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Group E of the 2010 FIFA World Cup began on 14 June and ended on 24 June 2010.[1] The group consisted of the Netherlands, Denmark, Japan and Cameroon. None of these teams have previously met in a World Cup group stage.

Cameroon was the first team to be eliminated in the World Cup, following their 2–1 defeat by Denmark on 19 June 2010.

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StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3   Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
4   Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 −3 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria


MatchesEdit

All times local (UTC+02)

Netherlands vs DenmarkEdit

Netherlands  2–0  Denmark
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Attendance: 83,465
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Netherlands[3]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Denmark[3]
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 2 Gregory van der Wiel
CB 3 John Heitinga
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst (c)
CM 6 Mark van Bommel
CM 8 Nigel de Jong   44'   88'
RW 7 Dirk Kuyt
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
LW 23 Rafael van der Vaart   67'
CF 9 Robin van Persie   49'   77'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Eljero Elia   67'
MF 20 Ibrahim Afellay   77'
MF 14 Demy de Zeeuw   88'
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk
 
GK 1 Thomas Sørensen
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen
CB 4 Daniel Agger
CB 3 Simon Kjær   63'
LB 15 Simon Poulsen
RM 20 Thomas Enevoldsen   56'
CM 2 Christian Poulsen
CM 12 Thomas Kahlenberg   73'
LM 10 Martin Jørgensen (c)
SS 19 Dennis Rommedahl
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner   62'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Jesper Grønkjær   56'
FW 17 Mikkel Beckmann   62'
MF 21 Christian Eriksen   73'
Manager:
Morten Olsen
 
Netherlands vs Denmark

Man of the Match:
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Eric Dansault (France)[2]
Laurent Ugo (France)[2]
Fourth official:
Roberto Rosetti (Italy)[2]
Fifth official:
Paolo Calcagno (Italy)[2]

Japan vs CameroonEdit

Japan  1–0  Cameroon
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Japan[4]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cameroon[4]
GK 21 Eiji Kawashima
RB 5 Yuto Nagatomo
CB 22 Yuji Nakazawa
CB 4 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
LB 3 Yūichi Komano
DM 2 Yuki Abe   90+1'
RM 8 Daisuke Matsui   69'
CM 18 Keisuke Honda
CM 17 Makoto Hasebe (c)   88'
LM 7 Yasuhito Endō
CF 16 Yoshito Ōkubo   82'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Shinji Okazaki   69'
FW 12 Kisho Yano   82'
MF 20 Junichi Inamoto   88'
Manager:
Takeshi Okada
 
GK 16 Souleymanou Hamidou
RB 19 Stéphane Mbia
CB 3 Nicolas N'Koulou   72'
CB 5 Sébastien Bassong
LB 2 Benoît Assou-Ekotto
RM 21 Joël Matip   63'
CM 11 Jean Makoun   75'
LM 18 Eyong Enoh
RW 9 Samuel Eto'o (c)
LW 13 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting   75'
CF 15 Pierre Webó
Substitutions:
MF 10 Achille Emana   63'
MF 8 Geremi   75'
FW 17 Mohammadou Idrissou   75'
Manager:
  Paul Le Guen

Man of the Match:
Keisuke Honda (Japan)

Assistant referees:
José Cardinal (Portugal)[2]
Bertino Miranda (Portugal)[2]
Fourth official:
Óscar Ruiz (Colombia)[2]
Fifth official:
Abraham González (Colombia)[2]

The win for Japan was their first World Cup win away from home soil, and it was also the first time Cameroon was defeated in a World Cup opening match.

Netherlands vs JapanEdit

The first clear chance of the game came from midfielder Wesley Sneijder when he shot over the bar from a long-range free-kick. When Japan broke up the Netherlands' passing, midfielder Daisuke Matsui was positive, helping a move that set Yuto Nagatomo up for a shot that he hit wide. The Netherlands became frustrated, as they struggled to incorporate forward Robin van Persie. Towards the end of the first half, Japan had two chances: defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka heading wide and Matsui with a powerful shot at the goalkeeper.[5]

Throughout the second half, Van Persie managed to break free twice. In the 52 minute, as the ball came into the penalty area, the Dutch number 9 moved the ball towards Sneijder, who shot the ball powerfully towards the goal, scoring via a deflection from the goalkeeper, Eiji Kawashima. Substitute Shunsuke Nakamura later managed to make a cross into the six-yard box, which was cleared by Van Persie. Dutch substitute Eljero Elia, managed to set up Ibrahim Afellay with a one-on-one with goalkeeper Kawashima, but Kawashima prevented him from scoring a goal. One minute before the end of the game, Shinji Okazaki missed a shot from 10 yards (9.1 m); shooting over the bar. Soon after this, Yuto Nagatomo went down in the penalty area claiming a penalty, from a challenge by Dutch Nigel de Jong, but the referee turned down his appeals.[5]

The result was the Netherlands' second win in the competition, which meant that they would progress to the knockout stage if they did not lose their last match

Netherlands  1–0  Japan
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Netherlands[6]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Japan[6]
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 2 Gregory van der Wiel   36'
CB 3 John Heitinga
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst (c)
CM 6 Mark van Bommel
CM 8 Nigel de Jong
RW 7 Dirk Kuyt
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder   83'
LW 23 Rafael van der Vaart   72'
CF 9 Robin van Persie   88'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Eljero Elia   72'
MF 20 Ibrahim Afellay   83'
FW 21 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar   88'
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk
 
GK 21 Eiji Kawashima
RB 3 Yūichi Komano
CB 22 Yuji Nakazawa
CB 4 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
LB 5 Yuto Nagatomo
DM 17 Makoto Hasebe (c)   77'
CM 2 Yuki Abe
CM 7 Yasuhito Endō
RW 8 Daisuke Matsui   64'
LW 16 Yoshito Ōkubo   77'
CF 18 Keisuke Honda
Substitutions:
MF 10 Shunsuke Nakamura   64'
FW 9 Shinji Okazaki   77'
FW 11 Keiji Tamada   77'
Manager:
Takeshi Okada

Man of the Match:
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Ricardo Casas (Argentina)
Hernan Maidana (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Martin Hansson (Sweden)
Fifth official:
Henrik Andrén (Sweden)

Cameroon vs DenmarkEdit

Cameroon  1–2  Denmark
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Cameroon[7]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Denmark[7]
GK 16 Souleymanou Hamidou
RB 19 Stéphane Mbia   75'
CB 3 Nicolas N'Koulou
CB 5 Sébastien Bassong   49'   72'
LB 2 Benoît Assou-Ekotto
CM 8 Geremi
CM 18 Eyong Enoh   46'
RW 6 Alex Song
LW 10 Achille Emana
SS 15 Pierre Webó   78'
CF 9 Samuel Eto'o (c)
Substitutions:
MF 11 Jean Makoun   46'
FW 17 Mohammadou Idrissou   72'
FW 23 Vincent Aboubakar   78'
Manager:
  Paul Le Guen
 
GK 1 Thomas Sørensen   86'
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen
CB 3 Simon Kjær   87'
CB 4 Daniel Agger
LB 15 Simon Poulsen
CM 2 Christian Poulsen
CM 10 Martin Jørgensen   46'
RW 19 Dennis Rommedahl
AM 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson (c)   86'
LW 8 Jesper Grønkjær   67'
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner
Substitutions:
MF 7 Daniel Jensen   46'
MF 12 Thomas Kahlenberg   67'
MF 14 Jakob Poulsen   86'
Manager:
Morten Olsen

Man of the Match:
Daniel Agger (Denmark)

Assistant referees:
Pablo Fandino (Uruguay)
Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay)
Fourth official:
Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)
Fifth official:
Brent Best (New Zealand)

Denmark vs JapanEdit

Japan opened the scoring in the 17th minute from a direct free kick taken by Keisuke Honda – only the second goal scored from a free kick in the tournament.[8] Honda, standing to Danish keeper Thomas Sørensen's left, kicked the ball with great force; Sørensen initially moved to his left, and as the ball sailed past the wall, he shifted direction, but could not recover in time to make the save. Japan's second goal came thirteen minutes later, also from a direct free kick, this time by Yasuhito Endō. Standing outside the penalty area directly in front of the Danish goal, he curled the ball around the wall. Sørensen had been standing on the right side of his goal and could not move to his left fast enough. Endō almost scored from yet another free kick early in the second half. This time, Sørensen appeared to have difficulty judging the path of the ball, and was only able to palm it away at the last second, where it caromed off the goalpost.

Denmark needed to win this game in order to advance and increased their attacks accordingly. Late in the second half, Christian Eriksen put his shot over the goal and Søren Larsen hit the goalpost. They were finally able to score in the 82nd minute. When Makoto Hasebe was adjudged to have fouled Daniel Agger inside the penalty area, Denmark were awarded a penalty kick. Jon Dahl Tomasson took the shot, which was saved by Eiji Kawashima; the goalkeeper, however, was unable to control the rebound, which fell to Tomasson, and he was able to put it in the goal. Japan scored their final goal in the 87th minute. Honda dribbled into the penalty area, forcing Sørensen to attempt to block a potential shot, but Honda passed it to substitute Shinji Okazaki, who merely had to put the ball into an empty net.

The victory was Japan's second World Cup tournament victory on foreign soil, and only their second against a European team. Japan finished group play in second place with six points, and advanced to the knockout round for the second time in their history, and the first time on foreign soil.[9] Denmark ended in third with three points. This was the first time Denmark failed to get past the group stage in the World Cup.

Denmark  1–3  Japan
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Denmark[10]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Japan[10]
GK 1 Thomas Sørensen
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen
CB 4 Daniel Agger
CB 13 Per Krøldrup   29'   56'
LB 15 Simon Poulsen
DM 2 Christian Poulsen   48'
RM 10 Martin Jørgensen   34'
LM 12 Thomas Kahlenberg   63'
AM 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson (c)
AM 19 Dennis Rommedahl
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner   66'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Jakob Poulsen   34'
FW 18 Søren Larsen   56'
MF 21 Christian Eriksen   63'
Manager:
Morten Olsen
 
GK 21 Eiji Kawashima
RB 3 Yūichi Komano
CB 22 Yuji Nakazawa
CB 4 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
LB 5 Yuto Nagatomo   26'
DM 2 Yuki Abe
CM 8 Daisuke Matsui   74'
CM 7 Yasuhito Endō   12'   90+1'
RW 17 Makoto Hasebe (c)
LW 16 Yoshito Ōkubo   88'
CF 18 Keisuke Honda
Substitutions:
FW 9 Shinji Okazaki   74'
DF 15 Yasuyuki Konno   88'
MF 20 Junichi Inamoto   90+1'
Manager:
Takeshi Okada

Man of the Match:
Keisuke Honda (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Célestin Ntagungira (Rwanda)
Enock Molefe (South Africa)
Fourth official:
Martin Hansson (Sweden)
Fifth official:
Henrik Andrén (Sweden)

Cameroon vs NetherlandsEdit

Cameroon  1–2  Netherlands
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Attendance: 63,093
Referee: Pablo Pozo (Chile)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cameroon[11]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Netherlands[11]
GK 16 Souleymanou Hamidou
RB 8 Geremi
CB 19 Stéphane Mbia   81'
CB 3 Nicolas N'Koulou   25'   73'
LB 2 Benoît Assou-Ekotto
CM 14 Aurélien Chedjou
CM 7 Landry N'Guémo
RW 11 Jean Makoun
LW 12 Gaëtan Bong   56'
CF 9 Samuel Eto'o (c)
CF 13 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting   72'
Substitutions:
FW 23 Vincent Aboubakar   56'
FW 17 Mohammadou Idrissou   72'
DF 4 Rigobert Song   73'
Manager:
  Paul Le Guen
 
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 12 Khalid Boulahrouz
CB 3 John Heitinga
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst (c)   70'
CM 6 Mark van Bommel
CM 8 Nigel de Jong
RW 7 Dirk Kuyt   17'   66'
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
LW 23 Rafael van der Vaart   65'   73'
CF 9 Robin van Persie   59'
Substitutions:
FW 21 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar   59'
FW 17 Eljero Elia   66'
FW 11 Arjen Robben   73'
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk
 
The Netherlands and Cameroon teams line up prior to the game.

Man of the Match:
Robin van Persie (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Patricio Basualto (Chile)
Francisco Mondria (Chile)
Fourth official:
Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)
Fifth official:
Saleh Al Marzouqi (United Arab Emirates)

ReferencesEdit

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