Monday, November 29, 1999

Danes refuse to be downcast ahead of Cameroon clash

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Driving rain and a creaky attack were not enough dampen the mood in the Denmark World Cup camp on Wednesday.Even a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands in their opening Group E fixture has failed to cast a dark cloud as the Danes face the prospect of a must win clash against Cameroon in Pretoria on Saturday."It's upbeat, the Danish are always upbeat," Denmark keeper Thomas Sorensen told Reuters. "I think that is one of the good things about our team."We have a great team spirit that's what has carried us through. One defeat is not going to bring us down.Denmark have never lost to an African side at the World Cup with a win and two draws in previous meetings but the Danish attack continues to be an area of grave concern with Jon Dahl Tomasson (thigh) and Mikkel Beckmann (toe) training alone.The Danes have not scored in their last three matches.Bothered by a groin injury that had kept him sideline for nearly seven weeks, Nicklas Bendtner had been the big question mark heading into the Danes tournament opener.But the forward was pressed into service just hours before the opening whistle when Tomasson came up lame.Bendtner played 60 minutes but question remain about his fitness."I still have a few days yet to consider my options," Denmark coach Morten Olsen told Reuters. "But this is match where we need a result and if people are ready to play, they will play."Young defender Simon Kjaer (knee) and midfielder Daniel Jensen (achilles) trained with the team despite nagging injuries.(Editing by Nigel Hunt)
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