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Denmark field a student and internet star during 3-0 defeat by Slovakia

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'The best defeat of my career' - what's happening with Denmark?

Denmark were forced to field a starting 11 which included a salesman, a student and an internet star for Wednesday's 3-0 friendly defeat in Slovakia.

The national team is involved in a commercial rights dispute with the Danish Football Association (DBU).

Players from Denmark's top two divisions and those based overseas were unavailable and will probably not play in the Nations League against Wales.

Danish futsal players also featured in the makeshift starting 11.

Christian Offenberg, who led the attack for Denmark on Wednesday, is a part-time salesman who also plays for Danish third-tier side Avarta.

Right-back Simon Vollesen, who plays in the Danish fifth tier, is also a student, while Rasmus Johansson - a midfielder who plays in Denmark's third tier - is best known as an internet freestyle footballer, with tens of thousands of followers on Instagram and YouTube.

Slovakia's line-up boasted former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel and Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik.

Denmark
Denmark's unfamiliar starting line-up: Back row (from left): Christoffer Haagh, Christian Bannis, Kasper Kempel, Daniel Nielsen, Nicolai Johansen, Christian Offenberg. Front row: Mads Bertelsen, Oskar Hoybye, Simon Vollesen, Rasmus Gaudin, Rasmus Johansson

Two goals in the first half from Adam Nemec and Albert Rusnak gave the hosts a commanding lead before an own goal from Danish futsal player Adam Fogt, on as a substitute, made it 3-0.

Denmark managed only one shot on target during the 90 minutes and had 27% possession.

Professional futsal goalkeeper Christoffer Haagh did manage to save seven of the 10 shots he faced.

Denmark's next fixture is in the new Nations League on Sunday against Wales in Aarhus - and if the dispute is not sorted out, then the emergency stand-ins are likely to find themselves up against Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

Rasmus Johansson and Vladimir Weiss
Rasmus Johansson (left) plays in the Danish third tier for Hellerup IK, but is better known as a futsal player and an internet football freestyler

Line-ups

Slovakia

  • 1Kozácik
  • 15Hubocan
  • 3SkrtelSubstituted forGyömbérat 83'minutes
  • 4Satka
  • 16Mazán
  • 19KuckaSubstituted forGregusat 61'minutes
  • 13Hrosovsky
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forDudaat 61'minutes
  • 10RusnákSubstituted forMakat 45'minutes
  • 11NemecSubstituted forDurisat 45'minutes
  • 7WeissSubstituted forPacindaat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Valjent
  • 5Gyömbér
  • 6Gregus
  • 8Duda
  • 9Pacinda
  • 12Sulla
  • 14Skriniar
  • 18Sabo
  • 20Mak
  • 21Duris
  • 22Lobotka
  • 23Dubravka

Denmark

  • 1Haagh
  • 2Moller VollesenSubstituted forJakobsenat 77'minutes
  • 3Johansen
  • 6Nielsen
  • 5BertelsenSubstituted forFonssat 71'minutes
  • 4BannisSubstituted forHusballeat 45'minutes
  • 8JohansonSubstituted forChristiansenat 84'minutes
  • 9HojbyeSubstituted forFogtat 61'minutes
  • 10Gaudin
  • 7KempelSubstituted forHolmat 61'minutes
  • 11Offenberg

Substitutes

  • 12Skraep
  • 13Fogt
  • 14Jakobsen
  • 15Nielsen
  • 16Bank
  • 17Fonss
  • 18Husballe
  • 19Jorgensen
  • 20Christiansen
  • 21Veis
  • 22Larsen
  • 23Holm
Referee:
Julian Weinberger
Attendance:
6,432

Match Stats

Home TeamSlovakiaAway TeamDenmark
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home22
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Slovakia 3, Denmark 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Slovakia 3, Denmark 0.

Attempt blocked. Ondrej Duda (Slovakia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Slovakia. Conceded by Rasmus Gaudin.

Attempt blocked. Robert Mak (Slovakia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ondrej Duda.

Corner, Slovakia. Conceded by Nicolai Johansen.

Attempt blocked. Robert Mazán (Slovakia) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Robert Mak.

Erik Pacinda (Slovakia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Holm (Denmark).

Offside, Slovakia. Robert Mak tries a through ball, but Erik Pacinda is caught offside.

Erik Pacinda (Slovakia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Fogt (Denmark).

Foul by Norbert Gyömbér (Slovakia).

Daniel Holm (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Denmark. Christian Christiansen replaces Rasmus Johanson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Rasmus Johanson (Denmark) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovakia. Norbert Gyömbér replaces Martin Skrtel.

Offside, Slovakia. Tomas Hubocan tries a through ball, but Robert Mak is caught offside.

Ondrej Duda (Slovakia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anders Husballe (Denmark).

Goal!

Own Goal by Adam Fogt, Denmark. Slovakia 3, Denmark 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Denmark. Christopher Jakobsen replaces Simon Vollesen.

Foul by Ondrej Duda (Slovakia).

Rasmus Gaudin (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Erik Pacinda (Slovakia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Fogt (Denmark).

Substitution

Substitution, Denmark. Anders Fonss replaces Mads Bertelsen.

Attempt blocked. Christian Offenberg (Denmark) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rasmus Gaudin.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovakia. Erik Pacinda replaces Vladimir Weiss.

Corner, Slovakia. Conceded by Daniel Nielsen.

Robert Mazán (Slovakia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Anders Husballe (Denmark).

Attempt blocked. Adam Fogt (Denmark) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Holm.

Corner, Slovakia. Conceded by Daniel Holm.

Corner, Slovakia. Conceded by Christoffer Haagh.

Attempt saved. Michal Duris (Slovakia) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Ondrej Duda (Slovakia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vladimir Weiss.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovakia. Jan Gregus replaces Juraj Kucka.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovakia. Ondrej Duda replaces Marek Hamsik.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 5th September 2018

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