Saturday, 19th June 2010
Cameroon Out of World Cup
Cameroon vs Denmark
Both of these teams were still looking for their first points of
the tournament, while Holland would qualify, unless Cameroon won; or if Denmark won,
Cameroon would be out.
Cameroon came out of the blocks with a spring in their step; as Morten
Olsen - the Denmark manager - started taking notes.
When Dennis Rommedahl skied Jabulani in the seventh minute, Olsen
scribbled some more.
Then a lazy pass by Christian Poulsen was cut out by Achille Emana who
found Samuel Eto'o in his more favoured central position; no chance for Thomas Sorensen.
A few minutes later and Cameroon were pushing forward again, trying to
extend their lead and keep this group wide open.
With just over half an hour gone, a long ball over the Cameroon
left-back found Dennis Rommedahl sprinting down the right. The Ajax midfielder whipped a
cross into the middle, for Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner to slide home.
Denmark will wonder how they missed the chance to go ahead, five
minutes before half-time. Then Cameroon broke forward, mistakes being made everywhere, and
Eto'o cannoned a shot off the post; when Emana should have probably taken it on his own.
Another comedy of errors in the Denmark penalty area, at the start of
the second-half, but Cameroon were unable to make anything of it.
Then around the hour mark, Assou-Ekotto was caught out of position -
having just fed the ball to Pierre Webo around the Danish penalty area - thus making life
easy for Dennis Rommedahl on the right; who cut inside and steered the ball past
With twelve minutes left to play, Thomas Sorensen denied Achille Emana
the chance to fire Cameroon back into the World Cup Finals; diving down to his right to
make a terrific, one-handed stop.
Cameroon substitute, Mohamadou Idrissou, then headed over the Denmark
bar with five minutes still to play.
With the final whistle, Cameroon became the first team to be dumped
out of the 2010 World Cup Finals; an African team out of the African World Cup.
Cameroon 1 Denmark 2
1:0 Samuel Eto'o (10 mins)
1:1 Nicklas Bendtner (33 mins)
1:2 Dennis Rommedahl (61 mins)
Man of The Match:
Dennis Rommedahl - The decisive factor for Denmark getting back into the game and then
taking the lead.
16 Souleymanou Hamidou; 2 Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 5 Sebastien Bassong, 3 Nicolas N'Koulou, 19
Stephane M'Bia; 18 Eyong Enoh, 6 Alex Song, 8 Geremi; 15 Pierre Webo, 10 Achille Emana, 9
1 Thomas Sorensen; 15 Simon Poulsen, 4 Daniel Agger, 3 Simon Kjaer, 6 Lars Jacobsen; 8
Jesper Gronkjaer, 10 Martin Jorgensen, 2 Christian Poulsen, 19 Dennis Rommedahl; 9 Jon
Dahl Tomasson, 11 Nicklas Bendtner.
Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)
46 Mins (Denmark) - 7 Daniel Jensen on for 10 Martin Jorgensen
46 Mins (Cameroon) - 11 Jean Makoun on for 18 Eyong Enoh
66 Mins (Denmark) - 12 Thomas Kahlenberg on for 8 Jesper Gronkjaer
72 Mins (Cameroon) - 17 Mohamadou Idrissou on for 5 Sebastien Bassong
79 Mins (Cameroon) - 23 Vincent Aboubakar on for 15 Pierre Webo
85 Mins (Denmark) - 14 Jakob Poulsen on for 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson
49 Mins - Sebastien Bassong (Cameroon)
75 Mins - Stephane M'Bia (Cameroon)
86 Mins - Thomas Sorensen (Denmark)
87 Mins - Simon Kjaer (Denmark) - misses next game.
0 Red Cards.
Cameroon and Denmark have played two friendly matches; both in Copenhagen. Cameroon won
the 1998 match (2:1); and Denmark replied with the same score, in 2001.
2010 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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