Voller run ends as Germany are beaten by Danes

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Germany's unbeaten record under their coach, Rudi Völler, came to an end last night when they were defeated 2-1 by an impressive Denmark side in a friendly in Copenhagen.

Germany's unbeaten record under their coach, Rudi Völler, came to an end last night when they were defeated 2-1 by an impressive Denmark side in a friendly in Copenhagen.

PSV Eindhoven's Dennis Rommedahl, a nippy right-sided midfielder making only his fifth appearance for Denmark, scored both goals in a 10-minute second-half spell. Mehmet Scholl pulled one back for the Germans with a well- taken free-kick.

The Danes' quick passing game tore gaping holes in Germany's central defence, where the Bayern Munich defender, Thomas Linke, in particular had great problems holding Rommedahl in check. Linke was replaced by Dariusz Vosz after Denmark's second goal.

Thomas Gravesen, the Everton midfielder, set up the first goal in the 56th minute, his superb low pass from his own half of the field finding Rommedahl, who sprinted clear of Linke and fired past Oliver Kahn, the German goalkeeper, from 12 yards.

Ten minutes later Marc Nygaard, making his debut, hit a precise cross from the left and Rommedahl, again leaving Linke behind, scored from close range. Nine minutes from time Scholl's curling free-kick from 30 yards sailed over the defensive wall and into the back of the net, giving Sunderland's Thomas Sorensen no chance.

Brazil beat Colombia 1-0 with an injury-time goal by Roque Junior in a World Cup qualifier in São Paulo last night to give their new coach, Emerson Leao, a winning debut.

The Milan defender rose to head in a corner in the second minute of added time. Leão had watched the match helplessly from a television cabin, to which he was banished because of a 20-day touchline ban. The Colombian striker, Jairo Castillo, was sent off in the 86th minute for retaliation following a foul.

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