Denmark: Thomas Sorensen, Thomas Helveg, Rene Henriksen, Steven Lustu, Jan Heintze (Niclas Jensen, 87), Stig Tofting (Brian Steen Nielsen, 65), Thomas Gravesen, Martin Jorgensen (Claus Jensen, 46), Dennis Rommedahl ( Jan Michaelsen, 80), Jon Dahl Tomasson, Jesper Gronkjær ( Peter Lovenkrands, 46).
Cameroon: Alioum Boukar, Christian Tchuisse, Rigobert Song ( Pierre Njanka, 46), Lucien Mettomo ( Raymond Kalla, 46), Pierre Wome, Eric Djemba, Nicolas Alnoujdi (Bill Tchato, 46), Salomon Olembe (Daniel Ngom Kome, 46), Modeste Mbami ( Guy Feutchine, 83), Joel Epalle ( Joseph Ndo, 76), Joseph-Desire Job (Francis Kioyo, 46).
IZUMO, Japan, May 25 (AFP)
Two goals from Robbie Keane gave Ireland a hard-fought 2-1 win over J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima here Saturday, but the injury problems mounted for **** McCarthy's side.
With inspirational skipper Roy Keane sent home in disgrace after a bust-up with McCarthy, injuries to two other midfielders - Jason McAteer and Kevin Kilbane - left the coach with a major headache before the opener with Cameroon at Niigata on Saturday.
McAteer's injury appeared to be the most serious as he was carried off on a stretcher following a 35th minute sliding tackle from a Hiroshima defender as he prepared to cross from the right.
There were fears that the Sunderland player could have damaged medial ligaments in his left knee and he was sent for a scan to determine the extent of the damage.
Kilbane was also forced off sustaining an ankle injury after 62 minutes on a tackle from Yuichi Komano.
In the match itself, the Irish fell behind five minutes from half-time when Tatsuhiko Kubo was left with a clear header from six yards out.
Four minutes later though they were back on level terms when Kilbane flicked on a corner and Robbie Keane was on hand to head home at the far post.
The winning goal came after 78 minutes Niall Quinn headed down a long ball from Mark Kinsella for Keane to pick his spot.