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  • Honda (39)
  • Date:2010-06-14
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
  • Attendance:31600
  • Referee:Benquerenca, O

Live Commentary

90mins

Full-Time: JAPAN 1-0 CAMEROON.

90mins

Assou-Ekotto's cross causes problems, but Nakazawa makes a crucial clearance.

90mins

Kawashima makes a fine save as Webo touches Geremi's cross goalwards, but the referee has blown for a push in the build-up.

90mins

Eto'o tries a shot from distance, Tulio is right in the way.

90mins

Kawashima catches as Assou-Ekotto's free-kick drifts straight through to him.

90mins

Yuki Abe is shown a yellow card for kicking the ball away.

90mins

Four minutes of added time to be played.

89mins

A back-header falls nicely for Kawashima to dive on the loose ball.

88mins

Junichi Inamoto jogs on for Hasebe.

87mins

Souleymanou almost allows a Honda shot to dribble into the net, but recovers to gather at the second attempt.

87mins

That was so close to an equaliser.

86mins

M'Bia lashes a 35-yarder drive against the woodwork with Kawashima nowhere to be seen, before a follow-up effort is gathered by the Japan keeper.

85mins

Honda sees off a few more seconds with a good run down the left.

84mins

Time is running out for the Indomitable Lions, who have been more like pussycats today.

83mins

Hasebe's drive from distance is parried by Souleymanou and Okazaki blasts the rebound against the post, but an offside flag ends the attack in any case.

82mins

Okubo makes way for Kisho Yano.

80mins

Kawashima punches away a Geremi free-kick from the right.

79mins

Idrissou tries to run clear, loses the ball and fouls Nakazawa in the process.

78mins

Japan have a free-kick on halfway and take their time before playing it forward.

76mins

Le Guen has made all three of his changes, but Eto'o remains out on the right flank, baffling.

75mins

Geremi and Mohammadou Idrissou come on for Jean Makoun and Choupo-Moting.

75mins

Webo thinks he is in, but the offside flag is up.

72mins

Nicolas N'Koulou is booked for a foul on Okazaki, it looked like a dive from here.

71mins

Twenty minutes to play.

69mins

Matsui makes way for Shinji Okazaki.

67mins

Choupo-Moting wins a corner on the left as Cameroon start to put on the pressure.

66mins

Midway through the second half and Japan are just starting to drop back in defence.

65mins

Play is back underway again and Tulio is okay.

63mins

Le Guen introduces Achille Emana for Joel Matip.

63mins

Kawashima clatters into his own defender Tulio, who is down.

62mins

Assou-Ekotto's free-kick is headed out by Yuji Nakazawa for a corner.

60mins

An hour gone and Japan remain in charge as they lead by a goal to nil.

58mins

Eto'o miscontrols the ball and it runs out of play, that just about sums up his day so far.

57mins

Choupo-Moting makes progress down the left, cuts inside and shoots well wide of the near post.

55mins

Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen doesn't appear to have any changes in the offing.

53mins

Eto'o is far more involved than he was in the first 45 minutes.

51mins

The second half has started a lot brighter than the first did.

50mins

Eto'o shows his class at last by bursting clear down the right and his cut-back finds Choupo-Moting, whose shot drifts narrowly wide of the far post.

49mins

The set-piece is blasted straight into the defensive wall.

48mins

Yoshito Okubo wins a free-kick right near the Cameroon goal-line, as he is hauled down by M'Bia.

47mins

It's comes to nothing as a free-kick is given for some pushing.

46mins

Japan concede a corner, that's the first of the game to date.

46mins

Japan start the second half.

45mins

Half-Time: JAPAN 1-0 CAMEROON.

45mins

Two minutes of added time to be played.

44mins

We've not had a single corner in the game so far.

43mins

Stephane M'Bia's cross from the right is headed away and Japan hold firm in defence.

40mins

That came out of the blue, it should at least lead the game to open up a little.

39mins

JAPAN 1-0 CAMEROON, a deep Matsui cross from the right goes over a couple of defenders and HONDA collects at the far post and coolly slots his shot past Souleymanou.

38mins

The first shot on target, as Kawashima gathers a low drive from Enoh Eyong.

38mins

Assou-Ekotto races down the left, but overhits the ball and it is cleared.

37mins

Assou-Ekotto gets a ball in from the left, but it is cleared away and Japan win a free-kick to ease the danger.

35mins

Ten minutes until half-time.

34mins

Japan get another couple of crosses into the area, they are starting to gain the upper hand.

33mins

The game has restarted and Kawashima seems to be okay.

31mins

Japan keeper Eiji Kawashima is down clutching his back after falling as he tried to collect a high ball.

30mins

There's not even been a booking to enliven the proceedings.

28mins

Keisuke Honda has a crossing opportunity on the right, but dithers and wastes the opening.

27mins

Webo is caught offside as Benoit Assou-Ekotto launches the ball forward.

25mins

Still neither side has managed a single shot, on target or off.

23mins

A Mexican Wave has started in the stadium, the crowd are obviously a bit bored.

21mins

A cross from the right from Hasebe causes Souleymanou a problem, he gathers the ball at the second attempt, but an offside flag is up in any case.

19mins

Nearly 20 minutes played and it's not been a thriller so far.

17mins

Matsui's ball in from the right is straight down the throat of Souleymanou.

16mins

Makoto Hasebe and Daisuke Matsui combine well down the right, but the latter's cross is headed away.

14mins

Cameroon keeper Hamidou Souleymanou dives onto the loose ball as a Japan throw-in drifts into the area.

13mins

Japan have had plenty of the ball in the last couple of minutes, without threatening at all.

11mins

Cameroon launch a free-kick into the Japanese area, it comes to nothing.

8mins

Cameroon launch the first attack, with Pierre Webo finding space down the right, but his cross is just behind Eric Choupo-Moting in the area.

7mins

The Vuvuzela are being blown around a less than full stadium, that's the highlight so far.

4mins

It's been a busy opening to the game, but no play worthy of note.

2mins

Cameroon enjoy more of the early possession, without any excitement in either area.

1mins

Referee Benquerenca of Portugal gets the game underway.

0mins

The Samurai Blue went out in the group stages four years ago, having reached the last 16 as co-hosts in 2002.

0mins

The Indomitable Lions have the undoubted star of the show in Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o.

0mins

With the Netherlands having seen off Denmark in the opening game in Group E, both teams will know that a victory could set up qualification for the knockout stages.

0mins

Japan and Cameroon start their World Cup campaigns with a clash in the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.


Match Report

Japan caused a minor upset as they started their World Cup Group E campaign with a 1-0 victory over Cameroon in Bloemfontein, with Keisuke Honda netting the only goal of the game.

The Indomitable Lions failed to qualify four years ago and crashed out of the three previous finals at the group stages, while the Samurai Blue went out in the group stages four years ago, having reached the last 16 as co-hosts in 2002.

The early stages of the game saw little action near either penalty area, with both sides seemingly nervous and unwilling to go in search of an opening goal.

As the half wore on Makoto Hasebe and Daisuke Matsui started to combine well down the right flank for Japan, but were unable to find a way to trouble Cameroon keeper Hamidou Souleymanou.

It took until seven minutes before the interval for the first shot on target to arrive, as Eiji Kawashima gathered a tame, low drive from Enoh Eyong.

Almost immediately Japan broke the deadlock as a deep Matsui cross from the right went over a couple of defenders and Honda collected at the far post and coolly slotted a left-foot shot past Souleymanou.

The second half got off to a lively start, with Samuel Eto'o showing his class by bursting clear down the right before finding Eric Choupo-Moting, whose shot drifted narrowly wide of the far post.

However, that proved to be a false dawn as Cameroon then failed to exert any pressure against a solid Japanese defence.

Lions coach Paul Le Guen brought on all three substitutes to try and shake things up, but seven minutes from time Japan almost scored a clinching second goal as Hasebe's drive from distance was parried by Souleymanou and Shinji Okazaki blasted the rebound against the post.

Cameroon then came within inches of an undeserved equaliser as Stephane M'Bia lashed a 35-yard drive against the woodwork, with Kawashima nowhere to be seen.

Le Guen's men continued to put on the pressure right up to the final whistle, but were unable to deny Japan a potentially important victory.

Japan

Cameroon

Corners

03

Fouls

2029

Goal attempts

Shots off target

14

Offsides

42

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