Pre-game: Group E finale

Japan takes on Denmark in a do-or-die Group E match at the FIFA World Cup Thursday (CBC,, 2 p.m. ET) with the winner advancing to the second round.

Day 14, Match 3 and 4

Denmark vs. Japan, June 24 in Rustenburg

Cameroon vs. Netherlands, June 24, in Cape Town 

Broadcast details

  • Denmark-Japan, live on CBC and at 2 p.m. ET
  • Cameroon-Netherlands, live on digital channel CBC Bold and at 2 p.m. ET

Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule by CLICKING HERE

Current Group E standings

  1. Netherlands: 6 points, 3 goals, +3 goal difference
  2. Japan: 3 points, 1 goal, 0 goal difference
  3. Denmark: 3 points, 2 goals, -1 goal difference
  4. 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.

The Netherlands:

  • Has already clinched a spot in the second round.

Japan advances:

  • With a win, OR
  • With a tie.

Denmark advances:

  • 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 CameroonStephane 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 NetherlandsWesley 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.