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Sunday, 2 June, 2002, 17:44 GMT 18:44 UK
Molby recalls glory days
Former Danish international Jan Molby
Molby played in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico

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Denmark's victory over Uruguay on Saturday brought the happy memories flooding back for former Danish international Jan Molby.

Molby was part of the Denmark squad that destroyed Uruguay 6-1 at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico - the sides' only previous World Cup meeting.

Saturday's 2-1 win, with both goals coming from Jon Dahl Tomasson, does not realistically rank alongside the memorable performance of 16 years ago.

But Molby believes it could mark the birth of another pack of Great Danes.

"I think it's hard to emulate what we did in terms of the football we played, but the 2002 team is a good team in its own right," Molby told BBC Sport Online.

"They play differently from us. They are well organised and work very hard and I think they are going to be a handful for anyone."

Uruguay coach Victor Pua had promised to rebuild his nation's pride as the countries finally met again in Korea.

Uruguayans still feel the pain of that Mexico defeat, which ranks as one of the great humiliations in their proud history.

But Molby insists Pua's side are not on a par with the team torn apart by Denmark 16 years ago.

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"We were quite confident going into the competition and I never felt for one minute that Uruguay were going to stop us," Molby said.

"Senegal and certainly France will be stiff opposition but I was always confident we were going to beat Uruguay.

"The game in 1986 was one of those that will probably never be forgotten.

"Uruguay were the reigning South American champions and they had one of the greatest defences in the world.

"For us to tear them apart in the way that we did made everyone take notice of Denmark again.

"After that we went on to beat Germany in the next game so it wasn't a fluke.

Denmark's Jon Dahl Tomasson
Jon Dahl Tomasson scored twice in Denmark's 2-1 victory

"We remember it well and it has gone down in history in Denmark but it has also gone down in history throughout the world."

Denmark won their group of three in Mexico but then suffered a humiliation of their own as they were beaten 5-1 by Spain in the second round.

But Molby believes Morten Olsen's current Danish side has the strength to reach the quarter finals.

"With the system we play - 4-3-3 with two wingers - our wide men can cause a lot of problems.

"It was a good start against Uruguay. There were a lot of workmanlike performances with one or two people who really played well.

"But I still think there is more to come from Denmark."


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