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24/06/2010

Netherlands beat Cameroon 2-1 in final group game

The Netherlands continued their domination of Group E at the 2010 World Cup with a 2-1 win over Cameroon at Green Point Stadium in Capetown.

The Netherlands topped the final standings with three straight wins. Japan finished second after beating Denmark 3-1 for their second win of the tournament. Denmark finished third on three points and Cameroon bottom with none.
Robin van Persie put the Dutch ahead with a low drive in the 36th minute.
Van Persie had an earlier chance to put the Netherlands ahead when he was set free in the 19th minute, but his right-foot shot was too close to goalkeeper Hamidou Souleymanou and the keeper was able to make a decent stop.
Souleymanou had to be alert again in the 26th minute when Rafael van der Vaart struck a good free-kick.
Seven minutes later, Dirk Kuyt came close for the Dutch with a low drive.
In the second half, Cameroon were able to play more of the football that they are famous for, although the first chance of the half fell to Van Persie who forced Souleymanou into another save.
However, a handball by Van der Vaart in the 63rd minute from a free-kick by Geremi handed Cameroon a penalty, which Samuel Eto'o thumped down the middle to level the scores at 1-1.
Six minutes from time, the Dutch retook the lead. Sneijder set Arjen Robben free and his excellent left-foot shot hit the post, rebounding to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar who steered the ball into an empty net, clinching the win for the Netherlands.