Danes eliminate Cameroon

Cameroon goalkeeper Hamidou Souleymanou (left) thwarts Denmark's Dennis Rommedahl from scoring a goal during their Group E match.

However, Cameroon, Africa's modern World Cup trailblazers, became the first African side eliminated from the continent's inaugural tournament when they somehow lost 2-1 to Denmark.

The Indomitable Lions, the country that first alerted the world to the improvement in African soccer when they qualified for their first finals in Spain in 1982 and reached the quarter-finals in 1990, are out after this defeat followed their opening 1-0 loss to Japan.

Image: Denmark's Dennis Rommedahl (right) takes a tumble a challenge from Cameroon goalkeeper Hamidou Souleymanou