The FIFA World Cup 2010 continued Saturday, June 19 in South Africa. Matches featured Netherlands vs Japan, Denmark vs Cameroon and Ghana vs Australia.
Netherlands beat Japan 1-0.
Wesley Sneijder made the one goal for the Netherlands.
“We pressed in the second half and got a goal,” Sneijder said. “This is the kind of game [when] we maybe could have got two or three goals, but we won it and that’s great.”
Ghana and Australia tied, 1-1.
Asamoah Gyan scored the one goal for Ghana. Brett Holman scored the single goal for Australia.
“Instead of two defenders we had to use two young players,” Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac said. “We got off to a bad start, conceding a goal. After that, we started to fight.
“We shouldn’t have given that goal away. It’s very difficult to attack a team with a good defense.”
Denmark won, beating Cameroon 2-1.
Samuel Eto’o scored the one goal for Cameroon. Nicklas Bendtner and Dennis Rommedahl scored the two goals for Denmark.
Despite winning, Denmark was not pleased with its performance.
“When we finished the game we knew it was a really bad game,” Daniel Agger said. “Especially the first half, we gave too many opportunities away. We didn’t play like a team. We didn’t play like we have to play if we want to progress in this competition. Clearly it wasn’t good enough, but if you can win on days like that, it’s positive.”
Sunday, June 20 matches will include: Slovakia vs Paraguay, Italy vs New Zealand and Brazil vs Côte d’Ivoire.