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20 June 2010 :: 13:06:22 pm 26129

Cameroon First Out, Australia & Denmark Keep Hopes Alive

Cameroon became the first side to be officially knocked out of the FIFA World Cup 2010 after their disappointing loss to a resurgent Denmark. In other matches, Australia battled hard to attain a draw with Ghana whilst the Dutch despatched with Japan in Durban.
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South Africa, the 19th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Cameroon needed to win their match against Denmark to keep their hopes of progression alive, but after going a goal in front early they let the Danes back into the match with a goal either side of the interval, handing them a 2-1 win.

The vibrant African side took an early lead through a close range Samuel Eto’o goal after a mix-up in the Danish defensive line. However, a spectacular move involving a Denis Rommedahl cross and Nicklas Bendtner header saw the Danes equalise before half-time. Rommedahl got the match winner on 61 minutes as a deflated Cameroon began to fade away.

The second game of Group D, after Germany’s loss to Serbia the previous night, meant that three teams were sitting on 3 points with only Australia on 0. Needing a result the Australians came out determined grabbing an early goal before being reduced to 10-men before half-time, despite a late resurgence the match finished a 1-1.

Brett Holman capitalised, on another goal keeping error, early on to give the Australians the lead, however, a straight red-card for Harry Kewell after a dubious handball in the box ensured Ghana equalised through an Asamoah Gyan penalty. Playing a man down for over an hour Australia managed to hold out Ghana, even looking for a winner with several late opportunities. In the end the Aussies maintained some chance of progression with a 1-1 draw that put Ghana top of the group ahead of their final match with Germany.

The Dutch continued their average form and 100% record with an unconvinving 1-0 win over a resilient Japan on Saturday night. Bert van Marwijk’s side is in top spot in Group E but their performance was far from convincing as they are yet to hit top form at the tournament, despite their impressive record.

After a decidedly dour first half display from both sides, the game sprang into life after the break when Wesley Sneijder settled the contest with the only goal of the game on 53 minutes. Japan responded well to going behind and three chances in the space of 10 minutes nearly saw Takeshi Okada’s side draw back on level terms. Despite the late rally, Japan were confined to defeat ahead of their do-or-die fixture against the Danes.

Tonight’s matches feature heavyweights Brazil v Ivory Coast whilst the ‘group-of-draws’ kicks of with Slovakia v Paraguay followed by a potentially entertaining match between reigning champions Italy and tournament minnows New Zealand.

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Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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