Japan vs. Denmark is an elimination game.
The way Group E lays out, the winner of this game will advance to the knockout round and the loser will leave South Africa early.
If the game were to end in a draw, Japan would win on goal differential. But neither team will be looking for a tie.
Both teams are going for the win.
Denmark did not qualify for the 2006 World Cup or the 2008 European Championship. The Danes do not want to leave South Africa early.
Japan has never advanced from the group stage away from Asian soil. They are looking to prove that their run in 2002 was not a fluke.
Both teams have talented players that soccer fans should be familiar with. Let’s take a look at the players who will have a huge influence on today’ match.