Great Danes down Cameroon

  • Last Updated: June 19 2010, 23:08 BST

Denmark hit back from a goal down to beat Cameroon 2-1 and give themselves a great chance of reaching the last 16 of the World Cup while ending their opponents' hopes.

Bendtner slides home to equalise for Denmark.

Things looked bleak for the Danes when Samuel Eto'o fired Cameroon into an early lead after a mistake by Christian Poulsen, but Nicklas Bendtner turned home Dennis Rommedahl's low cross to level matters before half-time.

And the impressive Rommedahl curled home a fine second to take the Danes level on points with Japan - who they face in their final, winner-takes-all Group E clash.

The result means Cameroon are the first team eliminated from South Africa 2010, while Holland - with two wins from two - are definitely into the last 16.

Denmark coach Morten Olsen isn't getting carried away by the result, admitting there is much to improve on despite his side's battling qualities.

He said: "We had far too many elementary mistakes that we made and we can't allow that from our players.

"We must correct that, so I wasn't happy actually. Of course the players fought heroically, some of them didn't play well today I have to say, but they fought.

"We had Nicklas Bendtner, Jon Dahl Tomasson and Daniel Jensen on the pitch, and those players haven't played much.

"But that's the way it is, that's why we had to fight so much. We had nothing more to offer, we have too many players who are injured or have been injured.

"So in that respect it was a heroic physical effort, but if we want to progress in this tournament we have a lot to work on. We know that very well."

Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen faced questions about his future after the game, but insisted he would not be stepping down.

"I will not resign but you have given your view and I respect that," the Frenchman when asked if he felt he had been tactically out-thought by his counterparts in the tournament.

Regarding his side's defeat and early exit from the tournament, Le Guen added: "It's a great disappointment, we had high hopes, but I think this match shows that we were not really effective enough."