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  • June 2, 2012
  • • 23:00
  • • Parken, København
  • Referee: A. Damato
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Denmark 2-0 Australia: Agger and Bjelland strike to seal morale-boosting win for Danes

Denmark 2-0 Australia: Agger and Bjelland strike to seal morale-boosting win for Danes

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Goals midway through either half in Copenhagen gave Morten Olsen's side a deserved victory in their final warm-up before the start of Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine

Denmark rounded off their preparations for Euro 2012 with a convincing 2-0 win over Australia in their international friendly encounter at Parken stadium on Saturday.

A penalty kick won and converted by skipper Daniel Agger gave the Danes the lead at the half-hour mark, and substitute Andreas Bjelland put the match beyond any doubt with his first international goal midway through the second half.

After their disappointing loss to Brazil last week, the win was a welcome one for Morten Olsen's men, who were untroubled for much of the game by an Aussie side happy to defend deep and play on the counter.

Denmark were on the front foot right from the off, monopolising possession and keeping their opponents pinned back deep in their own half.

It took 16 minutes for them to register their first strike on goal, but Niki Zimling's long-range effort was straight at Mark Schwarzer.

While Olsen's side looked comfortable, they were frustrated by the dogged defending of the Australians, who crowded out the hosts whenever they ventured into the attacking third.

But the Danes' patience on the ball paid off as a breakthrough finally arrived on the half-hour mark, courtesy of a penalty won and converted by the unlikeliest of sources.

Some neat build-up play ended with Christian Eriksen playing a delightful backheel pass to captain Agger, who had charged into the Socceroos box before being felled by Matthew Spiranovic.

The Liverpool defender then picked himself up to calmly slot the resulting spot kick into the right-hand corner of the net, giving the home side a well deserved lead.

The goal finally seemed to spark Holger Osieck's men into life, however, as Mark Bresciano drew back-to-back saves from Stephan Andersen.

Harry Kewell dragged a shot wide a few minutes into the second half as the Aussies, who have won eight of their last 10 internationals, picked up the tempo.

Alex Brosque then spurned a glorious chance to restore parity as Kewell's deft flick left him one-on-one with the goalkeeper, who smothered the striker's finish.

That miss was to prove costly as Denmark got their second 67 minutes into the game through substitute Bjelland, who pounced on a loose ball in the box from a Danish corner.

Nicklas Bendtner should have increased the lead even further but blasted his finish embarrassingly wide after evading his marker deep inside the area.

Dennis Rommedahl then drew a routine save from Schwarzer before substitute Tobias Mikkelsen unleashed a powerful drive wide of goal as the hosts ended the encounter on the ascendancy.

Denmark open up their Euro 2012 campaign against the Netherlands next week in Kharkiv, while the Socceroos travel to Oman for a World Cup qualifier on Friday.

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