A student, a salesman & an internet star – makeshift Denmark lose 3


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

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.

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

Live Text

Match ends, Slovakia 3, Denmark 0.

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, Denmark. Christian Christiansen replaces Rasmus Johanson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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).

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

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, 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, 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, Slovakia. Jan Gregus replaces Juraj Kucka.

Substitution, Slovakia. Ondrej Duda replaces Marek Hamsik.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45429116

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