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Japan-Denmark: Japan joins The Netherlands in Final 16

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(Read caption) JAPAN-DENMARK: Japanese players celebrate with goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (right) after winning the World Cup group E soccer match between Denmark and Japan in Rustenburg, South Africa, June 24, 2010. Japan won 3-1, and advances to the round of 16

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The Netherlands added to their 100 percent win record, moving smoothly into the knockout stages as Cameroon’s World-Cup campaign ended pointless in Cape Town tonight. Elsewhere in Group E, Japan, aided by two spectacular free kicks, beat Denmark 3-1 to seal the second spot.

Cameroon, whose campaign has been marred by rows between the manager, Paul le Guen, and several of the senior players, including his captain Samuel Eto’o, had already been knocked out following two successive defeats. At times tonight they appeared to be going through the motions but Eto’o dragged his side back into the game and deserved his goal, a 65th minute penalty, which briefly brought the Indomitable Lions level.

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