Cameroon vs. Denmark: 2-1 loss eliminates Cameroon from the World Cup
Cameroon was expected to be Africa’s best performer at the continent’s first World Cup. But its 2-1 loss to Denmark makes it the first team to crash out of the World Cup.
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
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The Indomitable Lions paid the price for poor finishing that failed to match their inventive approach play. Denmark punished them with two well-taken goals from Nicklas Bendtner and Dennis Rommendahl. But both teams could have scored more, thanks in part to some slapstick defending.
Le Guen made three changes, including the return of Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, who had been mysteriously dropped against Japan. The most important switch, though, was positional. Eto’o, who had been played on the right side of midfield, was restored to his natural position up front.
The changes in personnel seemed to do the trick.
Cameroon started the brighter of the two teams, snapping into tackles and passing with precision. They took the lead after 10 minutes after a horrendous mistake by Christian Poulsen. His casual pass, under no pressure whatsoever, gifted Cameroon possession on the edge of the Danish area. Pierre Webo slipped it square to Eto’o who drilled it low past Sorensen. Eto’o’s screaming, fist-pumping celebration showed just how much it meant to him.
Two minutes later Achille Emana almost made it two, his low shot from distance flying a foot wide of Sorensen’s far post.
Cameroon looked the better side, but all too often the final ball was poor.