BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 14: Keisuke Honda of Japan celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team mates 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)

Japan Into Knockout Round After 3-1 Win Over Denmark

Whereas the rest of the World Cup's third round group matches have entailed a bit of scoreboard-watching for each team, Japan and Denmark can concentrate on their match, with Denmark needing a win to take Japan's place in the knockout round.

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World Cup 2010, Japan Vs. Denmark: Japan's 3-1 Win Puts Blue Samurai Into Knockout Stage, Sends Denmark Out

Japan got first half, direct kick goals from Keisuke Honda and Yasuhito Endo to stake the Blue Samurai to a lead they would never relinquish. Jon Dahl Tomasson scored late for Denmark, who feel back behind by two when Shinji Okazaki scored in the 87th minute, giving Japan a 3-1 victory.

With the win, Japan finished Group E’s play on six points, earning second place behind the perfect Dutch. They will advance to the knockout stage while Denmark, on three points, is eliminated.

It is the second time Japan has qualified for the knockout stage, the first being in 2002, when the Japanese hosted the tournament. The three goals scored today marked the first time the Blue Samurai has scored that many goals in a World Cup match.

For Denmark, who had qualified for the World Cup on three prior occasions, it is the first time they have failed to make the knockout stage in a finals.

Japan now plays Group F winner Paraguay in the tournament’s Round of 16.


World Cup 2010, Japan Vs. Denmark: Shinji Okazaki Stakes Japan To 3-1 Lead

Japan regained their two goal lead over Denmark when substitute Shinji Okazaki scored in the 87th minute, converting an easy finish after Keisuke Honda had drawn out Thomas Sorensen.

The Danish goalkeeper came off his line to mean Honda, who had been put in behind the right side of the Danish defense. Honda cut the ball across goal with his left foot for an easy Okazaki tap-in.

Japan will finish second in Group E with six points and play Paraguay in the knockout stage.


World Cup 2010, Japan Vs. Denmark: Jon Dahl Tomasson Scores Off Saved Penalty Kick

A soft penalty kick given by referee Jerome Damon when Makoto Hasebe collided with Daniel Agger set-up a Jon Dahl Tomasson goal, bringing Denmark to within one goal of Japan, 2-1.

Tomasson’s ensuing penalty kick was saved by Eiji Kawashima, who could not get to his feet in time to save Tomasson’s follow-up.

Denmark still needs two goals to advance over Japan, who wins the Group E tiebreaker with the Danes, should both teams finish on four points.


World Cup 2010, Japan Vs. Denmark: Keisuke Honda, Yasuhito Endo Kicks Put Japan Up 2-0 At Halftime

Japan has jumped out to a surprising 2-0 lead over Denmark after 45 minutes, putting them one half from their second knockout stage appearance.

Japan’s match with Denmark was expected to be a close affair, but direct kick goals from Keisuke Honda and Yasuhito Endo have given the Blue Samurai a commanding 2-0 lead at halftime.

Keisuke Honda opened scoring in the 17th minute with a left-footed ball into the side netting from 26-yards out, the goal aided by goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen’s misread of the kick.

Yasuhito Endo added Japan’s second goal in the 30th minute with a direct kick into Sorensen’s lower left-hand corner from 22 yards out.

Japan needs only a draw to go through to the knockout stage, carrying a goal difference advantage over Denmark into today’s match.


World Cup 2010, Japan Vs. Denmark: Yasuhito Endo Direct Kick Puts Japan Up Two

Japan’s second direct kick goal of the first half hour has the Blue Samurai up 2-0 and a step closer to the knockout stage.

It was another direct kick, this time from midfielder Yasuhito Endo, was taken from just above the arc, dipping beyond the wall to beat goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, making it 2-0.

Denmark now needs three goals to advance past Japan into the knockout stage.


World Cup 2010, Japan Vs. Denmark: Keisuke Honda Direct Kick Give Japan Early Lead

Keisuke Honda, who was not even a regular for Takeshi Okada’s team two years ago, has scored his second goal of the tournament to give Japan an early 1-0 lead over Denmark.

Honda’s 26-yard left footed blast hit the side netting to Thomas Sorensen’s right, giving Japan one foot in the knockout stage.

Japan needs a draw in today’s match to go into their second ever knockout stage. Denmark needs a victory to advance with the Netherlands out of Group E.

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