Day 9 Recap

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Netherlands 1 – Japan 0

Japan, following their 1-0 win over Cameroon, put in another fine defensive performance, but their finishing lacked the bite necessary to pick up any points. The favored Dutch weren’t much better in the final third, excepting Wesley Sneijder’s 53rd minute strike. His curving shot fooled Japanese keeper Eijie Kawashima, allowed Netherlands to grab all 3 points, and pushed them into the knockout round.

Japan’s earlier victory does allow them to control their own fate, as a win or a tie against Denmark would see them through.

Australia 1 – Ghana 1

The United States isn’t the only country to have been hurt by questionable officiating. Australia has now had two star players sent off – Tim Cahill in the first match and Harry Kewell today. Kewell’s offense certainly deserved a penalty (he handled the ball in the goal mouth), but a red may have been harsh: he did not have time to react to the high-powered shot that deflected off his arm.

The penalty (converted by Assamoah Gyan) leveled the score. The Aussies had gone ahead when Brett Holman took advantage of another goalkeeping slip-up. His tally marked the first time Australia had ever scored the first goal during a World Cup match.

Even though Australia have yet to pick up a win, they could still advance if they beat Serbia and Ghana beats Germany. Any other scenario pretty much leaves them out. Their -4 goal difference will be too much to overcome.

Ghana only need a tie to move on.

Cameroon 1 – Denmark 2

The tournament’s most free-flowing match certainly delighted viewers, but Cameroon’s second loss ended their chances of making the final sixteen. Samuel Eto’o and the Indomitable Lions did not go out with a whimper, however. They generated 23 shots (though only 7 on goal) and could have won by three or four goals. Unfortunately, skipper Eto’ was the only player capable of finding the net.

Denmark had two less shots on goal (and ten less overall), but flawless finishes from Nicklas Bendtner and Dennis Rammedahl were enough to secure a vital three points. The Danes’ victory leaves them even with Japan on points but behind on goal difference. To advance they need another win.

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  1. robinoz0 says:

    those Aussies still played fantastically despite their handicap. on several occasions i actually thought they might pull off a win late in the game, which would have been fantastic.

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