World Cup: Denmark vs. Cameroon (MatchDay Commentary)

World Cup: Denmark vs. Cameroon (MatchDay Commentary)

World Cup 2010

World Cup: Denmark vs. Cameroon (MatchDay Commentary)

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The first team to be eliminated from the World Cup could come today as Denmark and Cameroon clash (2:30pm, ABC) in an intriguing Group E match.

Cameroon could be knocked out of the tournament even before it plays its final group stage match if it loses today. Samuel Eto'o and the rest of the Indomitable Lions won't want to let that happen, and will need to show more offensively if it wants to break down the disciplined Danish defense.

Denmark can't be eliminated today, but will need to be wary of a desperate Cameroon attack if it wants to earn a result. Daniel Agger having a strong performance could go a long ways to helping the Danes avoid defeat.

This is Franco Panizo and I'll be providing commentary for today's match. As always, if you'll be watching today's match please feel free to leave your comments, opinions and analysis in the comments section.

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FINAL- That's all for me today. Please feel free to share your post-game thoughts in the comments section below, and stay tuned to SBI and FoxSoccer.com for more World Cup coverage.

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FINAL- Denmark can reach round of 16 with win over Japan, but the Danes will need to shore up their defense for that happen.

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FINAL- Despite taking 23 shots, Cameroon couldn't pull out the draw and keep its World Cup dreams alive. Eto'o didn't do enough over the course of 90 minutes to help Cameroon get the result.

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FINAL- Denmark takes the three points with a 2-1 victory. What a dreadful defensive display by Cameroon, and what a terrible result for the African nation.

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93rd minute- There's the final whistle! Denmark wins 2-1. Cameroon is first team eliminated from the World Cup. Wow.

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90th minute- Three minutes of stoppage time added. Is it enough for Cameroon?

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88th minute- Nothing comes of the free kick. Poor service, not enough height on the cross.

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87th minute- Kjaer picks up a yellow and Cameroon will have a great kick opportunity.

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85th minute- Idrissou gets a header off, but hits it high. Cameroon is running out of time to pull level. The Indomitable Lions need to get the ball to Eto'o and quick.

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81st minute- Cameroon is pushing everyone forward, as it should. Can Denmark contain the wave of attacks its facing? I'd say yes.

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77th minute- WOW. Emana hits a shot with his right foot inside the penalty area, but Sorensen makes a good save to deny the equalizer.

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75th minute- Mbia is given a yellow card for a poor sliding challenge.

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72nd minute- Cameroon making a tactical substitution. Forward Mohammadou Idrissou in for defender Bassong.

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70th minute- Tomasson is played through on goal, but his shot isn't accurate enough as Hamidou makes a big, big save.

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66th minute- Change for Denmark. Grokjaer is out and Thomas Kahlenberg is coming in.

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63rd minute- Webo gets on the end of a cross but his header goes wide.

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62nd minute- Rommedahl cuts inside on Makoun on the left side of the area and curls his shot into the net. With this score Cameroon would be out of the tournament.

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61st minute- GOAL! Denmark takes the lead through a strike from Rommedahl! WOW.

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57th minute- Webo gets by Agger but his shot inside the area is sent to row W seat 10.

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55th minute- The frantic pace of the game that I'm sure most were enjoying has slowed down a bit. Darn.

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50th minute- Driven shot from Christian Poulsen is hit over the goal, but it was close.

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49th minute- Denmark is awarded a free kick right outside the penalty area and Bassong is given a yellow for his troubles.

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47th minute- Mbia heads the ball on goal, but Sorenson knocks it away. The nonstop action continues.

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46th minute- And we're underway.

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HALFTIME- Despite the horrid defensive displays, I don't expect any substitutions to be made at the intermission.

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HALFTIME- Cameroon will feel unlucky to not be ahead, but it should get more looks in the second half as long as it continues to apply pressure on Agger and the rest of Denmark's defense.

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HALFTIME- This has turned into a wide open affair, with both defenses giving up acres of space and hitting sloppy passes.

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46th minute- Referee blows the whistle and arguably the best half at this World Cup comes to a close.

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44th minute- This game is blown wide open. Pretty exciting stuff.

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43rd minute- Emana dribbles through a pair of Danish defenders but his shot goes right to Sorenson. That sound you hear is Denmark breathing a sigh of relief.

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43rd minute- WOW! Eto'o takes advantage of the shoddy Danish defense and his shot smacks off the left post. Unlucky there, but the game is getting really entertaining.

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41st minute- Rommedahl gets behind Cameroon's back line and lays it off to Bendtner, whose shot in front of a goalkeeper-less net is blocked by a defender. WOW.

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38th minute- This game is wide open now. Rest of the way should be entertaining.

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35th minute- Assou-Ekotto was beaten on the goal. Not surprised.

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34th minute- Incredible, pinpoint passing to unlock Cameroon's defense. Kjaer plays an accurate long ball to Rommedahl, who races onto it before sliding it to Bendtner in the center of the area. Great stuff.

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33rd minute- GOAL DENMARK! 1-1!!! Bendtner taps the ball in from the center of the penalty area!

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32nd minute- Cameroon is knocking the ball beautifully right now. Lots of quick, short passing.

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29th minute- Emana takes advantage of the space Kjaer allows him and he takes a shot, but it goes wide.

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27th minute- Denmark struggling to get out of its own half right now. Niklas Bendtner is the only player not defending inside Denmark's half.

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23rd minute- Cameroon isn't taking its foot off the pedal. The attack is still pushing forward quickly and the defense pressing high to try and get another goal.

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20th minute- Danish defense has been shaky, continuously putting its own players under pressure with wayward passing.

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18th minute- Nothing comes from the corner. Denmark needs to take advantage of those if it wants to get back in this game.

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17th minute- Gronkjaer earns Denmark a corner kick after his shot is deflected out of bounds.

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13th minute- Emana has a ball fall to him outside the 18 and he blasts a driven shot that just goes wide of the goal. Denmark is on its heels right now.

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11th minute- Cameroon takes advantage of a Danish defensive blunder, picking off a questionable pass before Eto'o received the ball and finished easily.

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10th minute- GOAL CAMEROON!!! ETO'O bur
ies a shot low and hard from close range. 

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10th minute- Free kick goes straight 

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9th minute- Gronkjaer trips Geremi and Cameroon has a dangerous free kick from the left flank.

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7th minute- Rommedahl is played behind Cameroon's defense but his shot is skied over. Assou-Ekotto lost him there. What a surprise, okay not really.

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5th minute- Eto'o opts to shoot from outside the box, but it provides no harm as it rolls wide left.

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3rd minute- A foul called on Cameroon when it was on the attack. The players looked very frustrated with that call.

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1st minute- How Samuel Eto'o fares today will play a big role in the result. For Cameroon's sake, he needs to be a lot more active and dangerous than he was against Japan.

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 PRE-GAME- Denmark's lineup:

—–Tomasson———-Bendtner———Rommedahl—-

———Jorgensen——————-Gronkjaer———-

————————–C. Poulsen————————–

—S. Poulsen——-Agger——-Kjaer——-Jacobsen—

————————-Sorensen—————————
 

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PRE-GAME- Cameroon's lineup:

———————–Eto'o—————————–

———————————Webo—————–

—Emana——–Enoh———Geremi——–Song–

–Assou-Ekotto—-Bassong—N'Kolou—–Mbia—-

———————–Hamidou————————

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