Ireland and Cameroon played to a 1-1 draw at Niigata's Big Swan Stadium today in a highly entertaining match that was capped by a sensational Matt Holland equalizer in the 55th minute. Cameroon scored first in the match when Patrick Mboma got on the end of a brilliant individual effort from Samuel Eto'o to touch home his 28th goal in 50 international appearances. Cameroon threatened throughout the match, and were unlucky not to go even further ahead through the work of Eto'o.
Ireland - 1-Shay Given, 14-Gary Breen, 3-Ian Harte (21-Stephen Reid, 77), 18-Gary Kelly, 5-Steve Staunton, 8-Matt Holland, 11-Kevin Kilbane, 12-Mark Kinsella, 7-Jason McAteer (2-Steve Finnan, 46), 9-Damien Duff, 10-Robbie Keane.
Cameroon - 1-Boukar Alioum; 5-Raymond Kalla Kongo, 8-Geremi Njitap, 4-Rigobert Song, 2-Bill Tchato; 3-Pierrre Wome, 12-Lauren Etame-Mayer, 17-Marc-Vivien Foe, 20-R. Salomon Olembe; 9-Samuel Eto'o, 10-Patrick Mboma (18-Patrick Suffo, 68)
Denmark - Uruguay
Denmark's Jon Dahl Tomasson scored late in each half to lead Denmark to a 2-1 win over Uruguay in Ulsan, Korea. With the win, Denmark moves to the top of the Group A table with Senegal, while France and Uruguay sit at the bottom with no points and facing a long road to the second round.
All three goals were world class in an exciting back-and-forth affair. Dario Rodriguez's first half goal could prove to be the goal of the tournament. An Alvaro Recoba corner kick was cleared from the penalty area, and after controlling the ball with one touch a Uruguayan teammate played the ball of his knee and then played the ball through the air to Rodriguez, whose curling left-footed volley found the top left corner of the net.
Rodriguez's goal in the 47th minute evened the score after Tomasson gave Denmark a 1-0 lead in the 45th minute. An 83rd minute strike from Tomasson sealed the win. A pinpoint cross from the left side by Martin Jorgensen found Tomasson in the middle, and Tomasson's header hit the underside of the crossbar and gave Denmark the win.
Uruguay: 1-Hectór Fabián Carini; 2-Gustavo Mendez, 4-Paolo Montero, 6-Dario Rodriguez (11-Gerardo Frederico Magallanes, 86), 14-Gonzalo Sorondo; 5-Pablo García, 7-Gianni Guigou; 13-Sebastián Abreu (18-Richard Morales, 87), 20-Alvaro Recoba (17-Mario Regueiro, 79), 9-Dario Silva, 8-Gustavo Varela.
Denmark: 1-Thomas Sorensen; 5-Jan Heintze (12-Niclas Jensen, 56), 6. Thomas Helveg, 3-Rene Henriksen, 4-Martin Laursen; 7-Thomas Gravesen, 2-Stig Töfting; 8-Jesper Gronkjaer (10-Martin Jorgensen, 69), 19-Dennis Rommedahl, 11-Ebbe Sand (17-Christian Poulsen, 88), 9-Jon Dahl Tomasson.
Germany - Saudi Arabia
The Germans got off to a flying start, scoring four times in each half, en route to a convincing 8-0 win at the Sapporo Dome. Miroslav Klose recorded a hat trick for the Germans in the easy win. Michael Ballack and Carsten Jancker scored late in the first half after Klose talllied twice in five minutes to put Germany in a commanding lead early. After the break Thomas Linke, Oliver Bierhoff and Klose all scored, before Bernd Schneider added an inch-perfect free kick in the game's final minute.
Germany: 1-Oliver Kahn, 2-Thomas Linke, 21-Christoph Metzelder, 6-Christian Ziege, 13-Michael Ballack, 22-Torsten Frings, 8-Dietmar Hamann, 5-Carsten Ramelow (16-Jens Jeremies, 65), 19-Bernd Schneider, 9-Carsten Jancker (20-Oliver Bierhoff, 65), 11-Miroslav Klose (7-Oliver Neuville, 76).
Saudi Arabia: 1-Mohammed Al Daeyea, 12-Ahmed Dukhi Al Dosari, 13-Hussein Sulimani, 3-Raza Takar, 4-Abdullah Zubromawi, 16-Khumais Al Owairan (17-Abdullah Al Shahrani, 76), 7-Ibrahim Al Shahrani, 18-Nawaf Al Temyat (14-Abdel Aziz al-Khathran, 76), 8-Mohammed Noor, 9-Sami Al Jaber, 20-Al Hassan Al Yami (15-Abdullah Jumaan Al Dosari, 76).