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Japan defeats Denmark

Jon Dahl Tomasson scored his country's
all-time leading 52nd international goal.
Rustenburg, South Africa (Sports Network) - Japan booked its ticket to the FIFA World Cup knockout round with a 3-1 win over Denmark at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Thursday.

Keisuke Honda and Yasuhito Endo scored first-half free-kick goals to propel the Japanese to a round-of-16 match against Group F winner Paraguay on Tuesday. With the win, Japan earned Group E's runner-up spot behind the Netherlands, which earned a 2-1 win over Cameroon in the other Group E match on Thursday. Cameroon and Denmark are now officially eliminated.

The Japanese, who carried the majority of the possession throughout the game, got the game's first goal inside 20 minutes when Hondo fired a long-range free kick that he struck perfectly inside the left post, just past the fingertips of goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen. continue>>

GROUP E MP W D L GF GA Pts
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 0


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11Nicklas Bendtner
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