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Cape Town Stadium (ATT 63,093) 24th June 2010 - Kick off 19:30

Cameroon Cameroon vs Netherlands Holland

Cameroon 1

S Eto'o (pen 65)


Holland 2

R van Persie (36)
K Huntelaar (83)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 9:51 pm, June 24th 2010

  1. And it's all over. Holland finish top of their group with a 100% record and now face Slovakia in Durban on Monday, while Paraguay face Japan on Tuesday.

  2. 90 + 2

    Elia thinks he's through but Robben delays his pass and the substitute is flagged offside.

  3. 90 + 1

    Could have been 3-1 as Elia gets past Geremi and his cross is chested down by Song to be collected by Hamidou.

  4. 90

    Another good run and cross from Robben, this time to the far post which is just too heavy for Huntelaar.

  5. 89

    Holland appeal for a penalty. Robben jinks past Assou-Ekotto and crosses for Huntelaar, who appears to be pushed by M'bia, but the ref isn't interested.

  6. 88

    Sneijder tries to pick out Huntelaar but M'bia is ther to clear up the danger.

  7. 87

    Mbia's pass is intercepted and Holland break.

  8. 86

    Great series of passes from Cameroon as they forge ahead but Makoun just loses possession on the edge of the area.

  9. 85

    Van Bommel is fouled by M'bia, who reckons the midfielder dived. Mbia gets very heated but Van Bommel walks away - probably wise.

  10. 83

    GOAL HUNTELAAR! Robben beats the offside trap following a great through-ball from Sneijder but his first touch takes him away from goal. However, he cuts inside and strikes the far post from outside the area under pressure from Song but the ball falls perfectly to Huntelaar, who scores into an empty net.

  11. 83

    It makes no difference as the corner is cleared. Elia tries to pick out Huntelaar but is touch is too heavy.

  12. 82

    Sneijder drills the ball in which seems to come off Huntelaar but the ref thinks it touched Song last and he awards a corner.

  13. 81

    Mbia is booked for handball a few inches to the left of Cameroon's area.

  14. 80

    Cameroon break forward and earn a corner which is sent in by Geremi, but Idrissou is penalised for pushing Heitinga.

  15. 79

    Neat touch from Sneijder again as he tries to chip Hamidou from the corner of the area but his connection isn't the best.

  16. 78

    Elia is fouled by Geremi inside Cameroon's half. Holland take it short and play it across to Robben, but the Dutch loses possession

  17. 77

    It's all Cameroon at the moment as they press for a winner.

  18. 76

    A chance for Cameroon as they get a free-kick 35 yards out. Geremi shapes up to shoot but plays it to Mbias instead. His powerful shot is charged down.

  19. 75

    Geremi sends over a deep cross to the far post where Idrissou gets up but his header fails to threaten the Holland goal.

  20. 74

    Aboubakar bursts forward and kicks the ground before he makes contact with the ball, which dribbles through to Stekelenburg.

  21. 73

    Rigobert Song comes on for N'Koulou. Let's hope that's the last of the changes for a while.

  22. 73

    More changes, as Arjen Robben makes his 2010 World Cup debut for Van der Vaart.

  23. 72

    Another change - this time for Cameroon as Mohammadou Idrissou replaces Choupo-Moting.

  24. 71

    Geremi swings in the corner to the near post where Mbia heads over the bar.

  25. 70

    Another booking for Holland as Aboubakar is fouled by Van Bronckhorst. The free-kick falls to N'Guemo, whose shot takes a deflection for a corner.

  26. 69

    Another free-kick to Holland on the right. This time Van der Vaart drills the ball through the wall which breaks up too easily but Hamidou gets down low to make an easy save.

  27. 68

    Free-kick to Holland on the right is swung in by Van der Vaart. The Cameroon defence just stops as Sneijder gets a faint header on to the boot of De Jong, who just fails to direct the ball home.

  28. 67

    Another change for Holland as Eljero Elia comes on for Kuyt.

  29. 66

    Van der Vaart was booked for the incident which led to teh penalty. Bit unlucky I reckon.

  30. 65

    Stekelenburg guesses the right way but Eto'o sends it out of reach for the equaliser which was probably deserved.

  31. 64

    Geremi's free-kick hits Van der Vaart on the arm and it's a penalty to Cameroon!

  32. 63

    Free-kick on the edge of the area as Makoun is fouled.

  33. 62

    Chedjou shoots the rebound over the bar.

  34. 61

    Great move by Cameroon as the 18-year-old substitute Aboubakar plays in Makoun, who shoots from a tightish angle with his right foot but Stekelenburg makes a diving save.

  35. 60

    Brilliant run into the box from Eto'o as he goes past a couple of players inside the box but his shot takes a deflection off Joris Mathijsen for a corner which is half cleared to N'Guemo on the edge of the box, whi is pressurised into shooting early and his effort goes just wide of the post.

  36. 59

    And indeed RVP makes way for Huntelaar to keep him fresh for the Slovakia game.

  37. 58

    Looks like changes are afoot on the Dutch bench as well, as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar starts to warm up. RVP to make way seems to be the consensus.

  38. 57

    First change of the game sees Cameroon's Vincent Aboubakar come on for Bong.

  39. 56

    Boulahrouz crosses from the right for Sneijder who gets the faintest of touches as Hamidou punches the ball out for a corner but a goal-kick is incorrectly awarded.

  40. 55

    Sneijder decides to take it and his effort bounces in front of Hamidou into the mid-riff of the keeper.

  41. 54

    Arjen Robben warming up. Free-kick to Holland after a foul by Makoun on Sneijder.

  42. 53

    Neat and tidy stuff from Holland as a series of short passes ends with Kuyt crossing from the right but the delivery is poor.

  43. 52

    RVP gets into the box this time but his cross from the left by-line is too deep for Van der Vaart and the chance is wasted.

  44. 51

    Another good chanc for Van Persie as he is sent clear but shoots just as he is about to be tackled. Good save from Hamidou.

  45. 50

    Eto'o looks to play a one-two with Makoun but his pass is weak and Van der Vaart comes across to dispossess the striker.

  46. 49

    Steady build-up play from Cameroon as they look to find an opening.

  47. 48

    Cameroon soon back on the ball as Eto'o is clipped by Van Bommel. Free-kick to the men in green and red.

  48. 47

    Assou-Ekotto penalised fo a foul on Kuyt after a good spell of pressure from Cameroon.

  49. 46

    Holland get the second half under way. No changes at the break.

  50. 45 + 1

    The Dutch finish the half on top with a spell of possession in and out of Cameroon's half. The whistle goes to end a decent first half, not great but not bad.

  51. 45

    One minute of added time to be played.

  52. 43

    Scrappy period of play as both sides lose possession in the middle of the pitch.

  53. 42

    Great free-kick from Geremi is headed into the air by Van Bommel. A scramble ensues but the danger is eventually cleared.

  54. 41

    Van der Vaart doesn't look to happy as he is penalised for a foul on Geremi when it looked the other way round.

  55. 40

    Eto'o nearly breaks the offside trap for once but he is just flagged offside although it was unlikely he would have reached the intended pass into space anyway.

  56. 39

    Van Bronckhorst gets in a forward position and crosses from the left by-line but his effort is chested down by M'bia and cleared.

  57. 38

    Good chance for Cameoon as a scramble in the box falls for Bong only for his shot to deflect of Heitinga for a corner which is easily caught by Stekelenburg.

  58. 37

    Eric Choupo-Moting plays the ball back to Geremi, whose cross is nearly headed in by Eto'o.

  59. 36

    GOAL VAN PERSIE! Neat one-two between Van Persie and Van der Vaart. The Arsenal striker drills the ball underneath the body of Hamidou. First goal of the tournament for Van Persie.

  60. 34

    Sneijder is having a good World Cup nad he jinks into the box but his cross is headed clear.

  61. 32

    At the other end Boulahrouz slips the ball through to Dirk Kuyt, whose shot flashes across the face of goal and just misses the far post.

  62. 31

    Good chance for Cameroon as Germie delivers a good cross this time and Makoun gets there ahead of Stekelenburg but his header just clears the bar.

  63. 30

    Nicolas N'Koulou sends out a long ball to the left but Boulahrouz gets up and heads the bal out.

  64. 29

    Sneijder made a nice looping run there if only RVP could have released the ball sooner.

  65. 28

    Khalid Boulahrouz tries a long one over the top for RVP but Hamidou is alert once more and he collects the ball at head height on the edge of his area.

  66. 27

    Mathijsen plays the ball down the left for Sneijder, who is flagged offside even though he received the ball in an onside position.

  67. 26

    N'Koulou is booked, presumably for pushing at a free-kick.

  68. 26

    Van der Vaart's free-kick beats the wall but not the keeper, who makes a good low save.

  69. 25

    Danger for the Africans as Stephane M'bia fouls Van der Vaart just outside the area.

  70. 24

    Lovely footwork from Sneijder as he goes past a couple of players.

  71. 23

    Aurelien Chedjou bundles over RVP inside Holland's half and the Dutch have a free-kick. Neat link-up play from Van Bronckhorst sees Sneijder get half a chance inside the area on the left but his shot is blocked.

  72. 22

    The Dutch aren't really firing on all cylinders yet. Van Persie tries the impossible from 45 yards which gets what it deserves.

  73. 21

    Replay shows RVP chested the ball down and the ball rolled on to his arm but it would have counted.

  74. 20

    Nicolas N'Koulou's sloppy pass is intercepted by Van Bronckhorst on the left wing and the Dutch regain possession.

  75. 19

    Best chance of the game has just fallen to Van Persie as he is sent clean through but his shot lacks power and direction, allowing Hamidou to make a comfortable save.

  76. 18

    Long ball from the back sees Van der Vaart try to set up RVP but the flag had already been raised for offside.

  77. 17

    First booking of the game sees Dirk Kuyt enter the referee's book for a foul on Gaetan Bong.

  78. 16

    At last a decent delivery from Geremi, which is headed out by Mark Van Bommel.

  79. 15

    Joris Mathijsen gives away the ball. Eto'o chests the ball down and volleys the bal goalward but Heitinga shins the ball away for a corner.

  80. 14

    The impetus is definitely with Cameroon in this game but Holland only need a point to be assured of top spot in the group.

  81. 13

    It's about time Geremi took a back seat in this game as he delivers another appaling free-kick over the bar - this time from the left. Must do better.

  82. 12

    The corner is taken short to Benoit Assou-Ekotto, whose cross is headed across the face of goal by Makoun and the danger disappears.

  83. 11

    Cameroon are awarded a free-kick after a foul by Nigel De Jong on Jean Makoun(near the right touchline and Geremi's free-kick is punched out for a corner by Stekelenburg.

  84. 10

    Not the best of starts by Geremi as he allows the ball to slip under his feet. Throw-in to the Dutch.

  85. 9

    RVP makes a burst forward and looks like he might get there ahead of Hamidou, but the Cameroon keeper is quick off his line.

  86. 8

    Johnny Heitinga goes through the back of Samuel Eto'o near the centre circle but Geremi's free-kick is atrocious.

  87. 7

    Decent start to the game. Cameroon have nothing to lose so they may as well look to attack.

  88. 6

    Giovanni Van Bronckhorst tries to find Sneijder down the left but he overhits his pass and the ball runs through to Souleymanou Hamidou.

  89. 5

    A chance for Holland this time as RVP is bundled off the ball on the edge of the area but Rafael Van der Vaart drags his shot wide.

  90. 4

    First shot on target goes to Cameroon as Aurelien Chedjou plays a one-two outside the area but his shot is comfortably saved by Maarten Stekelenburg.

  91. 3

    Wes Sneijder has plenty of room to shoot but decides to flick the ball out to Robin Van Persie, who goes down but no free-kick is awarded.

  92. 2

    Steady start by Cameroon as they look to break down the right through Landry N'Guemo but the attack comes to nothing.

  93. 1

    Cameroon get the game under way. Holland are playing in white shirts and blue shorts.

  94. Betting update from Sky Bet, who tell us Holland are the clear favourites at 4/6 to win, the draw is 5/2 and Cameroon are 9/2 to pull off a shock victory. Holland 2-0 is well backed at 7/1, with a bit of money also on Holland 3-1 at 14/1. RVP is best backed at 9/2 for FGS, with little to no money on Cameroon for FGS.

  95. Cameroon: Hamidou, Njitap, M'bia Etoundi, N'Koulou, Assou-Ekotto, Makoun, Alex Song, N'Guemo, Bong, Eto'o, Choupo-Moting. Subs: Kameni, Rigobert Song, Bassong, Emana, Chedjou, Webo, Idrissou, Matip, Aboubakar, Ndy Assembe.

  96. Holland: Stekelenburg, Boulahrouz, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Van Bronckhorst, Kuyt, Van Bommel, De Jong, Van der Vaart, Sneijder, van Persie. Subs: Vorm, Van Der Wiel, Robben, Ooijer, De Zeeuw, Braafheid, Elia, Schaars, Babel, Afellay, Huntelaar, Boschker.

  97. Our referee tonight is Pablo Pozo from Chile

  98. Good evening and welcome to tonight's clash between Cameroon and Holland. The match is actually a dead rubber as Holland have already qualified for the last 16, while Cameroon are out. However, the Dutch will want to finish the group as winners and have named a strong squad accordingly, although Arjen Robben remains on the bench. Teams to follow shortly.



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