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  • Date:24 Jun 2010
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:Royal Bafokeng Stadium
  • Attendance:27,967
Goal!

Live Commentary

93:58 +3.58

Keisuke Honda produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

93:32 +3.32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keisuke Honda by Lars Jacobsen. Keisuke Honda takes the free kick.

93:15 +3.15

Unfair challenge on Junichi Inamoto by Lars Jacobsen results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Junichi Inamoto.

91:51 +1.51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Soren Larsen on Marcus Tanaka. Direct free kick taken by Eiji Kawashima.

91:40 +1.40

Corner from right by-line taken by Jakob Poulsen.

91:22 +1.22

Inswinging corner taken by Jakob Poulsen from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Makoto Hasebe.

91:00 +1.00

Shot from 12 yards by Daniel Agger. Yuki Abe gets a block in.

90:16 +0.16

Yasuhito Endo goes off and Junichi Inamoto comes on.

89:50

Soren Larsen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yuji Nakazawa. Eiji Kawashima restarts play with the free kick.

88:25

Yoshito Okubo leaves the field to be replaced by Yasuyuki Konno.

88:08

Soren Larsen produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

86:57

Shinji Okazaki scores a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Denmark 1-3 Japan.Assist by Keisuke Honda.

83:52

Unfair challenge on Marcus Tanaka by Soren Larsen results in a free kick. Marcus Tanaka takes the free kick.

82:56

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Keisuke Honda from the right by-line, Christian Eriksen manages to make a clearance.

79:36

Makoto Hasebe gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Daniel Agger. Penalty taken by Jon Dahl Tomasson is saved by Eiji Kawashima. Denmark 0-2 Japan.A goal is scored by Jon Dahl Tomasson from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Denmark 1-2 Japan.

79:20

Keisuke Honda is ruled offside. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.

78:51

Soren Larsen has an effort at goal from 25 yards.

76:38

Christian Poulsen challenges Keisuke Honda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Yuki Abe.

76:07

The official flags Keisuke Honda offside. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.

75:59

Soren Larsen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Tanaka. Eiji Kawashima restarts play with the free kick.

75:28

Shinji Okazaki is brought on as a substitute for Daisuke Matsui.

72:50

Yasuhito Endo takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a comfortable save.

69:38

Jakob Poulsen takes a shot. Blocked by Yuichi Komano.

69:01

Keisuke Honda is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

67:36

Effort on goal by Christian Eriksen from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

65:33

Nicklas Bendtner challenges Yuji Nakazawa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Nicklas Bendtner. Eiji Kawashima takes the direct free kick.

64:22

Nicklas Bendtner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yuji Nakazawa. Free kick taken by Eiji Kawashima.

62:39

Thomas Kahlenberg goes off and Christian Eriksen comes on.

59:04

Nicklas Bendtner fouled by Makoto Hasebe, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Agger produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Eiji Kawashima.

58:25

Jakob Poulsen takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.

57:13

The referee blows for offside against Yasuhito Endo. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.

56:28

Centre by Yuichi Komano.

55:39

Per Kroldrup leaves the field to be replaced by Soren Larsen.

54:35

Unfair challenge on Keisuke Honda by Daniel Agger results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Yasuhito Endo, clearance by Simon Poulsen.

53:55

Effort from just outside the area by Yuto Nagatomo goes over the bar.

52:17

Corner taken by Thomas Kahlenberg from the right by-line.

50:32

The ball is swung over by Dennis Rommedahl, Shot by Thomas Kahlenberg from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

48:37

Unfair challenge on Thomas Kahlenberg by Yuichi Komano results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Nicklas Bendtner from the free kick.

47:07

Christian Poulsen concedes a free kick for a foul on Keisuke Honda. Christian Poulsen is given a yellow card. Yasuhito Endo has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Thomas Sorensen.

46:41 +1.41

Yuichi Komano is caught offside. Thomas Sorensen takes the indirect free kick.

46:32 +1.32

Daisuke Matsui delivers the ball, Daniel Agger gets a block in.

46:21

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Thomas Kahlenberg from the left by-line to the near post, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keisuke Honda by Christian Poulsen. Direct free kick taken by Eiji Kawashima.

45:10 +0.10

Christian Poulsen challenges Makoto Hasebe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Eiji Kawashima.

43:33

Yuichi Komano takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen. Yasuhito Endo takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

42:09

Keisuke Honda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Agger. Direct free kick taken by Christian Poulsen. Christian Poulsen takes a shot. Save by Eiji Kawashima.

41:13

The ball is swung over by Daisuke Matsui, Yoshito Okubo takes a shot from 12 yards. Daniel Agger gets a block in.

40:00

Christian Poulsen challenges Daisuke Matsui unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keisuke Honda delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Thomas Kahlenberg.

38:58

The ball is swung over by Simon Poulsen.

36:18

Yoshito Okubo concedes a free kick for a foul on Lars Jacobsen. Christian Poulsen takes the direct free kick.

33:29

Jakob Poulsen replaces Martin Jorgensen.

33:19

The referee blows for offside. Eiji Kawashima restarts play with the free kick.

32:37

Thomas Kahlenberg takes a shot. Blocked by Marcus Tanaka.

31:54

Daisuke Matsui takes a shot. Blocked by Per Kroldrup.

31:03

A cross is delivered by Keisuke Honda, clearance made by Christian Poulsen.

28:34

Yoshito Okubo fouled by Per Kroldrup, the ref awards a free kick. Per Kroldrup shown a yellow card. Keisuke Honda takes the direct free kick, A fantastic goal is scored by Yasuhito Endo from outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Denmark 0-2 Japan.

26:17

Makoto Hasebe challenges Christian Poulsen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.

25:13

Yuto Nagatomo is cautioned by the ref for time wasting.

22:53

Dennis Rommedahl challenges Yoshito Okubo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Tanaka.

22:22

Lars Jacobsen produces a cross, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eiji Kawashima by Daniel Agger. Eiji Kawashima takes the direct free kick.

22:10

Outswinging corner taken by Thomas Kahlenberg, Marcus Tanaka manages to make a clearance.

21:41

The ball is swung over by Christian Poulsen, Jon Dahl Tomasson takes a shot. Eiji Kawashima makes a save.

20:25

Outswinging corner taken by Thomas Kahlenberg from the right by-line, Yuji Nakazawa makes a clearance.

18:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daisuke Matsui by Thomas Kahlenberg. Yuji Nakazawa restarts play with the free kick.

16:01

Christian Poulsen challenges Daisuke Matsui unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keisuke Honda hits the back of the net with a direct shot from the free kick. Denmark 0-1 Japan.

13:39

Effort on goal by Jon Dahl Tomasson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

12:42

Effort on goal by Makoto Hasebe from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

12:09

Yoshito Okubo sends in a cross, Daisuke Matsui takes a shot from 12 yards. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.

10:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keisuke Honda by Daniel Agger. Yasuhito Endo receives a caution. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Yasuhito Endo, Per Kroldrup makes a clearance.

6:33

Outswinging corner taken by Thomas Kahlenberg, Per Kroldrup gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yuji Nakazawa. Eiji Kawashima restarts play with the free kick.

5:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dennis Rommedahl by Marcus Tanaka. Lars Jacobsen takes the free kick.

2:28

Simon Poulsen takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

1:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lars Jacobsen by Yoshito Okubo. Free kick taken by Per Kroldrup.

1:12

Foul by Thomas Kahlenberg on Yoshito Okubo, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Yasuhito Endo from right wing, Daniel Agger makes a clearance.

The referee gets the match started.

The half-time whistle blows.

The referee gets the second half started.

The final whistle is blown by the referee.

Match Preview

Olsen sweating on Bendtner fitness The fitness of Nicklas Bendtner was once again a major topic of discussion ahead of Denmark's decisive World Cup encounter against Japan, with Morten Olsen conceding his star striker is again doubtful. The Arsenal forward was expected to miss their opening 2-0 loss to Holland and the 2-1 victory over Cameroon, a game in which he scored, but won his battle with a groin problem on both occasions. Now, with just 90 minutes separating the Scandinavians from a place in the next round, Bendtner continues to struggle with the injury that has plagued him for almost the entire season. Bendtner has already been singled out as the danger-man in Rustenburg for the Asians by their coach Takeshi Okada and Olsen said: "First of all we have to see if he can play and we will decide that tomorrow (Thursday). "He has been doing quite all right. It's by necessity that every other day he does not participate in the practise. "Every time he has played we wait to see the reaction from his injury. There's always a doubt when we have injuries like that, so we will have to wait and see." Japan coach Takeshi Okada has urged his team to think of nothing but victory, despite knowing a draw would be enough to get them into the last 16. The Asian side head into the match in second spot in Group E, ahead of their European opponents on goal difference. A point will get Japan into the knockout phase, but Okada wants his players to go out with only the full three points on their minds. "In our meeting today, I did tell the players that we should not think about any draw," he said. "This means that we have to score. So from the beginning we will start out with the intention of winning."

Formation:4321Manager: Morten Olsen

Denmark

Formation: 451Manager: Takeshi Okada

Japan

  • Thomas Sorensen
  • Lars Jacobsen
  • Daniel Agger
  • Per Kroldrup
  • Simon Poulsen
  • Martin Jorgensen
  • Christian Poulsen
  • Thomas Kahlenberg
  • Jon Dahl Tomasson
  • Dennis Rommedahl
  • Nicklas Bendtner
  • SUBS
  • Stephan Andersen
  • William Kvist
  • Daniel Jensen
  • Jesper Gronkjaer
  • Jakob Poulsen
  • Mikkel Beckmann
  • Soren Larsen
  • Thomas Enevoldsen
  • Christian Eriksen
  • Patrick Mtiliga
  • Jesper Christiansen

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Match Report

Japan move into the last 16 Japan booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup after outstanding first-half free-kicks from Keisuke Honda and Yasuhito Endo sent them on their way to victory over Denmark in Rustenburg. Needing only a draw to qualify from Group E, the Asians took the lead in the 17th minute when CSKA Moscow midfielder Honda bent in his set piece from 30-yards out on the right. Although not as spectacular, Endo's 20-yard effort followed on the half-hour mark when the outstretched Thomas Sorensen was beaten for the second time. Jon Dahl Tomasson saw his penalty saved nine minutes from the end, but bundled in the rebound to give his side a glimmer of hope, only for Shinji Okazaki to seal Japan's triumph and book a last 16 tie against Paraguay. Japan coach Takeshi Okada named an unchanged team for the third match in succession, while his counterpart Morten Olsen was boosted by the availability of Nicklas Bendtner, who passed a late fitness test. Per Kroldrup was drafted in for the suspended Simon Kjaer, with Jesper Gronkjaer replaced by Thomas Kahlenberg. The Scandinavians had the first real chance inside five minutes, but Tomasson found himself in the wrong position as he tried to deal with a deflected Simon Poulsen cross and the chance went begging. Yoshito Okubo then sent in a low cross from the left that was flicked on nicely by Daisuke Matsui 10 yards out, only for Sorensen to intervene outstandingly with his feet. Moments later Makoto Hasebe latched on to a defence-splitting pass, but wastefully shot over. At the other end captain Tomasson was again played in, on the left side of the box this time, but his low shot curled agonisingly wide. The deadlock was broken the next time Japan went up-field thanks to Honda's stunning free-kick, his second goal so far at the finals. It came after Matsui was fouled 30-yards out on the right and a curling and dipping shot was sent over the wall into the far corner beyond an outstretched Sorensen. Tomasson had his third chance inside the opening quarter when Christian Poulsen lifted the ball over the defence, but the Feyenoord front-man failed to connect cleanly and Eiji Kawashima parried the ball away to safety. Endo then made it 2-0 when he bent his free-kick around the wall into the right-hand corner. After Christian Poulsen tried his luck from distance, Sorensen prevented his side falling further behind before half-time when he tipped over Yuichi Komano's effort from the right. The Stoke City goalkeeper was saved from embarrassment by his right-hand upright less than three minutes after the restart when he spilt a routine catch from an Endo free-kick. Kahlenberg then seemed to be taken by surprise when the ball came to him at the back post, guiding the ball wide from a tight angle, while Tomasson was again let down by his control in the six-yard box after Lars Jacobsen swung over a useful cross from the right. Denmark continued to pile on the pressure and substitute Jakob Poulsen was next to come close, with his long-range effort punched away by Kawashima. Christian Eriksen, another replacement, then saw his strike from outside the box fade away as the Danes looked short of ideas. When they did manage to get into the penalty area, the out-of-form Tomasson, on a 15-match goal drought before tonight, was unable to convert. With 11 minutes to play, another effort from distance by Soren Larsen left the cross-bar shaking, but seconds later Tomasson finally managed to hit the back of the net. After Daniel Agger received a shove in the back to win a penalty, the veteran striker saw his shot stopped by Kawashima, but the rebound was unconvincingly sliced hope. It gave Denmark hope, but substitute Okazaki killed their spirit in the 87th minute when Honda teed him up to send Japan through.

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