HAMBURG (Sporting Alert) — The energetic Hulk netted twice and helped created another as Brazil beat Denmark 3-1 in a friendly football international game in Hamburg on Saturday.
The Porto forward who was leading an injury hit Brazilian team, open the scoring in the ninth minute of play before playing a hand in forcing Niki Zimling to put one past his own goalkeeper in the 13th minute.
Hulk then finished off a well played sole move in the 40th minute to give Brazil a 3-0 lead at half-time.
Denmark lifted their game in the second half and pulled one back through forward Nicklas Bendtner, but that was all they managed for their efforts.
Brazil were without several star players, including Santos forward Neymar, who was away with his club for Copa Libertadores action.
Also on Saturday, England, with a goal in the ninth minute from Manchester United winger Ashley Young beat Norway 1-0 in Oslo to give Roy Hodgson a winning start as the national new manager.
Adrian Lopez and Santi Cazorla scored for Spain in their 2-0 victory over Serbia, while Robin van Persie was unable to stop the Netherlands from going down 2-1 to Bulgaria.
Brazil vs Denmark
Brazil: Jefferson, Danilo, Thiago Silva, Juan Jesus, Marcelo, Sandro, Romulo, Oscar, Lucas Silva, Hulk, Leandro Damiao
Subs: Neto, Bruno Uvini, Casemiro, Wellington Nem, Giuliano, Alex Sandro, Rafael
Denmark: Sorensen, Wass, Kjaer, Agger, S, Poulsen, C, Poulsen, Zimling, Schone, Eriksen, Krohn-Delhi, Bendtner
Subs: Andersen, Rommedahl, Silberbauer, Okore, J, Poulsen, Kahlenberg, Pedersen, Lindegaard
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)