Holland advances, Cameroon eliminated, Anelka sent home
Yesterday got off to a controversial start when the French team announced that Nicolas Anelka was sent home after the French star apparently telling French Coach Raymond Domenech where to go.
The early morning game between The Netherlands and Japan was a bit closer than much expected. The Dutch dominated with a strong hold of possesion but lacked much scoring chances until the 53rd minute when Wesley Sneijder hit a shot with wicked spin on it that fooled Japanese Goalie Eiji Kawashima, much criticism may fall to Kawashima but the spin or lack there of made the shot almost unstoppable.
The Japanese didn't create much chances but had a good one late when Shinji Okazaki was put in and missed the top of the net by inches. In the end the better team won but Holland were a bit lucky to escape with 3 points because of their lack of finishing.
Man of the Match: Wesley Sneijder
The second game was a very entertaining affair between Australia and Ghana. The Aussies got off to a good start in the 11th minute when a free kick was poorly dealt with by Ghana Goalie Richard Kingson. Australian Forward Brett Holman was more than happy to put home the rebound.
But in the 25th minute, Harry Kewell was sent off when a Ghanayan shot was going in, until Kewell unintentionally handled the ball on the goal line. Asamoah Gyan stepped up to the penalty spot and for the second straight game converted a penalty and celebrated in stlye.
Ghana looked very likely to win early in the second half, but had trouble converting any of their chances. The Aussies had one good chance late but a huge save from Richard Kingson bailed out Ghana.
The game ended in a draw and means that to advance, the Aussies will need to win convincingly over Serbia. While Ghana only needs a draw against Germany to ensure advancement.
Man of the Match: Asamoah Gyan
The final game was no doubt the most entertaining game between Denmark and Cameroon. Due to Holland's win earlier in the day Cameroon needed at least a draw to stay in the competition.
The Lions got off to a dream start when Cameroon capitilized on a Danish turnover in their own end, and Samuel Eto'o finished the chance beautifully. This goal gave Cameroon a bit of confidence and they almost made it 2-0 when Eto'o hit the post moments later.
But in the 33rd minute Nicklas Bendtner finished a great passing play by the Danes and tied the game. Although the first half was entertaining it has to be said that the defense on both sides were shaky at best. Compared to the first half the second half was a snoozer.
When Cameroon got their chances they were very wasteful in front of net. Disaster struck for Cameroon in the 61st minute when winger Dennis Rommedahl cut into the 18 and calmly slotted the ball into the net. Thus ending Cameroon's chances at advancing.