Group E is impressively uncomplicated. The Netherlands are one of three teams to have won both their opening matches. The other two being Argentina and Brazil. So Group E has only one qualification spot available.
Today’s Group E Matches: Denmark-Japan, Cameroon-Netherlands
World Cup 2010 Group E Standings
How Your Team Can Qualify
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The Netherlands are always a fun team to have at a tournament with fantastic fans who brighten up the stands. You can’t help but feel cheerful when you are surrounded by Oranje! Netherland’s first game was against Denmark and the Dutch got somewhat lucky with the 2-0 since Denmark were the better team that day. Their next match was against Japan which Netherlands won by a narrow 1-0. The Dutch have gotten to this very strong position in their group without playing extremely well. Their form has been improving with each game and they look like a team that will probably peak at just the right time. They just might shift gears against Cameroon today.
Netherlands have already qualified for the next round. A draw or win sees them go through to the next round as Group E winners. However, if they lose to Cameroon today, then they need either the match between Denmark and Japan to end in a draw or a result that leaves them ahead of the winner of Denmark-Japan match on goal difference.
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Japan played their World Cup opener against Cameroon and beat the African side by a narrow 1-0. They then lost 1-0 to Netherlands in their next match. Japan have 3 points and sit in second position, ahead of Denmark on goal difference in Group E. They play Denmark today and realistically, this is the match which will decide who takes up that one available qualification spot from Group E.
To go through as winners of Group E, Japan need 1) to win their game against Denmark 2) Cameroon to beat Netherlands in a way that leaves leaves Japan above Netherlands on goal difference.
To qualify Japan need just a draw against Denmark today.
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Denmark are level on points with Japan but lose out on goal difference. They played their World Cup opening match against Netherlands and suffered a harsh 2-0 loss. Denmark play an open game and have been very entertaining to watch. They played their next game against Cameroon (who also play a very open game) and won 2-1. They take on Japan today in what is the first such match in the 2010 world cup where realistically, the result of this game alone will decide which team from among the two will go through to the next round.
To win their group, Denmark need to beat Japan and hope that Cameroon beat Netherlands by a scoreline that leaves Denmark ahead of Netherlands on goal difference.
If Denmark win against Japan today, it guarantees them a spot in the last 16.
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Cameroon have lost both their matches. They lost 1-0 to Japan in their first match and then lost 2-1 to Denmark making it impossible for them to qualify for the next round. They play current group leaders Netherlands today and will want to leave their fans with something spectacular to remember as they bow out of the competition.