BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 14: Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon runs between Yoshito Okubo (L) and Yuichi Komano of Japan during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group E match between Japan and Cameroon at the Free State Stadium on June 14, 2010 in Mangaung/Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

Cameroon Eliminated From World Cup 2010 After 2-1 Loss To Denmark

Cameroon needs a point on Saturday or they will become the first team eliminated from World Cup 2010. They will have to do so against a Denmark team which, despite their opening match loss, is still favored by many to get out of Group E.

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2010 World Cup, Cameroon Vs. Denmark: Danes Eliminate Indomitable Lions From South Africa 2010

Cameroon has become the first team eliminated from the 2010 World Cup after their 2-1 loss to Denmark in Pretoria.  Goals by Nicklas Bendtner and Dennis Rommedahl brought the Danes back from an early deficit, when mistakes at the back by Thomas Sorensen and Christian Poulsen gifted Samuel Eto'o the opening goal.

It was the most open game of the tournament, with the teams combining for 36 shots, 12 of which found goal.  Cameroon's seven shots on Sorensen were the most in this tournament by a team that lost the game.

As a result, Cameroon is the first team eliminated from the 2010 World Cup.  They sit on zero points in Group E and face the Netherlands in the group's final round next Thursday.  The Dutch are on six points, three ahead of both Japan and Denmark, who play each other, guaranteeing at least one of the teams will gain points and finish above Cameroon.

Early in the match Cameroon appeared poised to avoid elimination, taking advantage of Danish mistakes to take a lead within ten minutes.  Goalkeeper  Thomas Sorensen passed the ball from the six yard box to Christian Poulsen, standing outside the penalty area but with three Cameroon players near him.  Poulsen tried to move the ball right to Simon Kjaer only to have the pass intercepted, played back to Eto'o in the middle of the box for an easy goal.

Denmark responded before halftime when Dennis Rommedahl beat Cameroon down the right side of attack, rolled a cross over the top of the six yard box, creating an open-net opportunity for Nicklas Bendtner, tying the score.

The sides exchanged near-changes for Jon Dahl Tomasson (set-up again by Rommedahl) and Eto'o (hitting the post) before halftime, though the teams would stay drawn 1-1 into the second half.

In the 61ts minute, man of the match Rommedahl again beat Cameroon through the defense's left, this time keeping the shot for himself, able to beat midfielder Jean Makoun and get a shot off on his left foot, bending it into the far side netting.

Both teams had opportunities in the last third of the match.  Rommedahl again tried to set up Tomasson to no avail, and Cameroon's Echille Amana would have equalized in the 77th minute were it not for a fingertip save by Sorensen.

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World Cup 2010, Cameroon Vs. Denmark: Dominant Day For Dennis Rommedahl Continues With 61st Minute Goal

Dennis Rommedahl assisted on the first Denmark goal and set-up the chance that nearly gave the Danes the lead minutes before halftime, but in the 61st minute against Cameroon the attacker created a scoring opportunity for himself to put Denmark up 2-1.

Again breaking down the right side of attack, Rommedahl pushed the counter attack opportunity toward the goal but was not shown to the line by midfielder Jean Makoun. Rommedahl was allowed to cut-back onto his left foot and bend a ball just inside the far post from 14 yards out.

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World Cup 2010, Cameroon Vs. Denmark: Nicklas Bendtner Goal Pulls Denmark Even

Denmark has pulled back Samuel Eto’o with a 33rd minute goal from Nicklas Bendtner, putting the teams level at one approaching halftime.

The opportunity game when Dennis Rommedahl beat the Cameroon offside trap. The Danish attacker drew the goalkeeper and slid the ball across to Bendtner for an easy goal.

It was Bendtner’s 12th goal in 33 appearances for Denmark and the team’s first goal of the tournament.

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World Cup 2010, Cameroon Vs. Denmark: Samuel Eto'o, Lions Jump On Sloppy Danes, Take 10th Minute Lead

Denmark has gifted Cameroon a 10th minute goal in Saturday’s third match, giving Samuel Eto’o and the Indomitable Lions their first goal of their tournament and a 1-0 lead.

Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen played a ball to Christian Poulsen just outside the top of the penalty area despite Cameroon exerting high pressure with a number of players. Poulsen touched it to Denmark’s right flank, where the ball was intercepted.

One pass later, Samuel Eto’o was in possession in the middle of the box, beating Sorensen to the goalkeeper’s right for a 1-0 lead.

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