Eto’o hopes to get Dutch despite weekend heartbreak
Cameroon, Africa's modern World Cup trailblazers, became the first African side eliminated from the continent's inaugural tournament when they lost 2-1 to Denmark on Saturday.football Updated: Jun 21, 2010 00:17 IST
Cameroon, Africa's modern World Cup trailblazers, became the first African side eliminated from the continent's inaugural tournament when they lost 2-1 to Denmark on Saturday. The Indomitable Lions, who qualified for their first finals in Spain in 1982 and reached the quarters in 1990, are out after this defeat followed their opening 1-0 loss to Japan.
Despite taking the lead through skipper and three-time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o with a coolly taken goal after 10 minutes, Cameroon failed to capitalise on any of the dozen chances they created.
At the death they could not respond to Nicklas Bendtner's 33rd minute equaliser and Dennis Rommedahl's well-taken 61st minute curler.
“I think so,” Eto’o said, when asked if this was his greatest disappointment. “All my season was focused to be ready for this World Cup. It's the only thing I could think about.”
Eto'o said the highest ranked African team at the WC, who now play the Dutch and are looking to beat them, had missed a great chance to do something special.
“But it wasn't to be. It's not normal for us to finish last. But there will be other days. They played better than us. It's that simple.”
First Published: Jun 21, 2010 00:14 IST