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"I found a good position and the ball was very good," Honda said. "I just told myself to be calm to make it, because recently we have missed good chances, so I wanted to make it absolute today."
Cameroon didn't get its offense on track until the second half, but never found the net despite the presence of star striker Samuel Eto'o.
"We were too nervous in the first half. We lost many, many balls because we were nervous and that is why I am disappointed tonight," Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen said. "They were not playing to their best of their ability and we were not able to release our potential this evening, and that is really disappointing."
Through 11 games, there have been eight shutouts, with the only matches where both teams scored coming in 1-1 draws between the United States and England, South Africa and Mexico, and Italy vs. Paraguay. Through Monday, no winning team had allowed a goal.
The Italy-Paraguay match at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town started on time despite a wage dispute between stewards and a security contractor. Police took over responsibility for security both in Cape Town and in Durban.
Also, noise about the vuvuzela went right to the top at FIFA again, with president Sepp Blatter defending the loud plastic horns that are commonplace at soccer matches in South Africa.
"I have always said that Africa has a different rhythm, a different sound," Blatter said in a Twitter message. "I don't see banning the music traditions of fans in their own country."
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