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Danish coach Morten Olsen has admitted that he was pleased to start the campaign with a win but warned his side that they still face an uphill battle if they are to qualify for the next stage.

‘The first game is always a nervous affair and it’s psychologically difficult,” said Olsen.

“I thought that afterthe first 25 minutes we controlled the game physically, tactically and technically with some good combination football and two very good combination goals.

“After France and Senegal, this was a very good game for the public which is also very important, although it’s easy to say that when you’ve just won.”

He added: “I think you are going to see a lot more attacking football at this World Cup.”

However, he warned against complacency creeping into his players’ thoughts.

“I still think France are still the favourites but they had a hard game against Senegal who had nothing to lose and made it very difficult for them. I think now that Senegal and Denmark are playing for second place.” But he had some comfort for Uruguay.

“They are a very good team,” he said, “and they are not out of it yet, as there are stillsix points to play for.

“They have one really good player in Recoba but I thought that although he is their strongest player he can still be a weakness.”

Goalscoring hero Jon Dahl Tomasson deflected attention away from his brace, stating: “The whole team played really well today but we have to keep focused on the next game.”

Despite the defeat, vanquished coachVictor Pua remained confident his side could progress and he fired out a warning to holders France, whom Uruguay meet next. “We are in the same position as France now and that is good for us, even though we will have to play a lot better to beat them,’ said Pua.

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