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Denmark rallies to beat US 3-1 in friendly

DENMARK'S three second-half goals fed a comeback 3-1 friendly win over United States in the last outing of the year for the both World Cup teams yesterday.

Danish substitutes Johan Absalonsen, Soren Rieks and Martin Bernburg all found the net within 10 minutes after the break in front of 15,000 fans at NRGi Park.

Absalonsen scored in the 46th after receiving the ball from Simon Kjaer's looped shot over Jonathan Spector. Five minutes later, Rieks collected a low pass from Absalonsen to beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Bernburg added a third goal in the 55th minute.

Jeff Cunningham gave the US the lead in the 26th with a left-footed shot following an error from veteran goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

The Danes were dull and uninspiring in the first half, allowing the Americans to control most of the possession.

"It was a surrealistic experience after a first half with not much happening," Absalonsen said.

The Danes' first attempt came in the second minute when Jakob Poulsen looped a long ball behind the defense to Jesper Gronkjaer, who shot over the crossbar.

However, the US then had several chances. Benny Feilhaber's seventh-minute shot was deflected by a diving Sorensen.

Cunningham, who played for the US for the first time in four years on Saturday against Slovakia, then scored his first goal in 12 internationals.

However, Denmark coach Morten Olsen sent on his three scoring substitutes after the break to change the game.

Olsen said the Danes "lacked energy" in the first half, adding the side had then proved that it has "some good talents."

After Saturday's 1-0 loss to Slovakia, US coach Bob Bradley called up midfielders Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden and defender Edgar Castillo to replace Clint Dempsey, Chad Marshall and Steve Cherundolo.

"It kind of stinks that we ended it this way. You never want to go out on a loss," US captain Carlos Bocanegra said. "Do we still have things to work on? Yeah. But heading into the World Cup, we have a lot of confidence and we'll be pushing forward."

The Americans also missed Landon Donovan, who was still in the MLS playoffs with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Denmark played without veteran Jon Dahl Tomasson, Dennis Rommedahl, Daniel Agger, Soren Larsen and Nicklas Bendtner.


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