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Wednesday, 5 June, 2002, 14:45 GMT 15:45 UK
Waiting for Denmark
Senegal fans
Fans are hopeful of a victory, but not complacent

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Despite Friday's historic victory against France, Senegalese fans are not underestimating Thursday's opponents, Denmark.

"Robust", "athletic", "rigorous", "good on the break", "strong at the back"; these are the usual compliments from Senegalese fans, while Jon Dahl Tomasson is seen as the main threat to the Senegalese defence.

"It is going to be tight, probably 1-0 to Senegal", predicted fan Ibrahima Niang.

"The game will probably be won in midfield. The Danes are good, particularly Ebbe Sand, but I can't see them breaking through our midfield."

Lamine Diop, brother of Senegal's goal-scorer Pape Bouba Diop, watched Denmark's 2-1 win against Uruguay and was impressed.

"They are very physical and very organsised. But if we play the same way we play against France, we will do it.

"The team has to keep its head on its shoulders and its feet on the ground".

Diop also noted the likely absence of Danish midfielder Tofting as a key positive for the Senegalese.

Football fever is again taking over as fans get ready for the 6.30 am kick-off.

The match should be over before the start of working hours, so there will be no second public holiday. But schools may start later than usual.

"It's simply not worth us making the kids come in before the game is over", said Amadou Kane, a head teacher in Tivouane, 90 kilometres north of Dakar.

The press is firmly behind the side, if a little cautious.

"They have to unravel the traps set by the Danes", warns Dakar daily Walfadjri, pointing out that the Vikings had a brilliant qualifying record, topping their group and conceding only a handful of goals.

Les Frasques, meanwhile, notes that in Ebbe Sand, Denmark have their own "Serial Killer" - the nickname given to star striker El Hadji Diouf.


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