Netherlands (2-0-0, 6 pts.) — Perfect so far, but I don’t think they’ve looked great in either game. Defense isn’t very strong and there’s no physical forward up top. Could definitely use Robben’s skill.
Japan (1-1-0, 3 pts.) — Looked strong against Cameroon and only lost by one goal to the Oranje. Favorable goal-differential will help in a potential draw v. Denmark, which looks like an elimination game.
Denmark (1-1-0, 3 pts.) — Have looked pretty good in both games I think and very capable of moving on. The combination of Rommedahl and Bendtner is definitely a formidable one.
Cameroon (0-2-0, 0 pts.) — One of the few teams that has nothing to play for on the final day as they know they can’t advance. Unfortunately fielded a weak side against Japan and maybe deserved more against the Danes.
What stands out so far
1. Sad Cameroon — I picked them to advance to the quarterfinals. They had the talent, but some interesting lineup choices in the opener and poor finishing in the second doomed them.
2. How good are the Dutch? — A lot of people picked them as a sleeper for the championship. Not sure they’ve been that good, then again not many teams are unbeaten so far without conceding a goal.
3. Win and you’re in — Match-ups like the upcoming Japan-Denmark game are always fun. Go out and win to advance. No excuses.
1. M Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands
2. M Dennis Rommedahl, Denmark
3 (tie). F Keisuke Honda, Japan, and F Samuel Eto’o, Cameroon, and F Nicklas Bendtner, Denmark
Definitely appeared to be one of the more balanced groups in the tournament before it started, unfortunately half the teams already know their fate after two games. After watching them a couple times, I feel Denmark could be a sleeper team make a run to the quarterfinals.