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Monday, 14th June 2010
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Group E Match

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Japan vs Cameroon in Bloemfontein.

Samuel Eto'o chose not to throw in the towel and had the chance to make Roger Milla eat his words.

The first half-hour was rather disappointing, as neither team did anything more than retreat after being caught offside.

Japan might have been happy with a point here, but Cameroon really should have been doing something about trying to win the match.

Then in a goalmouth confusion, six minutes before half-time, Keisuke Honda was left standing alone when the ball came over from the right; courtesy of Daisuke Matsui. The CSKA Moscow player stayed cool under pressure, to relieve us all of our boredom.

Half-time: 1:0

The first corner of the match came at the start of the second-half. That says everything about the first.

Samuel Eto'o looked more like he wanted win (for a second, or two), as he shook off three Japanese players on his way into the penalty area early in the second-half.

Cameroon made a double substitution, with 15 minutes left, but Eto'o was still left on the right instead of playing through the middle; while Japan started to show the more desire to hold on to their win.

With five minutes left to play, Cameroon's St�phane M'Bia cracked a shot against the corner of the crossbar. Then at the other end, Keisuke Honda almost forced Souleymanou into a mistake.

Although Samuel Eto'o tried something of a back-heeled, scissor-kick, Roger Milla may be proved right; if the Cameroon can't win their next two games. And against Holland and Denmark - on this showing - that's not going to be easy.

Final Score:
Japan 1 Cameroon 0

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Keisuke Honda (39 mins)

Man of The Match:
Keisuke Honda -  The engine behind the Japanese victory.


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; 16 Yoshito Okubo, 8 Daisuke Matsui, 18 Keisuke Honda.

Travel to Cameroon Cameroon:
16 Souleymanou Hamidou; 2 Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 5 Sebastien Bassong, 3 Nicolas N'Koulou, 21 Joel Matip; 18 Eyong Enoh, 19 St�phane M'Bia, 11 Jean Makoun; 15 Pierre Webo, 13 Maxim Choupo-Moting, 9 Samuel Eto'o.

Olegario Benquerenca (Portugal)

Substitutions Substitutions:
63 Mins (Cameroon) - 10 Achille Emana on for 21 Joel Matip
69 Mins (Japan) - 9 Shinji Okazaki on for 8 Daisuke Matsui
75 Mins (Cameroon) - 8 Geremi Njitap on for 11 Jean Makoun
75 Mins (Cameroon) - 7 Mohamadou Idrissou on for 13 Maxim Choupo-Moting
81 Mins (Japan) - 12 Kisho Yano on for 16 Yoshito Okubo
88 Mins (Japan) - 20 Junichi Inamoto on for 17 Makoto Hasebe

Yellow Cards 2 Yellow Cards:
72 Mins - Nicolas N'Koulou (Cameroon)
91 Mins - Yuki Abe (Japan)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
Since Japan beat Cameroon (2:0) in Niigata, during the 2001 Confederations Cup, the teams have played two more friendly matches in Oita; with Japan winning (2:0) in 2007 and neither team managing to score in 2003.

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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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