Pre-game: Group E finale
Day 14, Match 3 and 4
Denmark vs. Japan, June 24 in Rustenburg
Cameroon vs. Netherlands, June 24, in Cape Town
- Denmark-Japan, live on CBC and CBCSports.ca at 2 p.m. ET
- Cameroon-Netherlands, live on digital channel CBC Bold and CBCSports.ca at 2 p.m. ET
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Current Group E standings
- Netherlands: 6 points, 3 goals, +3 goal difference
- Japan: 3 points, 1 goal, 0 goal difference
- Denmark: 3 points, 2 goals, -1 goal difference
- Cameroon: 0 points, 1 goal, -2 goal difference
FIFA uses the following series of tiebreakers when teams finish tied with the same number of points at the end of the group stage:
- Goal difference.
- Total goals scored.
- Head-to-head results (if more than two teams are tied, then results between those teams are calculated using the first two criteria).
- Drawing of lots.
Remember, the top two teams in the group move on to the round of 16.
- Has already clinched a spot in the second round.
- With a win, OR
- With a tie.
- With a win.
- Has already been eliminated from the tournament.
Denmark vs. Japan
Player to watch for Denmark — Christian Poulsen: One of the toughest holding midfielders in the game today, the 30-year-old is at his best when he's toeing the line of respectability on the pitch, but his fiery temper nearly assures that he'll cross it at some point — and he's already in a bad mood after his horrendous giveaway led to Cameroon's goal in the Danes' last match.
Player to watch for Japan — Tulio Tanaka: The Brazilian-born defender's toughness, footwork and strength in the air have made him a fixture on the backline for Japan, and he showed how influential he could be against the high-flying Dutch in Japan's last game, as his sharp tackling and positioning turned away wave after wave of Netherlands attackers.
The Danish perspective: "Japan have a good group of players who are fighting for their country. They are proud to play for Japan. They have a good coach who has a good knowledge of football." — coach Morten Olsen
The Japanese perspective: "I think it will be a very big match for both sides. To win such a big match, I think in a sense we need something beyond the team's tactics." — coach Takeshi Okada
World Cup head-to-head: This match will mark the first World Cup encounter between the two countries.
Cameroon vs. Netherlands
Player to watch for Cameroon — Stephane M'Bia: He has won many admirers as a key cog in the Marseille defence, and can play as a holding midfielder, defender or fullback, imposing his will on attackers with his overwhelming strength.
Player to watch for Netherlands — Wesley Sneijder: The attacking midfielder is a star for club side Inter Milan, and he can beat defenders a number of ways: with his passing, his pace or his boot.
The Cameroonian perspective: "All my season was focused to be ready for this World Cup. It's the only thing I could think about. It's hard. It's not normal for us to finish last." — striker Samuel Eto'o
The Dutch perspective: "It is always nice to win twice in a row, and we've already managed to get through the group phase. You always hope that it is going to happen, yet it is not as easy as it sounds." — coach Bert van Marwijk
World Cup head-to-head: Cameroon and the Netherlands have never met at the World Cup.