Denmarkâ€™s Euro 2012 preparations received a strong setback as the Scandinavians were thrashed 3-1 by Brazil in an International Friendly at Hamburg. The Samba Boys, led by Hulk brushed aside their European opponents as they went into the half-time break three goals to the good. The Porto star opened the scoring on 8 minutes before adding a 2nd five minutes before the break. Sandwiched between the two was on own goal from Niki Zimling on 13 minutes, with Hulk unsurprisingly involved in the build-up. Nicklas Bendtner did get a goal back for the Danes, but his 71st minute strike was scant consolation in an otherwise poor performance.
The Danish defence didnâ€™t cover themselves in glory throughout the 90 minutes and the blunders began early as keeper Thomas Sorenson was at fault for the opener. Hulk picked up the ball close to 25 yards away from goal and let it rip with a stinging low shot. Sorenson had time to gauge the direction of the ball but he misjudged its flight as he let it fly past him and into the left corner of the goal.