PEEEEEP. The Dutch are through as group leaders with 9 points. Japan will join them in a few minutes.
88:00 – GOOOOOAAAAL. JAPAN. A simple tap in from Okazaki after some industrious work by Honda. They’re through. Another great world cup story! Japan 3 – Denmark 1
83:00 – GOOOOOOOAAAAL . Holland. Roben unleashes a beautiful shot but it bounces off the woodwork and straight into the path of Huntelaar and he slots it into the empty net. Holland 2 – Cameroon 1
81:00 – GOOOOOOAAAAL. Tomasson takes and shoots and it is saved but he latches on to the rebound and slides it into the net. He is know the record goalscorer for Denmark. Denmark 1 – Japan 2
80:00 – PENALTY for Denmark. Agger goes down.
77:00 – Not all that much going on. Lost my feed to the Cameroon game
70:00 – Robben to make an appearance as he replaces van de vaart
64:00 – GOOOOOAAAAL. ETO’O buries he it. Netherlands 1 – Cameroon 1
63:00 – PENALTY against the Dutch. Off a Geremi free kick Van de Vaart handles it. Eto’o to take it
60:00 – Cameroon desperately seeing a goal to level it up and get some pride before they go home. The fact that they are trying so hard is inspiration enough for teams like France to take note off!
57:00 – Japan really taking advantage of Denmark pressing forward and looking for a third. At this rate with their defense and the Danes poor finishing, Japan could win this 4-0.
50:00 – Bendtner tries to emulate what Endo and Honda did in the first half but his weak effort is straight at the wall.
46:00 – Second halves under way. Denmark need to score three and keep a clean sheet for the second half if they are to advance to the knock out stages.
PEEEEEEP PEEEP PEEP. Halftime in both games.
45:00 – Japan holding on well. Meanwhile Cameroon are really trying but the Dutch are playing very well.
36:00 – GOOOOOOAAAAL. Van Persie latches on to a gorgeous ball and slides a ball through Hamidou’s legs and into the back of the net. Netherlands 1 – Cameroon 0
33:00 – That was a world class spectacular goal by Endo. Everyone but the 11 Japanese players in the stadium figured Honda would take it. What a goal!
30:00 – GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL – ENDO…what a surprise. Everyone expected Honda to take the free kick but Endo strikes it perfectly and curls it around the wall and makes it Japan 2 – Denmark 0
24:00 – Netherlands playing some pretty football but the final pass/shot is missing the venom required to go up in their game.
23:00 – Denmark responding well and are doing so with high balls into the box, hoping their height will be to their advantage.
18:00 – Sloth er i mean Kuyt gets a yellow card for a rash lunge on a Cameroonian player.
17:00 – GOOOOOAAAAAAL. WHAT A STRIKE FROM HONDA!!!!! Off a free kick, Honda strikes the ball over the wall and beyond a wrong footed Sorenson. Take that Jabulani, you have a master and his name is HONDA! Japan 1 – Denmark 0
14:00 – It’s the Dane’s turn as Tomasson drags a shot inches wide. They need a win do the Danes as a draw will not be enough.
13:00 – Japan with an excellent chance as Okubo sends in a perfect cross but Sorenson instinctively reaches out and blocks it from the on rushing striker. Good football all around.
11:00 – End to end stuff going on in the “pride” game as the indomitable lions are really going for it. Good for them
9:00 – Best name of the world cup might have to go to Japanese defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka.
3:00 – Bendtner spends most of his warm up coloring his socks red with a sharpie….hmm ok. Meanwhile, some slick passing from the Danes tee up Tomasson, but the old man’s shot is on it’s way to meet Odin in Valhalla.
TWEEEEEEET(s) and they’re both off. The game to watch if you can is the Japan/Denmark one.
Denmark: Sorensen, Jacobsen, Agger, Kroldrup, Simon Poulsen, Jorgensen, Christian Poulsen, Kahlenberg, Tomasson, Rommedahl, Bendtner.
Japan: Kawashima, Komano, Nakazawa, Tanaka, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Matsui, Abe, Endo, Okubo, Honda.
Cameroon: 16-Hamidou Souleymanou; 19-Stephane Mbia, 7-Landry Nguemo, 3-Nicolas Nkoulou, 2-Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 8-Geremi, 11-Jean Makoun, 6-Alexandre Song, 9-Samuel Eto’o, 13-Eric Choupo-Moting, 12-Gaetan Bong.
Subs: Kameni, Rigobert Song, Bassong, Emana, Chedjou, Webo, Idrissou, Matip, Aboubakar, Ndy Assembe.
Netherlands: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 12-Khalid Boulahrouz, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst; 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 8-Nigel de Jong, 23-Rafael van der Vaart; 9-Robin van Persie.
Subs: Vorm, Van Der Wiel, Robben, Ooijer, De Zeeuw, Braafheid, Elia, Schaars, Babel, Afellay, Huntelaar, Boschker.
Cameroon are playing for pride against the Dutch who are already through. Japan and Denmark are playing in a good ol fashioned shootout with winner takes all…though a draw would send Japan through!