Denmark🇩🇰 Avoid Embarrassment🙏 Despite Fielding Futsal Players 📹 http://v.duta.us/rOXBzAAA

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Denmark fielded a team made up entirely of futsal and lower-league players against Slovakia due to a commercial sponsorship row with senior stars, and they produced a valiant display despite losing 3-0 in Trnava.

The team's plans for Wednesday's friendly and their Nations League opener against Wales on Sunday were thrown into disarray by the situation, which they hope is resolved before their next outing.

Spillerforeningen, the footballers' union of Denmark, made an offer to the Danish Football Association which would have seen established players feature in the two scheduled matches as normal under a temporary extension of their previous sponsorship deal, but the Danish authorities are said to have rejected it.

As a result, former international John Jensen was installed as temporary coach instead of Age Hareide and a 24-man squad made up of amateurs and semi-professionals travelled to Slovakia to avoid UEFA sanctions.

Jensen's men - none of whom had met their manager before travelling on Tuesday - initially responded well. Sadly for the Danes, the majority of the second period was played in their half and they were forced to cope with significant pressure.

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