Cameroon eliminated, loses 1-2 to Denmark
From our reporter
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Dennis Rommedahl scored one goal and set up another Saturday to lead Denmark to a 2-1 win over Cameroon, eliminating the African team from the World Cup and sending the Netherlands to the round of 16.
Rommedahl ran down the right flank and spun around substitute Jean Makoun before hitting a well-aimed shot past Hamidou Souleymanou in the 61st minute.
Rommedahl assisted on Nicklas Bendtner?s equalizer in the 33rd after Samuel Eto?o had put Cameroon ahead in the 10th following a mix-up in the Danish defense.
The result means the Netherlands is through to the second round with six points after beating Japan 1-0 earlier Saturday. Denmark and Japan have three points each. Their last Group D match will decide who joins the Netherlands into the knockout stage.
Eto?o scored in the 10th minute after a meltdown in the Danish defense.
Christian Poulsen rolled the ball toward fullback Simon Kjaer but the pass was way too soft and intercepted by Achille Webo, who found Eto?o unmarked in front of goal. Cameroon?s top striker easily beat Denmark goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen with a powerful low shot.
The Danes replied just after the half-hour mark, when Kjaer sent a long diagonal pass from deep inside the Danish half down the right flank to Rommedahl. The 31-year-old winger let the ball bounce off his chest, looked up to find Bendtner rushing toward the goal, and struck a low cross that the Denmark striker poked in with his right foot.
Both teams had a flurry of chances before the break, with Eto?o hitting the post and Achille Emana zigzagging past three defenders but shooting straight at Sorensen. Cameroon pressed desperately for an equalizer after Rommedahl put the Danes ahead, but Alex Song and Webo shot over the bar at Loftus Versfeld.
Sorensen salvaged the Danish win when he stopped Achille Emana?s right-foot shot with a one-hand save in the 77th.