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Japan 3, Denmark 1
Japan scored three goals for the first time in its World Cup history and advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time away from home soil.
• Keisuke Honda and Yasuhito Endo both scored from direct free kicks for Japan, equaling the total number of direct free-kick goals that have been scored in this World Cup. The Blue Samurai became the first team to score two direct free-kick goals in a match since Yugoslavia put three direct free kicks in against Zaire in 1974.
• Denmark entered the match atop the tournament in crossing accuracy (34.8 percent), which led to multiple goals against Cameroon in its previous game. The story was not the same today. Denmark completed 3 of 22 crosses against Japan, a poor 13.6 percent accuracy.
• Jon Dahl Tomasson became the first Danish player to not convert a penalty kick, having his effort saved by Eiji Kawashima. Danish players had been 4-for-4 on spot kicks. Japan had saved the only other penalty it had faced when Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi saved Croatian Dario Srna's effort in 2006.