World Cup: Group E Passing and Shooting Summary

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 24: Klaas Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands is tackled by Stephane Mbia of Cameroon during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group E match between Cameroon and Netherlands at Green Point Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Aside from a slightly higher shooting percentage, Group E doesn't stand out from the rest of the World Cup games:

Passes/G Weighted Avg Shots/G Goals/G Shot%
Group E 363 75.32 20.8 10.50 1.17 11.11
Overall 351 75 21.4 10.84 1.08 9.96

Holland cruised to three wins, so it's no surprise that they controlled most of the passing in their games:

Passes For Weighted Vs Weighted % of Pass
Holland 1412 266 932 187.1 60.2
Japan 721 158 1341 269.9 35.0
Denmark 976 206.7 1104 257.3 46.9
Cameroon 1241 273.1 973 189.5 56.1

What's a surprise is Cameroon's high percentage of passes - they were down quite a bit, losing all three games, but it's still surprising to see them control the ball like that.

Holland was clearly the best team in the group, and we see solid performance by Cameroon again - I haven't checked, but it would be interested to know how much of their outshooting (and outpassing) came while they were down:

Shots F Goals Sh% Shots A Goals Sh%
Holland 33 5 15.15 27 1 3.70
Japan 26 4 15.38 29 2 6.90
Denmark 32 3 9.38 45 6 13.33
Cameroon 35 2 5.71 25 5 20.00

Game-by-game passing stats follow:

Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals
Holland 470 96.8 20.6 12 2 Denmark 221 39.4 17.8 8 0
Holland 398 71.8 18.0 13 2 Cameroon 451 91.7 20.3 10 1
Holland 544 97.4 17.9 8 1 Japan 260 56 21.5 9 0
Total 1412 266 18.8 33 5 Total 932 187.1 20.1 27 1
Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals
Japan 204 52.2 25.6 14 3 Denmark 437 99.4 22.7 15 1
Japan 260 56 21.5 9 0 Holland 544 97.4 17.9 8 1
Japan 257 49.8 19.4 3 1 Cameroon 360 73.1 20.3 6 0
Total 721 158 21.9 26 4 Total 1341 269.9 20.1 29 2
Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals
Denmark 221 39.4 17.8 8 0 Holland 470 96.8 20.6 12 2
Denmark 437 99.4 22.7 15 1 Japan 204 52.2 25.6 14 3
Denmark 318 67.9 21.4 9 2 Cameroon 430 108.3 25.2 19 1
Total 976 206.7 21.2 32 3 Total 1104 257.3 23.3 45 6
Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals Team Passes Weighted Avg Shots Goals
Cameroon 451 91.7 20.3 10 1 Holland 398 71.8 18.0 13 2
Cameroon 430 108.3 25.2 19 1 Denmark 318 67.9 21.4 9 2
Cameroon 360 73.1 20.3 6 0 Japan 257 49.8 19.4 3 1
Total 1241 273.1 22.0 35 2 Total 973 189.5 19.5 25 5

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