2010 FIFA World Cup Group E

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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.

The winners of this group, Netherlands, advanced to face the Group F runners-up, Slovakia, while Japan, as Group E runners-up, faced Group F winners Paraguay. Cameroon was the first team to be eliminated in the World Cup, following their 2–1 defeat by Denmark on 19 June 2010.

Standings[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9
 Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
 Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
 Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 −3 0


All times local (UTC+02)

Netherlands vs Denmark[edit]

14 June 2010
13:30
Netherlands  2–0  Denmark
Agger Goal 46' (o.g.)
Kuyt Goal 85'
Report
Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 83,465
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (France)[2]
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 Booked 44' Substituted off 88'
RW 7 Dirk Kuyt
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
LW 23 Rafael van der Vaart Substituted off 67'
CF 9 Robin van Persie Booked 49' Substituted off 77'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Eljero Elia Substituted in 67'
MF 20 Ibrahim Afellay Substituted in 77'
MF 14 Demy de Zeeuw Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk
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GK 1 Thomas Sørensen
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen
CB 4 Daniel Agger
CB 3 Simon Kjær Booked 63'
LB 15 Simon Poulsen
RM 20 Thomas Enevoldsen Substituted off 56'
CM 2 Christian Poulsen
CM 12 Thomas Kahlenberg Substituted off 73'
LM 10 Martin Jørgensen (c)
SS 19 Dennis Rommedahl
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner Substituted off 62'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Jesper Grønkjær Substituted in 56'
FW 17 Mikkel Beckmann Substituted in 62'
MF 21 Christian Eriksen Substituted in 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 Cameroon[edit]

14 June 2010
16:00
Japan  1–0  Cameroon
Honda Goal 39' Report
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 Booked 90+1'
RM 8 Daisuke Matsui Substituted off 69'
CM 18 Keisuke Honda
CM 17 Makoto Hasebe (c) Substituted off 88'
LM 7 Yasuhito Endō
CF 16 Yoshito Ōkubo Substituted off 82'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Shinji Okazaki Substituted in 69'
FW 12 Kisho Yano Substituted in 82'
MF 20 Junichi Inamoto Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Takeshi Okada
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GK 16 Souleymanou Hamidou
RB 19 Stéphane Mbia
CB 3 Nicolas N'Koulou Booked 72'
CB 5 Sébastien Bassong
LB 2 Benoît Assou-Ekotto
RM 21 Joël Matip Substituted off 63'
CM 11 Jean Makoun Substituted off 75'
LM 18 Eyong Enoh
RW 9 Samuel Eto'o (c)
LW 13 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Substituted off 75'
CF 15 Pierre Webó
Substitutions:
MF 10 Achille Emana Substituted in 63'
MF 8 Geremi Njitap Substituted in 75'
FW 17 Mohammadou Idrissou Substituted in 75'
Manager:
France 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 Gonzalez (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 Japan[edit]

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 regardless of the result in their final match.

19 June 2010
13:30
Netherlands  1–0  Japan
Sneijder Goal 53' Report
Netherlands[6]
Japan[6]
GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 2 Gregory van der Wiel Booked 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 Substituted off 83'
LW 23 Rafael van der Vaart Substituted off 72'
CF 9 Robin van Persie Substituted off 88'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Eljero Elia Substituted in 72'
MF 20 Ibrahim Afellay Substituted in 83'
FW 21 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Bert van Marwijk
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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) Substituted off 77'
CM 2 Yuki Abe
CM 7 Yasuhito Endō
RW 8 Daisuke Matsui Substituted off 64'
LW 16 Yoshito Ōkubo Substituted off 77'
CF 18 Keisuke Honda
Substitutions:
MF 10 Shunsuke Nakamura Substituted in 64'
FW 9 Shinji Okazaki Substituted in 77'
FW 11 Keiji Tamada Substituted in 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 Denmark[edit]

19 June 2010
20:30
Cameroon  1–2  Denmark
Eto'o Goal 10' Report Bendtner Goal 33'
Rommedahl Goal 61'
Cameroon[7]
Denmark[7]
GK 16 Souleymanou Hamidou
RB 19 Stephane Mbia Booked 75'
CB 3 Nicolas N'Koulou
CB 5 Sébastien Bassong Booked 49' Substituted off 72'
LB 2 Benoît Assou-Ekotto
CM 8 Geremi Njitap
CM 18 Eyong Enoh Substituted off 46'
RW 6 Alexandre Song
LW 10 Achille Emana
SS 15 Pierre Webó Substituted off 78'
CF 9 Samuel Eto'o (c)
Substitutions:
MF 11 Jean Makoun Substituted in 46'
FW 17 Mohammadou Idrissou Substituted in 72'
FW 23 Vincent Aboubakar Substituted in 78'
Manager:
France Paul Le Guen
CMR-DEN 2010-06-19.svg
GK 1 Thomas Sørensen Booked 86'
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen
CB 3 Simon Kjær Booked 87'
CB 4 Daniel Agger
LB 15 Simon Poulsen
CM 2 Christian Poulsen
CM 10 Martin Jørgensen Substituted off 46'
RW 19 Dennis Rommedahl
AM 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson (c) Substituted off 86'
LW 8 Jesper Grønkjær Substituted off 67'
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner
Substitutions:
MF 7 Daniel Jensen Substituted in 46'
MF 12 Thomas Kahlenberg Substituted in 67'
MF 14 Jakob Poulsen Substituted in 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 Japan[edit]

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.

24 June 2010
20:30
Denmark  1–3  Japan
Tomasson Goal 81' Report Honda Goal 17'
Endō Goal 30'
Okazaki Goal 87'
Denmark[10]
Japan[10]
GK 1 Thomas Sørensen
RB 6 Lars Jacobsen
CB 4 Daniel Agger
CB 13 Per Krøldrup Booked 29' Substituted off 56'
LB 15 Simon Poulsen
DM 2 Christian Poulsen Booked 48'
RM 10 Martin Jørgensen Substituted off 34'
LM 12 Thomas Kahlenberg Substituted off 63'
AM 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson (c)
AM 19 Dennis Rommedahl
CF 11 Nicklas Bendtner Booked 66'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Jakob Poulsen Substituted in 34'
FW 18 Søren Larsen Substituted in 56'
MF 21 Christian Eriksen Substituted in 63'
Manager:
Morten Olsen
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GK 21 Eiji Kawashima
RB 3 Yūichi Komano
CB 22 Yuji Nakazawa
CB 4 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
LB 5 Yuto Nagatomo Booked 26'
DM 2 Yuki Abe
CM 8 Daisuke Matsui Substituted off 74'
CM 7 Yasuhito Endō Booked 12' Substituted off 90+1'
RW 17 Makoto Hasebe (c)
LW 16 Yoshito Ōkubo Substituted off 88'
CF 18 Keisuke Honda
Substitutions:
FW 9 Shinji Okazaki Substituted in 74'
DF 15 Yasuyuki Konno Substituted in 88'
MF 20 Junichi Inamoto Substituted in 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 Netherlands[edit]

24 June 2010
20:30
Cameroon  1–2  Netherlands
Eto'o Goal 65' (pen.) Report Van Persie Goal 36'
Huntelaar Goal 83'
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 63,093
Referee: Pablo Pozo (Chile)
Cameroon[11]
Netherlands[11]
GK 16 Souleymanou Hamidou
RB 8 Geremi Njitap
CB 19 Stephane Mbia Booked 81'
CB 3 Nicolas N'Koulou Booked 25' Substituted off 73'
LB 2 Benoît Assou-Ekotto
CM 14 Aurelien Chedjou
CM 7 Landry N'Guémo
RW 11 Jean Makoun
LW 12 Gaëtan Bong Substituted off 56'
CF 9 Samuel Eto'o (c)
CF 13 Eric Choupo-Moting Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
FW 23 Vincent Aboubakar Substituted in 56'
FW 17 Mohammadou Idrissou Substituted in 72'
DF 4 Rigobert Song Substituted in 73'
Manager:
France Paul Le Guen
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GK 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 12 Khalid Boulahrouz
CB 3 John Heitinga
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst (c) Booked 70'
CM 6 Mark van Bommel
CM 8 Nigel de Jong
RW 7 Dirk Kuyt Booked 17' Substituted off 66'
AM 10 Wesley Sneijder
LW 23 Rafael van der Vaart Booked 65' Substituted off 73'
CF 9 Robin van Persie Substituted off 59'
Substitutions:
FW 21 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Substituted in 59'
FW 17 Eljero Elia Substituted in 66'
FW 11 Arjen Robben Substituted in 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)

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