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Tuesday, 11 June, 2002, 09:57 GMT 10:57 UK
Denmark make Olsen happy
Morten Olsen has guided Denmark to the top of Group A
Denmark have again reached the knockout stages
Denmark coach Morten Olsen was a happy man after his team's 2-0 victory over world champions France secured them top spot in World Cup Group A.

Denmark's impressive win revived memories of their World Cup debut in 1986 as well as four years ago when the Danes reached the quarter-finals.

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Having Zidane back in the team was a boost for France but we marked him very well.
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Danish coach Morten Olsen

"It was a very difficult group especially after France lost the first game and we saw the quality of Uruguay and Senegal," said Olsen.

"We had a good day, the team played well and with a lot of confidence and discipline.

"We had to be well organised but I thought we played some good combination football as well."

Olsen instructed Christian Poulsen to man-mark the influential Zinedine Zidane and as a result the Frenchman was never allowed to dominate the game.

"Having Zidane back in the team was a boost for France but we marked him very well.

Denmark will now play the runners-up in group F with Seengal facing the winners of that group.

Sweden, England and Argentina are the three countries in contention for the top two places.

But Olsen would not reveal who he would prefer to play in the next round, saying only: "It was most important that we qualified."


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DENMARK 3 +3 7
SENEGAL 3 +1 5
URUGUAY 3 -1 2
FRANCE 3 -3 1




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