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Thursday, 24th June 2010
Japan's Honda Shines

Group E Match

Denmark Flag Japan Flag
Denmark vs Japan in Rustenburg.

Denmark needed to win this game, while a draw would have been enough for Japan.

Japan took the lead in the 17th minute as Keisuke Honda fired in a direct free-kick that left Thomas Sorensen with no chance.

Then on the half-hour, another free-kick to Japan; which Yasuhito Endo curled around the wall and out of Sorensen's reach again.

Japan continued to look for the third goal, Yuichi Komano forcing Sorensen to tip the ball over for a corner.

Half-time: 0:2

In the 48th minute, Yasuhito Endo almost scored from another free-kick as Sorensen could only flap the ball onto his post.

Ten minutes from the end, Denmark were awarded a penalty after Daniel Agger was pushed. Jon Dahl Tomasson saw his penalty saved but he just managed to follow up; pulling his thigh muscle in the process.

The icing on the cake was provided by Keisuke Honda for Shinji Okazaki.

Final Score:
Denmark 1 Japan 3

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Keisuke Honda (17 mins)
0:2 Yasuhito Endo (30 mins)
1:2 Jon Dahl Tomasson (81 mins)
1:3 Shinji Okazaki (88 mins)

Man of The Match:
Keisuke Honda - Great play in unselfishly providing Keisuke Honda with Japan's third goal; having already scored from a free-kick in the first-half.


Travel to Denmark Denmark:
1 Thomas Sorensen; 15 Simon Poulsen, 4 Daniel Agger, 13 Per Kroldrup, 6 Lars Jacobsen; 12 Thomas Kahlenberg, 10 Martin Jorgensen, 2 Christian Poulsen, 19 Dennis Rommedahl; 9 Jon Dahl Tomasson, 11 Nicklas Bendtner.

Travel to Japan Japan:
21 Eiji Kawashima; 5 Yuto Nagatomo, 4 Marcus Tulio Tanaka, 22 Yuji Nakazawa, 3 Yuichi Komano; 7 Yasuhito Endo, 2 Yuki Abe, 17 Makoto Hasebe; 18 Keisuke Honda, 16 Yoshito Okubo, 8 Daisuke Matsui.

Jerome Damon (South Africa)

Substitutions Substitutions:
34 Mins (Denmark) - 14 Jakob Poulsen on for 10 Martin Jorgensen
56 Mins (Denmark) - 18 S�ren Larsen on for 13 Per Kroldrup
63 Mins (Denmark) - 21 Christian Eriksen on for 12 Thomas Kahlenberg
74 Mins (Japan) - 9 Shinji Okazaki on for 8 Daisuke Matsui
88 Mins (Japan) - 15 Yasuyuki Konno on for 16 Yoshito Okubo
90 Mins (Japan) - 20 Junichi Inamoto on for 7 Yasuhito Endo

Yellow Cards 5 Yellow Cards:
12 Mins - Yasuhito Endo (Japan)
26 Mins - Yuto Nagatomo (Japan)
29 Mins - Per Kroldrup (Denmark)
48 Mins - Christian Poulsen (Denmark)
66 Mins - Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Cameroon vs Holland.

Previous Encounters:
Denmark beat Japan (3:2) in a 1971 Copenhagen friendly.

The Road to The Final

2010 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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Group E

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Group H

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