Last Updated: 24/06/10 9:45pm
FULL TIME. Japan deservedly win to go through to face Paraguay on Tuesday. They could go far in this World Cup on this showing. Thanks for your views tonight, stay with us for reaction.
Japan take the free-kick and win another ten yards out on the left. They take and Honda runs with the ball to 22 yards out in front of goal before shooting just over.
Agger takes the second corner but the ref blows for an infringement in the box and it is a Japan free-kick.
GOAL - OKAZAKI!!!!! Honda does really well to run into the box before dragging the ball back to Okazaki to tap in from 10 yards!!
Sorensen puts the goal kick out for a Japan throw in 35 yards out on the right. They take and Okubo tries a long range effort but it is straight at Sorensen who gathers.
Nagatomo tries to get onto a through ball on the left but just fails to get there and it is a goal kick.
Japan take the throw in and Komano crosses from 10 yards out on the right but Sorensen is down well to gather in the box.
Honda takes the corner but Larsen heads away in the box for a Japan throw in 25 yards out on the right.
Tomasson injured himself slotting home and is needed treatment off the pitch but is okay to continue.
GOAL - TOMASSON!!! Tomasson takes the penalty but it is poor and the keeper saves to his right. But the rebound falls nicely for Tomasson to slot home which he does to become his country's joint record goal scorer with 52!!
Agger is felled by Hasebe in the penalty area for a spot kick. He is pushed in the back and the ref makes the right decision.
C Poulsen hits a long ball forward to Agger on the edge of the box but Japan partially clear before Larsen tries an effort from 20 yards in front of goal which crashes onto the cross bar.
Honda wins a free-kick on the half way line. Japan take short before crossing from the left to Okazaki in the box but his header from 12 yards is straight at Sorensen who saves.
Denmark cross from the right into the box but Larsen can not get his header on target and it goes out for a Japanese throw in on the right.
Honda crosses from the right to Endo on the left. He back heals to Nagatomo who eventually shoots at goal from 22 yards but Sorensen easily saves.
Jacobsen crosses from 30 yards out on the right but Nakazawa heads partially clear in the box. Denmark come again and feed the ball to Tomasson eight yards out but he scuffs his shot and Nakazawa blocks and Japan clear.
Nakazawa hits a good crossfield ball from the right to Honda on the left but the striker is given offside.
S Poulsen crosses from the left and Japan partially clear to Erikson 30 yards out in front of goal. He tries an effort but his shot goes just over. Good attempt!
Jacobsen punts a long ball forward towards Bendtner but it is too high and goes out for a goal kick.
C Poulsen punts a ball forward and Bendtner goes for a header with Nakazawa on the edge of the box but he is booked for the challenge.
Agger wins a third throw in and puts this one into the box but Larsen is penalised for a push and it is a Japan free-kick.
Denmark win a throw in six yards out on the left after Nakazawa puts out a cross. Agger takes and wins another throw in.
Denmark take the throw in and have sustained pressure before Bendtner wins a free-kick 30 yards out on the right.
J Poulsen tries a powerful low effort from 30 yards in front of goal but the keeper punches away for a Denmark throw in 15 yards out on the left.
Denmark win a throw in 35 yards out on the left. They take and punt the ball forward but Japan clear.
Endo tries to feed the ball through to Honda in the box but he is given offside. You can sense more goals are to come.
Nagatomo makes a good run at goal before trying an effort from 35 yards in front of goal but he blasts well over.
Lacobsen crosses from 30 yards out on the right, Bendtner flicks on to Tomasson who tries to slot home from close range but his first touch is heavy and allows Kawashima to deflect it out for a corner on the right.
Rommedahl crosses from 22 yards out on the right but first Tomasson misses it and then Kahlenberg, not expecting the ball, miskicks at the far post and it goes out for a goal kick.
Denmark win their own free-kick 30 yards out on the left. Bendtner takes but it hits the wall and goes out for a Denmark throw in 12 yards on the left.
Endo hits the free-kick towards goal and it is a routine catch for Sorensen but he spills it and puts it on to his right post before Matsui blasts over.
Matsui releases Honda down the left flank. He runs into the box before crossing back to Matsui but it is too far in front and Denmark win a throw in.
The players are coming back on the pitch - we'll soon be underway again. This should be a good half of football!
Stewart, another of our betting staff, has been in touch to say: "Great effort from the Japanese and desperate Denmark have to go for broke in the 2nd half. It is 5/4 over 3.5 Goals and given the circumstances this could be a runner. Van persie has scored for Holland and Denmark need his Arsenal partner Bendtner to get Denmark back in it and he is 13/2 to score next." Thanks for the info Stewart!
My colleague Pete also informs me that Kalu Uche also scored a long range free-kick for Nigeria against Greece so that makes it two free-kick goals prior to tonight. Cheers Pete!
Marto says: "I would like to stress this is not the first direct free kick that has gone in .. There was one against Nigeria by a south Korean player." Derek says: "These are not the first direct freekicks scored in the tournament, Park Chu Young scored one against Nigeria." That is correct guys - I was just about to post up this information myself after some discussion here!! Any more views / predictions - my 2-0 scoreline to the Danes is looking distinctly bad now!!
Fancy a bet? Jaymes our betting man has been back in touch to say: "Denmark 18/1, Draw 11/2, Japan 1/7, Japan have come out firing here with two impressive free kicks giving them a 2 goal lead, and look good to go on and win this at 1/6. A bit of money now going on a correct score of 3-0 at 11/2. We are decent winners in the FGS market with only a few bets on Honda pre match at 10/1. Holland (1/6) and Japan (1/7) look good to go on and win their respective games and qualify from the group." Cheers Jaymes.
Liam has been in touch to say: "What an amazing first half, Japan fully deserve their lead, the goals from Honda and Endo were spectacular by far the two best goals in the world cup so far, Denmark don't have a clue what has hit them they really need to get going the 2 Danish wingers need to run down the wings and rain the crosses in that's the only way I think they will manage to get the goals they need. If I were in Takeshi Okads shoes I would be telling the team to keep the pressure up and keep creating chances and they will break through and get a third and forth goal, I would get on Honda to be the next goalscorer. Denmark are giving away too many dangerous free kicks around their area and it has cost them dearly, twice. If they continue to play like this expect a 3-0 or 4-0 scoreline for the men from Japan. I bet they are jumping for joy in Japan." I bet they are Liam, thanks for your views.
HALF TIME. The ref blows for half time and Japan go in two goals to the good. Denmark need three in the second half to salvage their World Cup hopes.
Matsui crosses from the right but Agger partially blocks and Honda re-starts a Japan attack but Matsui is then given offside.
Ian asks: "Is that the first goal scored directly from a free kick in the tournament? All the others I have seen have been blasted into the wall or ballooned up to row Z." We think it is also, but any views out there?
Komano runs into the right side of the box and tries an effort from a tight angle, forcing Sorensen to push the ball over for a corner.
S Poulsen takes the free-kick short to C Poulsen but his effort is at a good height and Kawashima gathers easily.
Matsui tries to run into the right side of the box but C Poulsen tackles and Denmark partially clear. Japan come again but Denmark hold firm - just as Okubo miskicks.
Japan win another free-kick 30 yards out on the right. This time Honda's effort is headed away by Kahlenberg.
Denmark switch play from the right to left flank before S Poulsen tries to cross from 10 yards out but his effort blazes well over and wide.
Matsui tries to get on a Komano pass on the right flank but S Poulsen tackles and Denmark clear the danger.
Bendtner tries to pass through the Japan defence but Rommedahl can not get on the ball and it goes out for a goal kick.
Denmark play a good passing move down the right flank before Rommedahl crosses from 15 yards out but Japan clear in the box.
GOAL - ENDO!!!! Wow, the Japanese score again from a free-kick. This time Endo places it around the wall and into the left corner of Sorensen's net!! Fantastic!! Can the Danes come back from this now - they now need three.
Agger hits a long crossfield ball to Tomasson on the right flank but he can not control the ball and it goes out for a throw in 25 yards out.
Harry has been back in touch to say: "Best free kick of the world cup so far." Too right mate, a beauty!! Any more views / predictions? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Kahlenberg takes the corner but the ref blows for an infringement on the keeper and it is a Japan free-kick.
C Poulsen puts a ball into the box and Tomasson runs onto it but he can not get a touch and the keeper pushes it out for a corner on the right.
Japan continue to press down the right flank. Matsui tries to keep a throw in in play by the byline but the ball goes out for a goal kick.
GOAL - HONDA!!!! Honda hits the free-kick around the wall and into the right side of the goal. The ball takes a swerve, wrong-footing Sorensen and into the net!!
Denmark break forward quickly and Tomasson tries a shot from a tight angle on the left but his effort flashes just wide of Kawashima's left post.
Ekubo crosses from the left into the box and Matsui tries to get a touch on the ball and he makes a little flick and Sorensen is able to save. Japan come again down the right flank and release Hasebe in the box but he shoots just over from 10 yards.
Japan win a free-kick 30 yards out on the right. Endo is booked for time-wasting before he takes the kick.
Denmark continue to press, keeping good possession before S Poulsen is felled on the edge of the Japanese box but the ref waves play on.
Denmark take the corner and Kroldrup volleys the ball eight yards out at the far post but his effort goew well wide.
S Poulsen cross from 15 yards on the left takes a deflection off Komano and goes out for a corner on the right. Tomasson almost got on it at the far post but the Danes have to settle for a corner.
C Poulsen punts a long ball forward for Bendtner to chase in the right corner but the Arsenal striker can not get on it and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
The Danes put together a slick passing move down the right flank before Jacobsen crosses from 20 yards out on the right but his cross is overhit and rolls out harmlessly at the far side for a goal kick.
Jorgensen plays a one-two with Poulsen before running into the box but he skies his effort from 15 yards over.
Endo puts the free-kick into the box but Agger heads clear before the Danes win a free-kick of their own 25 yards out on the right after a foul by Honda.
Japan continue to press on the right flank and win a succession of throw ins before winning a free-kick 25 yards out.
Japan win a throw in 25 yards out on the right off S Poulsen. They take put the Danes win their own throw in.
Kick-off close - we're on with the national anthems at present, there is a good atmosphere in the stadium.
FIRST VIEW - Harry has been in touch to say: "Denmark to win! Was that five goals or six?" Don't ask me Harry - I think it will be two!!
Jaymes our betting man has been in touch to say: "Denmark are the favourites here and are well backed, but there is also a few quid on Japan and the draw. The price boost for FGS is working with Tomasson well backed at 8/1, there is also a few quid on Bendtner at 6/1. In the correct score market, there isn't much in it between either team winning 2-1 and a 2-2 draw." Thanks for the info Jaymes, I think Bendtner will get both goals in a 2-0 win! What are your views / predictions? Send them to email@example.com and I will post up the best.
Team news - Denmark boss Morten Olsen makes two changes to his side, with defender Per Kroldrup replacing the suspended Simon Kjaer, while on the left wing Thomas Kahlenberg returns to the side in place of Jesper Gronkjaer. Meanwhile, Japan coach Takeshi Okada keeps faith with the same team that started their previous two matches.
Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 11/10 for a Denmark win, 23/10 for the draw and 5/2 for a Japan victory. I'm going for a 2-0 win to the Danes with Bendtner to score first which pays a handsome 33/1! What are your views / predictions for tonight's game? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post up the best throughout the evening.
Teams - Japan: Kawashima, Komano, Nakazawa, Tanaka, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Matsui, Abe, Endo, Okubo, Honda. Subs: Narazaki, Uchida, Okazaki, Shunsuke Nakamura, Tamada, Yano, Iwamasa, Kengo Nakamura, Konno, Morimoto, Inamoto, Kawaguchi.
Teams - Denmark: Sorensen, Jacobsen, Agger, Kroldrup, Simon Poulsen, Jorgensen, Christian Poulsen, Kahlenberg, Tomasson, Rommedahl, Bendtner. Subs: Andersen, Kvist, Jensen, Gronkjaer, Jakob Poulsen, Beckmann, Larsen, Enevoldsen, Eriksen, Mtiliga, Christiansen.