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June 24, 2010 at 9:49 PM

A final look at Group E, what I got right and what I didn’t…

oranje.jpgPhoto credit: Schalk van Zuydam / AP

So here’s how it shaped up, with the top two teams advancing to the knockout stage/round of 16 and the bottom two teams eliminated:

1. Netherlands 3-0-0, 9 pts. (5 goals scored, 1 goal allowed,  +4 GD)

2. Japan 2-0-1, 6 pts. (4 goals scored, 2 goals allowed, +2 GD)

3. Denmark 1-0-2, 3 pts. (3 goals scored, 6 goals allowed, -3 GD)

4. Cameroon 0-3-0, 0 pts. (2 goals scored, 5 goals allowed, -3 GD)

What I got right

— The Dutch would roll through the group, which wasn’t going out on a limb.

What I got wrong

— Cameroon. I picked the Indomitable Lions to beat Italy in the round of 16, so I was a quite a bit off.

— Who knew the Japanese would master the Jabulani? Two great free-kick goals in the finale. Also, Keisuke Honda is a stud.

— I thought it would be a tight group. Instead it was pretty cut and dry.

— That my predictions would be worthwhile. I might be the worst prognosticator in the world. I should probably stop.

What’s next?

— The Netherlands will play Slovakia (the runner-up in Group F) at 7 a.m. PT on Monday

— Japan will play Paraguay (the winner of Group F) at 7 a.m. PT on Tuesday

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