Within the first two minutes of this Uruguay
vs Denmark World Cup match both teams created attacking opportunities. The game was off to
a good start.
For Uruguay, it was Dario Silva and Alvaro
Recoba who were causing the Danes most of the early problems, although both teams looked
as though they could trouble France; if the French don't sharpen up after their dismal
opening day performance.
Stig Tofting and Thomas Gravesen marshaled the
Danish midfield well, although Tofting was lucky to get away without a card after
screaming in the referee's face..... the referees seem to be fairly relaxed in the World
Cup games we've seen so far.
There was plenty of action in the first half
and Denmark were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty three minutes before the break, after
Mendez (already on a yellow card) tugged down Jon Dahl Tomasson in the area.
-- GOAL -- 0-1
To make up for the injustice, Jon Dahl Tomasson put Denmark ahead a
couple of minutes later. The Feyenoord player latched onto a low cross from the left with
a first time sidefoot from the edge of the six-yard box -- 45 mins.
With no time left for Uruguay to reply.....
Half-time: Uruguay 0 --
The goal just before half-time didn't take the
wind of Uruguay's sails.
-- GOAL -- 1-1
Uruguay drew level with a wicked left foot strike on the volley from Dario
Rodriguez... a dream goal -- 47 mins.
The game was all to play for......
Alvaro Recoba showed wonderful skill again but
couldn't manage to get through two Danish defenders.
The Danes continued to push for another goal,
even though the climate was obviously taking more out of the Scandinavians than the South
Americans. And it paid off, once Uruguay's Recoba was substituted.
-- GOAL -- 1-2 Tomasson gets his second goal of the game and becomes the tournament's
leading scorer..... heading in a cross from substitute Martin Jorgensen -- 83 mins.
A combination of substitutions were made in
the later stages, as Denmark tried to hold on to their lead and Uruguay struggled for an