TALKING WORLD CUP
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After witnessing Senegal shock France, David Pleat headed to Ulsan and in his latest notes gives his take on the strenghs and weaknessess of Denmark and Uruguay.
EARLY THE FOLLOWING morning after opening night in Seoul we flew to Ulsan to see Uruguay play Denmark.
Denmark impressed me with their ability to get the ball out wide at every opportunity and attack the South Americans down the flanks.
Gronkjaer lacked a purposeful final ball but, in making the vital goal for Tomasson was always a too big a threat to Mendez, the Uruguayan right-back. Whilst Rommedahl from PSV plays outside-right, like an old fashioned winger.
Always looking for one-twos, he got his crosses in early and always looked to use his pace to his advantage. He also switched wings regularly with Gronkjaer.
In the last 20 or so minutes, Jorgensen, the Udinese wide man, came on to give us a further treat - but it was Tomasson who stole the show with two excellent goals and Denmark, with their bubbling fans, deserved to win.
Uruguay's strategy was unsatisfactory I felt. In an attempt to keep three players up the field, the ineffective Abreu, the much-vaunted Recoba and Dario Silva. In trying to keep three players in advanced positions, when defending they fell short in protecting their full-backs.
Tofting and Gravesen continually sprayed the ball wide to the Danes' dual wide threats. Recoba, surely the most talented Uruguayan, was, like so many outstanding ball players, the 'Curates' Egg'.
When he received the ball he was a lively, clever player with a whirlwind of a shot and a superb dead ball specialist. But he did not appreciate the work he needs to do when possession changes hands.
He could have dropped in a bit deeper to aid the Uruguayan cause.
In the end, Tomasson's header with a few minutes to go settled th game and I expect Uruguay to depart after their next two games.
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