Slovakia 3 Denmark 0: Brave second-string Danes fall to defeat as clash between stars and FA continues
By Anthony Chapman5th September 2018, 9:36 pmUpdated: 5th September 2018, 11:07 pm
DENMARK'S second-string side put in a brave performance but were ultimately brushed aside in a 2-0 defeat by Slovakia.
The country's senior stars, such as Tottenham's Christian Eriksen and Chelsea's Andreas Christensen, are currently in a stand-off with the Danish FA over commercial rights and are refusing to play.Gareth Bale's Wales could face a side of Danish 5-a-side players after contract disputes
It meant interim boss John Jensen was forced to field a starting XI made up entirely of third and fourth division players for Denmark's first match since their penalty shoot-out defeat to Croatia at the World Cup.
Denmark were captained by salesman Christian Offenberg, with student Simon Vollessen starting at right-back and YouTuber Rasmus Johanson getting the nod in midfield.
Slovakia boasted the likes of Napoli superstar Marek Hamsik in their starting XI, and the gulf in quality became apparent very quickly when Adam Nemec opened the scoring after just 11 minutes.
Despite the early setback, Denmark did manage to make life slightly difficult for their more-established opponents, defending well and breaking up the play.
However, they conceded another close to half-time when Albert Rusnak fired home, dealing them a serious confidence blow.
Slovakia proceeded to control the rest of the match before an own-goal by Adam Fogt sealed Denmarkâs fate.
The Danish FA will now be hoping to strike a compromise with i ts star men ahead of Saturdayâs Nations League clash against Wales, with Republic of Ireland boss Martin OâNeill calling on Fifa to sort out the situation amid fears his sideâs chances in the competition could be affected.
Slovakia: Kozacik; Hubocan, Skrtel, Satka, Mazan; Hrosovsky, Kucka; Rusnak, Hamsik, Weiss; Nemec
Goals: Nemec, Rusnak, Fogt (OG)
Denmark: Haagh; Vollesen, Johansen, Nielsen, Bertelsen; Bannis, Johansson; Hoybye, Gaudin, Kempel; Offenberg