Three thoughts after Denmark defeated Cameroon 2-1 in Group E:
1. It was the most open game of the World Cup. Call it poor defending if you like, and there were plenty of back line blunders, but it was refreshing to see two teams go after goals for 90 minutes. It was arguably the most entertaining game of the World Cup thus far, and Cameron deserved at least a point, if not three. Much will be made of the fact that Cameron, an African nation, is the first country eliminated from the first World Cup on the African continent, but Cameroon shouldn't be criticized. They went out with class.
2. Dennis Rommedahl is ageless. The 31-year-old midfielder assisted on Denmark's first goal, getting behind the defense and slotting a pass to Nicklas Bendtner in the 33rd minute. Bendtner then returned the favor in the 61st minute, putting Rommedahl through on the right. He beat Jean Makoun and struck a left-footed shot just inside the far past. Rommedahl was a handful for Cameron all game and the Ajax player, who could reach his 100th cap for Denmark if they make a run, was the man of the match for the Danes.
3. Samuel Eto'o deserves no blame. After a mediocre showing from the midfield in Cameroon's opening loss to Japan, Eto'o started at striker against Denmark and had a brilliant performance. He scored the opening goal in the 10th minute, struck the post and had other near goals, but what stood out most were the numerous chances he created for teammates. If Pierre Webo or Achille Emana had converted on any of the half-dozen opportunities Eto'o provided them, Cameroon would still be alive in the tournament. Emana's misses are particularly glaring since he was one of the veterans who criticized coach Paul Le Guen for starting younger players against Japan. The team was better with veterans like Emana and Geremi in the lineup, but they still failed to get the result.
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