Japan 3, Denmark 1. Netherlands 2, Cameroon 1.
The Japanese victory over Cameroon came to me as a fluke. After watching them play the Dutch and dispatching the Danes, they mean business. They played typical Asian style; good technique, speed in attack, tenacious pressing and scoring goals.
Japan ran and ran. They stayed compact and supported the man on the ball and giving nothing away. They found the opener through Honda after 17 minutes and went further ahead with Endo’s goal 13 minutes later.
The Danes tried to get a goal back in the 2nd half but the stingy Blue Samurais were not negotiating. They however converted a penalty with 10 minutes to go, after which Okazaki hammered the final nail in the Danish coffin in the dying minutes.
Robin Van Persie scored a 36th minute goal and Huntelaar tapped in another to squeeze the little wind left in Cameroon completely out. The Dutch did not give the Indomitable Lions any respect, slapping the giant cats like teddy bears.
Cameroon failed to save face, going home without a point. Samuel Eto’o scored a penalty, but Cameroon failed to produce the display they gave in their loss to Denmark.