Cameroon and Denmark–both desperate for a win to stay alive– put up a fight to the final whistle on June 19 in a Group E match at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in South Africa.
Unfortunately for Cameroon, it was Denmark who got the best of the scuffle, claiming a 2-1 win.
Cameroon didn’t go out gently, though, challenging Denmark throughout the entire game, after taking an early lead following Samuel Eto’o who scored a goal during the 10th minute of play.
But Cameroon’s early goal must have inspired Denmark to a shooting frenzy, as they began rifling attempts at the African goal.
The score was tied, 1-1, just 20 minutes later as Nicklas Bendtner scored on an assist from right field by Dennis Rommendahl.
From that point on Denmark never took its foot off the gas, applying great pressure on Cameroon’s goalkeeper. The pressure paid off as they took the lead with a goal by Rommendahl during the 61st minute.
“I don’t understand. We started the match well, we conceded a goal due to a mistake and failed to keep our lead in the first half,” Cameroon defender Stephane Mbia told reporters. “We gave everything, but we can do better. It’s hard to accept. In the first half, we had several chances that we didn’t put away and we paid for that. To ensure that our people and the country as a whole continues to have a good impression of us, we quite simply have to try to win the next game.”
Although they have been eliminated from advancing out of Group E due to their two losses, Cameroon must play their final scheduled match, against the top-16 ranked Netherlands on June 24. Denmark will challenge Japan that same day.