|Uruguay||1 - 2||Denmark|
|(HT: 0 - 1)|
Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium
Saad Mane (KUW)
|1||1 Jun 2002||Gustavo Mendez||Yellow Card||First Half||25||H|
|2||1 Jun 2002||Jan Heintze||Yellow Card||First Half||34||A|
|3||1 Jun 2002||Jon Dahl Tomasson||Goal||First Half||45||A|
|4||1 Jun 2002||Dario Rodriguez||Goal||Second Half||2||H|
|5||1 Jun 2002||Martin Laursen||Yellow Card||Second Half||6||A|
|6||1 Jun 2002||Jan Heintze||Player Out||Second Half||13||A|
|7||1 Jun 2002||Niclas Jensen||Substitute In||Second Half||13||A|
|8||1 Jun 2002||Jesper Gronkjaer||Player Out||Second Half||25||A|
|9||1 Jun 2002||Martin Jorgensen||Substitute In||Second Half||25||A|
|10||1 Jun 2002||Alvaro Recoba||Player Out||Second Half||35||H|
|11||1 Jun 2002||Mario Regueiro||Substitute In||Second Half||35||H|
|12||1 Jun 2002||Jon Dahl Tomasson||Goal||Second Half||38||A|
|13||1 Jun 2002||Dario Rodriguez||Player Out||Second Half||42||H|
|14||1 Jun 2002||Gerardo Federico Magallanes||Substitute In||Second Half||42||H|
|15||1 Jun 2002||Sebastian Abreu||Player Out||Second Half||43||H|
|16||1 Jun 2002||Richard Morales||Substitute In||Second Half||43||H|
|17||1 Jun 2002||Ebbe Sand||Player Out||Second Half||44||A|
|18||1 Jun 2002||Christian Poulsen||Substitute In||Second Half||44||A|
|Jon Dahl Tomasson scored late in either half to give Denmark a vital 2-1 win over Uruguay in their opening World Cup Group A match.
With group favourites France having been stunned 0-1 by Senegal in Friday's tournament-opener both sides were looking to take full advantage. And it was the Danes who took provisional pole position in the group ahead of the Senegalese on goals scored after Newcastle reject Tomasson stormed to the top of the goalscoring charts with fine finishes on the stroke of half-time and seven minutes from the end. Tomasson side-footed home a Jesper Gronkjaer cross to break the deadlock and give the Danes a lead they barely deserved in terms of possession.
Dario Rodriguez smashed home a brilliant left-foot volley from some 25 metres for the equaliser barely two minutes after the restart, netting only his third goal in the light blue of the 'Charruas'. But Tomasson, who had a nightmare season with Newcastle five years ago but refound his form at Dutch side Feyenoord, winning the UEFA Cup this season to earn a big-money move to AC Milan, struck the winner when it seemed the game was headed for a draw. The 25-year-old outjumped two static defenders to power home a header after a cross from Martin Jorgensen. Milan appear to have bought the right man if Tomasson's finishes are anything to go by.
Should the Danes now beat Senegal in Daegu on Thursday they will claim a berth in the second phase while the Uruguayans face having to hand France a second defeat in Busan the same day if they are to pull their campaign out of its early nosedive.
Rodriguez, a 27-year-old Ronaldo lookalike, tried his party piece again some 15 minutes later - but this time an oustretched Danish leg got in the way. Thereafter the contest, which had been end-to-end in the opening period, developed into more of a tactical game of chess. But the Danes had a trump card in fired-up Tomasson - and their opponents lost theirs when Inter Milan star Alvaro Recoba, who had been carrying a leg muscle injury all week but reported fit enough to start, went off with 20 minutes remaining having been at the hub of most of his side's best moves.
The Uruguayans, playing their first finals since 1990 and looking to avenge a 6-1 beating in the 1986 competition against the Danes, risked leaving Richard Morales on the bench despite the striker's two goals in the playoff win which sent Uruguay through to the finals at Australia's expense last November. By the time coach Victor Pua send Morales on for Abreu in the 88th minute it was too late. The Danes were relying on Schalke striker Ebbe Sand to blossom as he did in 1998, when they reached the quarters before an unlucky loss to Brazil. And Sand was desperately unlucky in the 12th minute when he saw a diving header bounce up and hit the bar with keeper Fabian Carini beaten.
But it was Tomasson who ended up stealing the limelight. Chelsea flier Gronkjaer was proving a thorn in Uruguay's flesh and Gustavo Mendez was booked on 25 minutes for bringing down the Dane - who withdrew from the fray midway through the second half to be replaced by Jorgensen of Italian outfit Udinese. Martin Laursen crunched into Abreu as Kuwaiti referee Saad Mane added his name to his notebook.
(courtesy of dailysoccer)
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