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Updated: Saturday June 01, 2002 10:52 PM ET
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ULSAN, South Korea (Ticker) -- Denmark maintained its perfect record in its opening matches at World Cup tournaments.

Jan Dahl Tomasson struck twice, including the winner with seven minutes left, as Denmark posted a 2-1 victory over Uruguay in a Group A clash.

Denmark improved to 3-0 in its World Cup openers. In 1986, the Scandinavians defeated Scotland, 1-0, in their first game in group play and matched that performance four years ago against Saudi Arabia.

Tomasson's game-winning header grazed the underside of the crossbar after a pin-point cross from substitute Martin Jorgensen. Teammate Niclas Jensen sparked the move, winning a tackle near the sideline.

The 25-year-old Tomasson opened his World Cup account just before halftime following a fine exchange with Jesper Gronkjaer on the left flank.

"They were not only good goals, but the combination for these goals was marvelous," Denmark coach Morten Olsen said. "It was good to see as a coach that something you are training for on the pitch shows in the game."

Tomasson was the second leading scorer for Dutch side Feyenoord this past season with 17 goals, helping his club lift the UEFA Cup. He already has been snapped up by Italian giant AC Milan for the next campaign.

Uruguay equalized just a minute into the second half when 27-year-old Dario Rodriguez connected on a superb 22-yard left-footed volley. Alvaro Recoba's corner was cleared by the Danish defense, but only as far as Pablo Garcia, who controlled the ball before flipping it to Rodriguez.

"We played a good match," Uruguay coach Victor Pua said. "Denmark knew how to score at the right moment."

The Danes have won both of their all-time World Cup encounters with the Uruguayans. Denmark crushed the two-time World Cup winner, 6-1, during group play in the Scandinavians' debut at Mexico '86.

Striker Ebbe Sand, who led Denmark in qualifying with five goals, almost collected the opening goal after just 12 minutes, sending a dangerous header off the crossbar.

Meanwhile, Recoba came closest to scoring for Uruguay. The skillful midfielder-forward saw his 25-yard free kick covered by goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen after 23 minutes and also failed to convert on a long-range shot following a solo run down the middle in the 64th minute.

The result puts Uruguay and France in a difficult position, entering their June 6 with no points from their respective opening matches and knowing a defeat likely means the end of that nation's World Cup.

"France are still the favorites," Olsen said. "They are very difficult to play. Second place is still for Uruguay, Senegal and Denmark."

 


 
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