Belfast Telegraph

Denmark's team of unknowns give Slovakia run for their money


Underdogs: Denmark put up a brave showing
Underdogs: Denmark put up a brave showing
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Denmark's new makeshift side more than held their own in their first game, losing 3-0 in a brave, battling display in a friendly away to Slovakia last night.

The national team, who are currently protesting against their own football association in a dispute over commercial image rights, fielded a practically unknown team.

Household names such as Tottenham's Christian Eriksen, Chelsea's Andreas Christensen and Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel refused to sign an agreement with the Danish FA, thus ruling themselves out of playing for their country.

So the team that took to the field in Slovakia included a salesman at centre-forward, a YouTube content creator in midfield and a student at full-back.

They were led by former Arsenal midfielder John Jensen, installed as interim boss by the Danish FA as they didn't want to forfeit the fixture, with Jensen admitting he only met most of the players for the first time on the journey to the game.

But the likely lads certainly didn't disgrace themselves as they put in a resolute performance against a full-strength Slovakian side that had the likes of Martin Skrtel and Marek Hamsik on board.

Other teams may have crumbled after Adam Nemec put the hosts in front after just 11 minutes, but the Danes rallied superbly to hold their own, holding out until the 37th minute when Albert Rusnak nodded in a second for Slovakia.

But the Danish defence proved to be a strength as they repelled waves of attacks in the second half, and they were only beaten once more when the unfortunate Adam Fogt put the ball into his own net in the 79th minute.

World champions France face-off against Germany in Munich in the pick of the opening Nations League matches tonight.

France have named much the same squad that won the World Cup, while Germany will hope to bounce back from their poor showing in Russia.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph