JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 14: Eljero Elia of the Netherlands (number 17) celebrates with team mates after his shot hit the post and Dirk Kuyt scores from the rebound during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Group E match between Netherlands and Denmark at Soccer City Stadium on June 14, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Netherlands Goes Into Knockout Stage Perfect, Beats Cameroon 2-1

Cameroon is out. The Netherlands are all but assured of first place in Group E. While the match is unlikely to have an effect on the tournament, Thursday's Cameroon-Netherlands game will have us a glimpse at a number of new talents.

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World Cup 2010, Netherlands Vs. Cameroon: Dutch Perfect Into Knockout Stage

The Netherlands made it three wins in three knockout stage matches, defeating Cameroon 2-1 on a late Klass-Jan Huntelaar goal. The Dutch win Group E, finishing on nine points, and will meet Slovakia in the next round.

The Netherlands opened scoring in the first half with a Robin van Persie goal, finished from eight yards out under an onrushing Souleymane Hamidou. Cameroon equalized in the second half when Samuel Eto’o converted a penalty kick awarded after a Rafael van der Vaart hand ball. Holland won the match on Huntelaar’s goal, putting home the rebound of a Arjen Robben shot.

The Netherlands become the second team to finish group play with a perfect record, joining Group B-winner Argentina. Cameroon is the first team to complete group play without having earned a point.

The Dutch move on to the knockout stage, where they will play Group F runners-up Slovakia.

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World Cup 2010, Netherlands Vs. Cameroon: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Restores Dutch Lead

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar reaped the benefits of Arjen Robben’s return, converting a rebound of the Dutch winger’s shot, putting the Netherlands up 2-1.

Robben turned on a ball he had tracked down behind the Cameroon defense and unleashed a left-footed shot against Souleymane Hamidou’s post. The ball bounced off the woodwork to Huntelaar, who put the ball home for Holland’s second goal.

The Netherlands’ 2-1 win would send them through Group E in first place with nine points, only the second team (Argentina) to finish group play perfect.

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World Cup 2010, Netherlands Vs. Cameroon: Samuel Eto'o Converts Penalty Kick, Equalizes For Cameroon

Samuel Eto’o has converted a penalty kick, beating Maarten Stekelenberg in the 65th minute, to pull Cameroon even with the Netherlands, 1-1.

Cameroon was awarded the penalty after Geremi’s direct kick on goal hit Rafeal van der Vaart’s elevated hand while the Dutch attacker was part of a wall planted in the penalty area.

Eto’o’s kick went into the left side of goal, hit hard enough to evade Stekelenberg, who had guessed the correct side.

The Netherlands clinch Group E’s first place with any points from Cameroon.

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World Cup 2010, Netherlands Vs. Cameroon: Robin Van Persie Puts Dutch Up 1-0

It took 37 minutes, but the Netherlands finally broke through Cameroon, the first time they’ve scored in the first half in this year’s World Cup.

Rafael van der Vaart ball through the left side of Cameroon’s defense put Robin van Persie in on Souleymanou Hamidou, the Arsenal striker sliding a right-footed shot under the Cameroon `keeper, giving Holland a 1-0 lead.

With a draw, the Netherlands clinch first place in Group E.

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