Full-time

Denmark

1 - 3

Japan

Group E

18:30 +00:00, June 24, 2010

Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa

Referee: Jerome Damon (RSA)

  • 95'

    Right, that'll do us for tonight. Tomorrow we have the final round of group games, and plenty of action to look forward to, so check out our previews of the Group G games between Portugal and Brazil as well as Ivory Coast and North Korea.

  • 95'

    Denmark looked out of ideas and for many of their team, this will certainly be their last World Cup. When the moment came they just couldn't break down a much busier, more hungry team.

  • 95'

    Fantastic night for Japan. They were excellent and I did them a disservice saying they were negative. They are compact when the other team have possession but they move so quickly when they have the ball, the man in possession always has options. They made Denmark look like a tired, past it unit and will certainly cause Paraguay problems if they play like that in the next stage.

  • 95'

    FULL TIME Honda could have crowned his night after cutting inside and firing a shot over the bar. And that is the end of the game! Japan have qualified for the last 16 for the first time on foreign soil.

  • 94'

    Japan win a free-kick near the corner flag as time runs out on Denmark's competition. They are getting very frustrated.

  • 93'

    Holland have beaten Cameroon 2-1 in Cape Town, and they will play Slovakia in the next round.

  • 92'

    Agger nearly pulls a goal back for Denmark but Abe gets himself in the way of the shot.

  • 91'

    Four minutes added...

  • 90'

    Endo off and Inamoto on.

  • 90'

    The crowning glory that Japan netted one from open play too, because they have passed crisply, moved intelligently and finished clinically.

  • 89'

    ESPN Stats & Info: This will be Japan?s first win in a World Cup match in which they have allowed a goal (currently 0-7-1).

  • 88'

    What a flick from Honda to get himself into the area and then such unselfish play to tee up Okazaki too. Brilliant.

  • 87'

    GOAL Brilliant from Honda, who weaves his way into the area, then squares to Okazaki, to kill off Denmark once and for all.

  • 86'

    Japan will play Paraguay in the last 16 and that should be atricky game for the South Americans. I like this team.

  • 85'

    Tomasson is limping unhappily around the field having pulled a thigh muscle but Denmark have made all their subs so he'll have to stay on.

  • 84'

    SPN Stats & Info: That was the first penalty miss by Denmark in their World Cup history (they have scored previous four).

  • 83'

    A sliver of hope for Denmark. If they can get one in the next three minutes or so, they may even pull it off.

  • 82'

    That was nearly very embarrassing for Tomasson. His penalty was poor, then as he went to tap the ball in the net from two yards out, he shanked it and very nearly missed! And he's pulled a thigh muscle by the looks now. Hapless stuff.

  • 81'

    GOAL Tomasson scores but only from the rebound after Kawashima saved!

  • 80'

    PENALTY TO DENMARK Hasebe shoved Agger and Denmark can at least get on the board.

  • 79'

    Agger is playing up front for Denmark now as Soren Larsen hits the bar! what an effort that was. He chested it down then lashed it onto the bar.

  • 78'

    Japan's fans look freezing in the stands, but they are still smiling.

  • 77'

    Another super move from Japan as Okazaki flicks into the arms of Sorensen from Hasebe's cross.

  • 76'

    The referee gives another non-existent foul as bodies battle for the ball in Japan's box. They have been far too fussy in this tournament for me.

  • 75'


    Japanese fans celebrate in Tokyo. Again!

  • 74'

    The sub tries to get straight in on the action but Agger is in his way.

  • 73'

    Matsui goes off and Okazaki comes on. Matsui was class tonight.

  • 72'

    Another rotten pass from Bendtner. Copenhagen will not be happy with him this evening.

  • 71'

    The game is petering out now as Denmark realise the game is up.

  • 70'

    That might have given Denmark a little hope but Tomasson has fluffed his lines in massive style.

  • 69'

    Jacobsen floats another ball in but Tanaka is equal to it, then as Denmark finally make some room down the right Tomasson misses his kick from Rommedahl's cut back. Pathetic.

  • 68'

    Bendtner is now giving possession away for fun. He's been rotten tonight.

  • 67'

    Eriksen nearly makes a name for himself with a fierce strike from range but it was always rising and just clears the bar.

  • 66'

    This is getting desperate now for Denmark. They need three goals and have barely had one chance in the half.

  • 65'

    Bendtner jumps to win a header, is penalised and then carded. Harsh.

  • 64'

    Denmark are going long now but Japan are equal to it. Then Larsen gives away a free-kick in the box.

  • 63'

    The youngster Eriksen is coming on for Kahlenberg.

  • 62'

    Rommendahl sends in a decent ball but Abe is there to clear.

  • 61'


    Nicklas Bendtner has struggled to assert himself on the game thus far.

  • 60'

    Agger goes for goal from a free-kick and connects well but Kawashima has his angles right, unlike his counterpart Sorensen.

  • 59'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Including the two today, Denmark have allowed seven goals from outside the box in the last four World Cup competitions, three more than any other nation.

  • 58'

    Jakob Poulsen unleashes a vicious effort from 25 yards but Kawashima is equal to it. There are more goals on the way here, you mark my words.

  • 57'

    A lovely move from Japan only ends when the flag goes up. Denmark are all over the shop here, and Japan are exposing the gaps.

  • 56'

    Denmark change: Koldrup, a defender, is off and a striker, Larsen, is on.

  • 55'

    Agger brings down Honda on the right and is lucky not to receive a card for that one.

  • 53'

    What a superb run from Nagatomo. He travels 40 yards with it and predictably, has a pop at the end of it but gets it all wrong.

  • 52'

    Now Tomasson goes close as the ball falls loose in the six yard box. The 'keeper Kawashima comes out and is brave, as Hasebe helps to prevent a goal. Corner.

  • 51'

    A real chance for Denmark as Tomasson, Bendtner and Kahlenberg all miss a decent cross into the area from Jacobsen.

  • 50'

    Bendtner's free-kick is pathetic. Into the wall, about knee high. Japan would have made more of that I'll bet.

  • 49'

    Sorensen is having a total nightmare here. He watches Endo's free-kick all the way, then fumbles it onto the post before Honda fires over. What has happened to him? His confidence is shot.

  • 48'

    Christian Poulsen is carded for a forearm in the face of Honda.

  • 48'


    Thomas Sorensen was left with no chance from Keisuke Honda's free-kick.

  • 47'

    An early chance for Japan as Matsui releases Honda; the goalscorer tries to return the favour but his cross is too strong.

  • 46'

    KICK OFF

  • 45'


    Yasuhito Endo curls home Japan's second goal.

  • 45'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Denmark have never scored a goal in the World Cup while trailing by two or more goals.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME Japan may not have had the lion's share of possession but they have been clinical near the final third and lead 2-0. Denmark need three goals to salvage their World Cup dream.

  • 45'

    Two minutes added before Denmark have the rocket of their life fired at them by coach Morten Olsen.

  • 44'

    Japan break and the right back Komano gets into the box and forces Sorensen to tip over the bar.

  • 43'

    A neatly worked free-kick from Denmark gives Jakob Poulsen a chance to shoot but Kawashima is right behind it.

  • 42'

    Japan carve Denmark open again and if Okubo had connected with his flying scissor kick that could have been one of the goals of the tournament.

  • 41'

    ESPN Stats & Info: The last time a team scored two goals directly from free kicks in one World Cup match was Yugoslavia against Zaire in 1974.

  • 40'

    Japan get another free-kick wihtin Honda's range. He and Endo stand over it. It's not far off where the first came from.

  • 39'

    Simon Poulsen gets past his man but blazes his cross over the bar. It was so bad, maybe it was a shot.

  • 38'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Japan now have two of the four goals scored directly from free kicks in this World Cup.

  • 37'

    A good battle between Matsui and Poulsen ends with a Danish throw in.

  • 36'


    Keisuke Honda celebrates his opener for Japan.

  • 35'

    Denmark have had decent possession but they've done nowt with it, it has to be said. They've been undone by two quality dead ball strikes.

  • 34'

    Jakob Poulsen comes on and Jorgensen comes off. We now have three Poulsen's on the pitch. I'm guessing that surname is like Smith in England.

  • 33'

    ESPN Stats & Info: That is the first time Japan have scored twice in the first half of a World Cup match.

  • 32'

    JOrgensen then Agger have a go from distance but blue shirts dive into the way. Denamrk are going to make a change. They are in big trouble.

  • 31'


    Daisuke Matsui battles for the ball with Dennis Rommedahl.

  • 30'

    GOAL Endo scores this time! Japan on fire! Sorensen was expecting a Honda thunderbolt so Endo takes him by surprise by curling a cute on into the corner. Superb stuff.

  • 29'

    Honda stands over the free-kick. Sorensen beware....

  • 28'

    Koldrup is booked for felling Okubo.

  • 27'

    This is going to be a huge task for Denmark now. Japan are so tight as a unit, and now unadventurous, that it is going to be very tough to break them down once, let alone twice.

  • 26'

    Nagatomo now gets a card for time wasting at a throw in. This ref is crackers.

  • 25'

    Decent long ball from Agger but poor control from Rommedahl. Just like his Charlton days.

  • 24'


    Japan goalscorer Keisuke Honda in action.

  • 23'

    ESPN Stats & Info: The only time Denmark have ever come from behind to win a match at the World Cup was their last match against Cameroon.

  • 22'

    Jacobsen clips a ball into the area and Tomasson has sprung the offside trap, but he can't connect as Kawashima comes out. Corner.

  • 21'

    Jacobsen wins a corner for Denmark, as they seek an instant riposte.

  • 20'

    ESPN Stats & Info: That was the fastest goal ever scored by Japan in a World Cup match (previous mark was 26th minute against Australia in 2006).

  • 19'

    No wonder Honda is Japan's biggest footy star. His name is a headline writer's dream too. Driving force anyone? Engine room? Sorry.

  • 18'

    Well, that is a dream start for Japan. Honda's effort straightened in the air and crucially, Sorensen's first movement was in the wrong direction. By the time he corrected himself it was too late. Denmark need two now.

  • 17'

    GOAL Honda scores! My word, he's smashed a free-kick into the bottom corner from miles out! The ball swerved viciously but Sorensen shouldn't be beaten from there.

  • 15'

    Tomasson breaks into the right channel and loses his man. As Bendtner lurks in the middle he ambitiously goes for goal and is only a whisker away from scoring. The game has burst to life.

  • 14'

    Now Hasebe latches onto a lovely ball from Matsui and fires just past the angle of post and bar. More like it from Japan.

  • 13'

    Sorensen is in all sorts of trouble as Okubo swings in a cross. The 'keeper was in a mess but managed to clear it with his legs as Matsui lurked.

  • 12'

    Endo gets the earliest card in history for time wasting. That's either a job well done by the ref, or the harshest thing I've ever seen.

  • 12'

    ESPN Stats & Info: The only previous encounter between these two sides was a 3-2 win for Denmark in 1971.

  • 11'

    A couple of chances to get balls in the box for Denmark but Tomasson fails. Poulsen wanted a free-kick as Abe clipped him on the edge of the box but the ref wasn't buying.

  • 10'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Denmark have won 10 of their 14 meetings all-time with Asian sides, drawing three times and losing just once.

  • 9'

    Denmark stroke it around patiently as Japan sit compactly in the middle of the field. Attack, attack, attack their coach said. I wasn't buying it from the off.

  • 8'

    When the corner comes in Koldrup manages to get a leg on it but the ball flies wide. It was a tough chance.

  • 7'

    Poulsen does well to get a cross in, that loops up after a deflection and Tomasson tries an ungainly flick when he could have headed it. Corner.

  • 6'

    Rommedahl is another Premier League blast from the past, and he is still swift when he gets going. Two blue shirts converge on him quickly as he gets the ball.

  • 5'

    I can't believe Jon Dahl Tomasson is still playing. I was watching him squander simple chances at Newcastle over a decade ago.

  • 4'

    Bendtner has just been handed a red pen to colour in the white tape at the bottom of his socks. Bizarre.

  • 4'

    Neat interchnage between Tomasson and Poulsen but the left-back fires his shot well over the bar.

  • 3'

    Agger nods the free-kick clear then Okubo bumps into Bendtner as Denmark came away. Our rather scary looking ref has a stern word, when he really didn't need to.

  • 2'

    Early free-kick for Japan on the right flank.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF

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    The teams are out and the anthems are being belted out, except the Japanese one, which is a rather sombre affair.

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    Denmark make two changes from their thrilling win over Cameroon. Simon Kjaer is suspended, so Per Kolkdrup comes in for him, while Jesper Gronkjaer is replaced by Thomas Kahlenberg. the Danes have to win to go through.

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    Japan are unchanged from the team that lost 1-0 to Holland. Their coach, Takeshi Okada, has promised they will attack, but we've heard that one before. Surely, they can't sit for a draw though..

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    Good evening all and welcome to live coverage of Japan v Denmark from Group E. Forget the permuations for once, this one is simple: winner takes all. Except if there is a draw, in which case Japan are the winners. Clear as mud? Good.

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    Join us at 1830 GMT to see if Denmark can get the win they need to seal their progress.

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