Denmark beats Australia in Euro 2012 warmup game

Denmark beat Australia 2-0 in the last exhibition match on

Saturday before the European Championship.

Daniel Agger hit a penalty shot in the 31st and Andreas Bjelland

scored the second from a corner in the 66th.

The Danes dominated the first half. Although Australia had

better possession in the second, the Socceroos failed to convert

several chances despite Danish side’s slowdown following the

two-goal lead.

“They were tired. They have had a tough week because they have

been training all week long,” said Denmark’s coach Morten Olsen.

“It is important for us that we have a win at this moment.”

Goalie Stephan Andersen proved a worthy replacement for veteran

Thomas Sorensen, who was taken off the Denmark squad because of a

back injury he sustained during a friendly against Brazil a week

ago. Denmark lost 3-1.

Denmark will play Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands in the

group stage of the Euro 2012 that begins June 8 in Poland.

Ukraine is the co-host of the tournament.