Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa

Referee: Pozo, Pablo | Attendance: 63093

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  • Samuel Eto'o 65' PEN

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  • Robin van Persie 36'
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 83'
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  • 92'

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  • 92'

    The Dutch always looked like they were taking it easy, but the return of Arjen Robben will be a big boost given the performance.

  • 92'

    Cameroon finish the World Cup empty-handed despite threatening to take charge of the game for a while in the second half.

  • 92'

    It's all over!

  • 92'

    Robben plays a throughball for Elia, who would be clean through but it ruled offside.

  • 91'

    Elia bursts into the area and puts a cross back across the face of goal, but Song is there to chest down to the 'keeper.

  • 91'

    ESPN Stats & Info: If this score holds, Huntelaar's goal will be the fourth game-winner for Netherlands coming in the 83rd minute or later. The last came from Dennis Bergkamp in 1998 against Argentina.

  • 90'

    Two minutes of added time.

  • 90'

    Robben curls a ball into the danger area for Sneijder but it's just ahead of him. Goal kick.

  • 89'

    Huntelaar goes down under pressure from M'Bia and he's asking for a penalty, but it was never likely to be given.

  • 87'

    Robben nearly breaks through but Assou-Ekotto does well to cover.

  • 85'

    Chedjou's accusing Van Bommel of a dive, but he was clearly fouled.

  • 83'

    GOAL Huntelaar scores! Robben unleashes a shot from distance that comes back off the inside of the post and Huntelaar is on hand with a neat finish.

  • 82'

    The resulting free-kick is drilled into the danger area by Sneijder and Huntelaar tries to divert in, but it's wide. Corner given, seemingly erroneously.

  • 81'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Coming into this match, the Netherlands had won all 10 of their competitive matches since the end of Euro 2008.

  • 81'

    Yellow card M'Bia picks up a booking for an inadvertent handball and misses the next match.

  • 80'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Samuel Eto?o has scored Cameroon's last three goals in World Cup play.

  • 80'

    The ref spots a foul as the corner comes in.

  • 80'

    Corner for Cameroon.

  • 79'

    Elia puts a cross in after some good play from Sneijder and Huntelaar but it comes back out. Sneijder tries an ambitious shot but it floats over the bar.

  • 77'

    It's laid off to M'Bia, who strikes it with force, but cannons back off his team-mate.

  • 76'

    Cameroon have another free-kick, 28m from goal.

  • 76'

    Geremi sends a searching ball towards the back post but his team-mates can't quite get it back across the face.

  • 75'

    Aboubakar comes on, races towards goal and unleashes a shot, but he kicks the ground as he strikes it and it trickles towards goal.

  • 74'

    Sub Rigobert Song comes on to play in his fourth World Cup, replacing N'Koulou.

  • 73'

    Sub Van der Vaart comes off to be replaced by Robben, who makes his long-awaited return from injury.

  • 71'

    Sub Idrissou comes on for Choupa-Moting.

  • 71'

    N'Guemo puts the corner in and M'Bia meets it at the near post, but his header fails to hit the target.

  • 70'

    Nguemo fires in a shot following the free-kick and it takes a huge, looping deflection. Corner kick.

  • 70'

    Yellow card Van Bronckhorst goes into the book for a foul on Aboubakar.

  • 69'

    He goes for goal but it's a really poor effort and easily saved.

  • 69'

    Huntelaar is fouled and Van der Vaart wins another chance to cause problems for Cameroon.

  • 68'

    ESPN Stats & Info: That was Cameroon's second penalty goal in World Cup history (first was vs England in 1990).

  • 67'

    De Jong goes close to the Dutch! Van der Vaart hooks the free-kick into the box and De Jong throws a boot at it but can't get the direction.

  • 66'

    Elia comes on for Kuyt. Van der Vaart, meanwhile, was booked for his handball for the penalty.

  • 66'

    It's good to see Cameroon get something for their efforts this half.

  • 65'

    GOAL Eto'o scores! no nerves at all from the Inter strike, who confidently lofts the spot-kick into the corner.

  • 64'

    Van der Vaart raises his hands to block Geremi's free-kick and the ref points to the spot.

  • 64'


  • 63'

    Geremi will take it.

  • 63'

    Boulahrouz gives away a free-kick on Makoun on the edge of the area. Aboubakar picks up the ball and Makoun shouts at him.

  • 62'

    Cameroon are stepping up their game now and seem to want to restore a bit of pride.

  • 61'

    Cameroon nearly find an equaliser! Chedjou plays a superb ball through for Makoun, but his shot is saved from a difficult angle.

  • 60'

    From the ensuing corner, Nguemo tries to pass one into the corner but it veers away from goal.

  • 59'

    Eto'o makes something out of nothing, skipping around three defenders before seeing his shot blocked by Van Bronckhorst.

  • 59'

    Sub Van Persie goes off to be replaced by Huntelaar.

  • 58'

    Dirk Kuyt is booked for a foul on Gaetan Bong.

  • 57'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Should results hold, this would be the first time Netherlands have kept a clean sheet in all three group stage matches.

  • 56'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Stephane Mbia has completed all 34 of his passes at this point, the only player on the pitch with 100% passing accuracy.

  • 56'

    Sub Bong comes off to be replaced by Aboubakar.

  • 56'

    Boulahrouz sends a deflected cross in from the right but Sneijder can't keep it in play.

  • 55'

    He does try the shot, and it is ambitious. Straight at Hamidou.

  • 54'

    Sneijder lines up a free-kick for the Dutch from distance. He could try a shot here, although it would be ambitious.

  • 52'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Both Cameroon and Netherlands had nine touches in the box in the first half.

  • 52'

    Van Persie floats a cross in from the back post but it's too long.

  • 51'

    Van Persie picks up an insive pass and races away but his final shot is straight at the 'keeper as M'Bia applies the pressure.

  • 50'

    It's returned to the very leisurely tempo of the first half's worst moments. Neither side want to extend themselves and you can't blame Netherlands, certainly.

  • 47'

    Cameroon knock the ball around neatly for the first two minutes of the half, but the move breaks down when they try to make something happen.

  • 46'

    Netherlands kick off the second half.

  • 45'

    Robin van Persie fires Netherlands into the lead.

  • 45'

    Stick with us for the second half to see how the Dutch are shaping up for what looks certain to be a second-round clash with Slovakia.

  • 45'

    It's not been scintillating by any stretch, but Netherlands have produced a few decent bits of football and Cameroon have been causing more problems through Geremi's crosses as the half goes on.

  • 45'

    That's the end of the first half.

  • 45'

    N'Guemo sends a ball over the top for Eto'o to chase, but Stekelenburg gathers.

  • 45'

    Netherlands goalscorer Robin van Persie fights for the ball.

  • 44'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Both of Robin van Persie's World Cup goals have come against African sides (vs Ivory Coast in 2006).

  • 43'

    He swings it in and Netherlands fail to deal with it as it bounces off Van Bommel's back, but it eventually comes to the 'keeper.

  • 43'

    Cameroon have a free-kick out on the right and Geremi lines it up.

  • 42'

    ESPN Stats & Info: The last time Netherlands scored first and lost the match was against Scotland in 1978.

  • 41'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Cameroon have never conceded first and came back to win. In 1998, the Indomitable Lions came back from one down to draw against Chile.

  • 41'

    Eto'o chests a Geremi cross in the area but it just gets away from him. Suddenly, Eto'o is threatening to cause problems.

  • 39'

    Eto'o looks to burst into acres of space behind the defence but his timing is wrong and it's given offside.

  • 39'

    The corner is cleared.

  • 38'

    Eto'o tries to bring the ball down in the box from Geremi's cross but can't quite get it under control. It comes back into the area and Bong shoots, but it's deflected out for a corner.

  • 37'

    It's probably deserved on the balance of play, and it's to be hoped that it sparks a bit more passion from Cameroon.

  • 36'

    GOAL Van Persie scores! The Arsenal striker plays a one-two with Van der Vaart before firing home right-footed from a tight angle.

  • 35'

    Landry N'Guemo battles for the ball with Rafael Van der Vaart.

  • 35'

    Sneijder crosses for Kuyt at the far post, who heads it back for Van der Vaart but can't quite find him.

  • 34'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Netherlands have won just one of their last five final group stage matches.

  • 32'

    Kuyt picks up a pass from Boulahrouz but pulls it across the face of goal! This is starting to liven up a little.

  • 31'

    ESPN Stats & Info: If today's game finishes without incident, this would be Cameroon's first World Cup without a red card since 1982.

  • 31'

    Geremi crosses but Makoun heads over the bar! Great chance for Cameroon!

  • 30'

    Yellow card N'Koulou gets a booking that rules him out of Camerron's next gamne, whenever that might be.

  • 28'

    Van der Vaart is back in defence, performing a slide tackle and then weaving his way clear. That's about as much as we've had to enjoy so far.

  • 26'

    Van der Vaart curls one in on goal, but it's straight at Hamidou.

  • 25'

    the Dutch try to take it quickly, get it wrong, but the ref pulls it back as he wasn't ready.

  • 25'

    Netherlands win a free-kick as Van der Vaart is knocked off balance by M'Bia. This is a good shooting opportunity.

  • 24'

    Some neat play from Van der Vaart puts Sneijder in possession in front of the goal. He twists and turns but sees his effort blocked.

  • 23'

    Van Persie tries to score from ludicrous distance and comes nowhere near getting it right.

  • 20'

    Still, that's a little more encouraging. The game's hardly on fire right now.

  • 19'

    Van Persie has a great chance, controlling the ball on the edge of the area before striking it on the bounce, but it's straight at the 'keeper!

  • 17'

    Yellow card Sneijder plays a ball behind the defence for Van der Vaart, but he's offside as he heads across the area. Meanwhile, Kuyt gets a booking for a foul on Bong.

  • 17'

    ESPN Stats & Info: The 'Indomitable Lions' have won just one of their last 12 World Cup games.

  • 16'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Netherlands are unbeaten in their three World Cup matches against African opposition. However, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of these meetings.

  • 16'

    The corner is cleared.

  • 16'

    ESPN Stats & Info: The only two previous matches between these two teams produced just one goal (0-0 in 1998 and a 1-0 win for the Netherlands in 2006).

  • 15'

    Eto'o dinks a ball over the top and Heitinga shins his clearance for a corner. Cameroon are getting on top, but they're not looking particularly impressive.

  • 14'

    Geremi takes another free-kick for Cameroon and it's deep and out for a goal kick. Not the best start to the game with regards to his set-pieces.

  • 11'

    Stat Attack: Netherlands have played a higher percentage of their passes in their own half than any team at this World Cup (47%).

  • 11'

    The corner goes short and Assou-Ekotto puts it in for Makoun to head, but he can't get enough on it and it's nowhere near the target.

  • 11'

    Geremi curls a deep free-kick into the area, which Stekelenburg punches clear, and Camerron win a corner.

  • 9'

    Van Persie looks to run onto the ball inside the area but Hamidou gets there first.

  • 9'

    The free-kick is pretty rotten.

  • 8'

    Eto'o takes a knock from Heitinga and looks a bit pained. Free-kick to Cameroon just inside the Netherlands' half.

  • 7'

    The Dutch are looking the stronger early on, knocking the ball around neatly.

  • 5'

    Down at the other end, Van der Vaart gets a shot away from the edge of the area but skews it wide. Seems both teams plan to attack this evening.

  • 5'

    Stekelenburg gets to make a comfortable save early on from Chedjou.

  • 4'

    Van Persie flicks the ball on Sneijder bursts through the middle and has plenty of space in front of him, but he can't return the pass and the move breaks down.

  • 2'

    Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed Alex Song was in the published line-up for Cameroon but not in the team to take the field. Aurelien Chedjou takes his place but we're unclear as to why.

  • 1'

    And Cameroon get the match underway!


    Netherlands, meanwhile, have left Robben on the bench, but he may make his return from injury as the Dutch test his readiness for the knockout rounds.


    There are four changes for Cameroon, with Jean Makoun among those coming in.


    Realistically, both teams will be more concerned with the performance than the result, and that lack of fear could make for an entertaining match.


    First place will see the Dutch take on Slovakia in the second round while a defeat - and a hefty win for Japan or Denmark - could see them face Paraguay.


    There's very little on the match, with Cameroon already eliminated and Netherlands already through, but the Indomitable Lions will be playing for pride and the Oranje know a draw sees them finish top.


    Hello and welcome to the live commentary for Cameroon's game against Netherlands.


    Join us at 1830 GMT as Holland look to seal top spot with a win over Cameroon, who are already out.



Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Cameroon

  • 15(3)

  • 11

  • 18

  • 51%


  • Netherlands

  • 15(8)

  • 27

  • 15

Match Stats

  • Cameroon
  • Netherlands
15(3) Shots (on goal) 15(8)
18 Fouls 15
6 Corner kicks 1
3 Offsides 6
51% Time of Possession 49%
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
5 Saves 2

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