Pre-game: Cameroon vs. Denmark

It's desperation time for Cameroon and Denmark, as each will go for their first win in Group E play in Pretoria on Saturday (CBC,, 2 p.m. ET).

Day 9, Match 3

Cameroon vs. Denmark, Group E

Date and Location

June 19, Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria

Broadcast details

Live on CBC and (2 p.m. ET). Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule.

What's at stake

Cameroon suffered a 1-0 loss to Japan in its opening game, while Denmark dropped a 2-0 decision to the Netherlands. As a result, these two teams are tied for last place in Group E with zero points. The Dutch and Japanese have three points apiece.

Needless to say, this is a crucial game for both nations. A win by either side would throw them back into the race for the top two spots in the group. A loss could either eliminate one team or leave their hopes of advancing to the second round hanging by the thinnest of threads.

Suspension watch

Defender Nicolas Nkoulou earned a yellow card in Cameroon's previous match. If he receives another against Denmark, he will be suspended for his country’s final game of the group stage. 

Defender Simon Kjaer is in a similar predicament for Denmark.

Rogers Pre-game Show

Watch the Rogers Pre-game show  30 minutes before kick-off as our panel of soccer experts provide up-to-the-minute news from South Africa on this match.

Player to watch for Cameroon

Samuel Eto'o —The Inter Milan star, generally regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, had a pretty quiet game against Japan. But he's always shown great resiliency and proven that he's able to bounce back. Cameroon needs to get the ball to him so he can tear the Danish defence apart with his speed.

Player to watch for Denmark

Nicklas Bendtner —  Displaying good aerial prowess, Bendtner uses his 6-4 frame to full effect inside the penalty box. He also moves with great quickness for a player of his physical stature. He needs to find his scoring touch against Cameroon.

Key match-up

Christian Poulsen vs. Samuel Eto'o  — A defensive bulldog in the centre midfield, Poulsen is a hard-running and hard-tackling player who gives the Danish side a bit of grit and steel. It'll be his job to track the dangerous Eto'o and try to stop him before he even penetrates the attacking third of the field.

The Cameroon perspective

"We lost a game but we must not let our heads drop, we will discuss what happened and correct some things. We especially need to make a better start to the match against Denmark. We do have an obstacle to overcome but fortunately we are playing another team who lost their opening match."  - midfielder Jean Makoun.

The Danish perspective

"I’m a big believer that you make your own luck. Sure, we had a couple of unlucky bounces for the Dutch goals, but instead of complaining about that we should be looking at what we did wrong." – goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

All time head-to-head

Cameroon and Denmark have never met at senior level.