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Monday, June 14, 2010

Japan 1-0 Cameroon


Japan: 21-Eiji Kawashima; 2-Yuki Abe, 22-Yuji Nakazawa, 4-Tulio, 3-Yuichi Komano; 5-Yuto Nagatomo, 16-Yoshito Okubo, 7-Yasuhito Endo, 17-Makoto Hasebe, 8-Daisuke Matsui, 18-Keisuke Honda.

Cameroon: 16-Hamidou Souleymanou; 19-Stephane Mbia, 5-Sebastien Bassong, 3-Nicolas Nkoulou, 2-Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 11-Jean Makoun, 18-Enoh Eyong, 15-Achille Webo, 21-Joel Matip, 9-Samuel Eto'o, 13-Eric Choupo-Moting.


It is an Interesting match opposing Japan and Cameroon. Just look at history from both nations as we stated in the report on our show. Japan has never lost against Cameroon nor has Cameroon scored against Japan. The Tsubasas never won a match outside Japan in terms of World Cup and Cameroon has never lost their opening match. Looking good...

We are in the 38th minute and finally the first chance of the match. And with the chance came the goal. Honda scores 3 metres away from the goal capitalizing from a perfect swerve cross.

Cameroon not having an effective playmaker and the fact they have been unable to feed Eto’o explains essentially why they are behind. Not that Japan has done enough to score, but then again none of the nations have. Still 1-0.

48 minutes into the match and finally Eto’o makes his presence felt after dribbling between two players and assisting Choupo-Moting that tried a curling shot just to see it going wide.

85 minutes and now Cameroon is on top of the game trying the long ball and long shot. The most dangerous chance for Les Lions Indomables came through Mbia on a long range effort that hit the bar.


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