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No stopping Japanese and Robben's Orange

By Rafora Rangongo and Kgomotso Sethusha | Jun 25, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

HOLLAND and Japan last night reaffirmed their qualification to the next round of the 2010 Fifa World Cup with victories over Cameroon and Denmark, respectively.

The Dutch side pipped The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon 2-1 at Cape Town Stadium while Japan defeated Denmark 3-1 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg in their Group E matches.

Holland remains tops and Japan second, positions they occupied before the matches.

Cameroon return home pointless, while the Danes managed three points from three group matches.

Robin van Persie and Klaas Huntelaar struck for Holland.

After taking the defence on a merry-go-round substitutes Arjen Robben hit the cross bar and the ball landed at the feet of Huntelaar, who slotted home Netherlands' second goal seven minutes from time.

Netherlands created more scoring opportunities with Dirk Kuyt, Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart testing the Cameroon defence.

Cameroon also pushed forward and their pressure paid dividends when Jean Makoun was brought down and Van der Vaart was penalised for handling the ball which resulted in a penalty. Samuel Eto'o slotted home to make it one-all.

Meanwhile, Takeshi Okada had hoped to bury Denmark, but the Japan coach would have probably accepted his finest World Cup victory in Rustenburg.

As Denmark looked to stage a late comeback with a goal from Jon Dahl Tomasson, Japan kept cool heads, and later sealed off a fine win with a third goal from substitute Oshinji Ozakazi, at the death.

Tomasson had to scuff in the rebound after Eiji Kawashima had saved his initial spot-kick.

But the Blue Samurai were not fazed as they had already made hay with two superb first half goals.

Keisuke Honda drew first blood when he dipped in the opener from a free-kick, beating a diving Sorensen at the far post.

And as the Danes were coming to terms with their early setback, Yasuhito Endo followed up with a similar strike, curling his free-kick to the far left corner in the 30th minute, metres from the box.


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