matches, with Cameroon going down 1-0 to Japan and Denmark suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Holland. That means another loss for either side at Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld stadium could spell the end of the road for the losers, depending on what happens in the earlier match between the two group leaders. Le Guen, who wants his team - nicknamed the Indomitable Lions - to stand up and be counted, said: "I think they (the players) need to face up to their responsibilities. "I assume my own responsibilities 100% without any reservations, I put the team together, I decide on tactics, but the players also have their responsibilities and they have to find a spirit. "We often talk about them being lions and having a leonine spirit, and I hope very much that they find this spirit in the match. "That's something we've been discussing since we played Japan because there were certain players who underperformed, especially compared to how they played in previous matches, but I think we need to find this very specific spirit, this leonine spirit, which I hope will enable us to get a result. "I think we had it in the autumn, there was a dynamic and an atmosphere in the team, and we need to make sure the same atmosphere prevails." Le Guen also revealed he would be making at least three changes to the team that took the field against Japan, describing their performance in that match as disappointing and not good enough. Le Guen opted for an attacking 4-3-3 formation against Japan but then saw Cameroon struggle to create many opportunities aside from Stephane Mbia's late effort that hit the bar. "We weren't good enough, we weren't as good as we could have been. We're disappointed, and quite legitimately so, and we need to take stock of that," he said. "I will make a few changes, there will be three new players in the starting line-up, and there will perhaps be one or two changes elsewhere." Denmark coach Morten Olsen was keeping his cards close to his chest regarding his plans and preparations, including giving little away about the fitness of key striker Nicklas Bendtner. Whereas Cameroon counterpart Paul Le Guen revealed earlier in the evening he would be making three changes to the Indomitable Lions side that started Monday's 1-0 defeat to Japan and also hinted at further tinkering, Olsen refused to reveal anything about his thinking. "I'm not going to say anything about that," said Olsen, whose was also heavily quizzed at tonight's press conference about the health of Bendtner. The Arsenal striker was expected to miss their opening match against Holland with a groin problem, but he was a surprise starter in the 2-0 defeat and lasted an hour before being replaced by Mikkel Beckmann. Asked if the 22-year-old would be fit to face Cameroon in the battle of the bottom two sides in Group E, Olsen said: "We'll see if he can play, I'm not putting out any smokescreen, I don't know. "Nicklas Bendtner and all our medical team have done a wonderful job, it's a miracle actually that he can play, at least to a certain extent. "But we have to be controlled and very cautious with what we can do with him in training, he's only only training every other day and I think that will be the same going forward. "That's the program we have for Nicklas Bendtner and we can live with that. He can only train every other day, so that's what we have to do in order to allow him to play." Olsen did admit that the towering striker was a vital player for the Scandinavians, but was adamant they had other options in case Bendtner was not available. He also insisted Denmark could still be victorious without the Gunners forward, "We've won matches without him before and we can do it again," said Olsen. "He's important but he's part of a team. If he cannot play then we'll have to play in a different way. "I believe that every player is important in one way or another. It's quite clear that Bendtner, for instance, is very important for us. I think we've seen that. "He wasn't 100% fit against Holland, he only played 60 mins, he couldn't play 90. Perhaps he can play 90 minutes, I don't know. But he is important for us."

Formation:442Manager: Paul Le Guen

Cameroon

Formation: 433Manager: Morten Olsen

Denmark

  • Souleymanou Hamidou
  • Stephane M'bia Etoundi
  • Nicolas N'Koulou
  • Sebastien Bassong
  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • Alex Song
  • Geremi Njitap
  • Eyong Enoh
  • Achille Emana
  • Pierre Webo
  • Samuel Eto'o
  • SUBS
  • Carlos Kameni
  • Rigobert Song
  • Landry N'Guemo
  • Jean Makoun
  • Gaetan Bong
  • Eric Choupo-Moting
  • Aurelien Chedjou
  • Mohammadou Idrissou
  • Georges Mandjeck
  • Joel Matip
  • Vincent Aboubakar
  • Guy Rolland Ndy Assembe

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Match Report

Resurgent Danes send Cameroon out Denmark hit back from an early deficit to re-ignite their World Cup challenge and in the process extinguish Cameroon's chances of getting through to the last 16 with a 2-1 win. In what was a hugely entertaining encounter between the bottom two teams in Group E in Pretoria, Cameroon took the lead in the 10th minute through captain Samuel Eto'o following a bad defensive error by Christian Poulsen. Denmark recovered from that setback though, and goals from Nicklas Bendtner and the dangerous Dennis Rommedahl in either half earned the Scandinavians a hard-fought victory. The result means that Denmark join their next opponents Japan on three points, while group leaders Holland are now guaranteed a top-two finish - making them the first team to progress. For battling Cameroon though, the defeat sees them become the first side to bid farewell to the World Cup after losing both their opening two games. Denmark coach Morten Olsen made two changes to the side that lost to Holland, bringing in fit-again captain Jon Dahl Tomasson and Jesper Gronkjaer. Bendtner also took his place in the starting line-up for the second successive game despite struggling with a groin injury that means he can only train every other day and only having lasted an hour against the Dutch. Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen, meanwhile, drafted in Geremi, Achille Emana and Alexandre Song as the Indomitable Lions sought to end an eight-game winless streak stretching back to the African Nations Cup. Denmark, who had lost their previous three games without scoring a goal, had the first opportunity but Rommedahl fired over after breaking the offside trap in the sixth minute. The Ajax winger should have done better with that, and four minutes later Eto'o showed him how it should be done by putting Cameroon ahead following a bad defensive error by Christian Poulsen. Poulsen picked up possession from his goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen on the edge of the box and then attempted to find Simon Kjaer with a first-time pass without looking up. The pass was intercepted by Emana, who quickly picked out the unmarked Eto'o in the middle and the Inter Milan star took one touch before drilling a low shot past Sorensen. That was another bad goal for the Danes to concede following the own goal by Daniel Agger against Holland, when Simon Poulsen's attempted headed clearance hit the Liverpool defender before going in. The Danes were back on level terms just after the half-hour mark at Loftus Versfeld stadium, though. Cameroon goalkeeper Souleymanou Hamidou had done well to deny Tomasson earlier but he could do nothing about the equaliser as his defence were cut open far too easily. A superb long ball from inside his own half by Kjaer just cleared Benoit Assou-Ekotto and fell perfectly for the flying Rommedahl, and his low ball into the centre was slid home by Bendtner from eight yards. Both sides had chances to snatch the lead during a hectic spell just prior to half-time. For Denmark, Rommedahl could not take advantage of getting clear once again before, from the same attack, Tomasson saw a goal-bound shot blocked. Then for Cameroon, Eto'o fired against the post following another defensive mistake, while Emana was denied by Sorensen after bursting through the two Danish centre-backs. The all-action encounter continued apace at the start of the second half when Stephane M'bia and Kjaer both brought fingertip saves out of their opposing goalkeepers. Cameroon striker Pierre Webo then blazed a decent opening high into the stands before also being denied by Sorensen as the African side looked to be taking control. However, it was Denmark who got the next goal through the dangerous Rommedahl in the 61st minute. Bendtner's pass put Rommedahl away down the right and the 31-year-old cut inside Jean Makoun before curling a low left-footed shot past Hamidou. That left Cameroon staring World Cup elimination in the face, and they almost fell 3-1 behind in the 71st minute, Hamidou coming to their rescue to superbly keep out Tomasson's effort. Sorensen then produced an even better save six minutes later, diving low to his right to parry away Emana's shot. Cameroon laid siege to Sorensen's goal in the closing stages, but they could find no way through as Denmark held on for the points.

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