Thursday, 24th June 2010
Japan's Honda Shines
Denmark vs Japan
Denmark needed to win this game, while a draw would have been
enough for Japan.
Japan took the lead in the 17th minute as Keisuke Honda fired in a
direct free-kick that left Thomas Sorensen with no chance.
Then on the half-hour, another free-kick to Japan; which Yasuhito Endo
curled around the wall and out of Sorensen's reach again.
Japan continued to look for the third goal, Yuichi Komano forcing
Sorensen to tip the ball over for a corner.
In the 48th minute, Yasuhito Endo almost scored from another free-kick
as Sorensen could only flap the ball onto his post.
Ten minutes from the end, Denmark were awarded a penalty after Daniel
Agger was pushed. Jon Dahl Tomasson saw his penalty saved but he just managed to follow
up; pulling his thigh muscle in the process.
The icing on the cake was provided by Keisuke Honda for Shinji
Denmark 1 Japan 3
0:1 Keisuke Honda (17 mins)
0:2 Yasuhito Endo (30 mins)
1:2 Jon Dahl Tomasson (81 mins)
1:3 Shinji Okazaki (88 mins)
Man of The Match:
Keisuke Honda - Great play in unselfishly providing Keisuke Honda with Japan's third goal;
having already scored from a free-kick in the first-half.
1 Thomas Sorensen; 15 Simon Poulsen, 4 Daniel Agger, 13 Per Kroldrup, 6 Lars Jacobsen; 12
Thomas Kahlenberg, 10 Martin Jorgensen, 2 Christian Poulsen, 19 Dennis Rommedahl; 9 Jon
Dahl Tomasson, 11 Nicklas Bendtner.
21 Eiji Kawashima; 5 Yuto Nagatomo, 4 Marcus Tulio Tanaka, 22 Yuji Nakazawa, 3 Yuichi
Komano; 7 Yasuhito Endo, 2 Yuki Abe, 17 Makoto Hasebe; 18 Keisuke Honda, 16 Yoshito Okubo,
8 Daisuke Matsui.
Jerome Damon (South Africa)
34 Mins (Denmark) - 14 Jakob Poulsen on for 10 Martin Jorgensen
56 Mins (Denmark) - 18 Søren Larsen on for 13 Per Kroldrup
63 Mins (Denmark) - 21 Christian Eriksen on for 12 Thomas Kahlenberg
74 Mins (Japan) - 9 Shinji Okazaki on for 8 Daisuke Matsui
88 Mins (Japan) - 15 Yasuyuki Konno on for 16 Yoshito Okubo
90 Mins (Japan) - 20 Junichi Inamoto on for 7 Yasuhito Endo
12 Mins - Yasuhito Endo (Japan)
26 Mins - Yuto Nagatomo (Japan)
29 Mins - Per Kroldrup (Denmark)
48 Mins - Christian Poulsen (Denmark)
66 Mins - Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark)
0 Red Cards.
Cameroon vs Holland.
Denmark beat Japan (3:2) in a 1971 Copenhagen friendly.
2010 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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