Call this the Danish version of the Hollywood movie The Replacements, except the game in focus was football - and not the American variety - and there was no happy ending either.
The Danes fielded a team comprised of lower-league and futsal players for Wednesday's friendly in Slovakia amid a contract dispute with the country's football association. Ticket prices were slashed to €1 because of the depleted Danish team.
Slovakia, which included leading players like Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik and former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, said before the game that its squad had been harmed by the Danish dispute and asked European football's governing body UEFA to deal with the case, and confer "adequate consequences".
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Victory already appeared a near-certainty, and was taken beyond doubt in the 79th minute with Adam Fogt's own goal.
The previous collective bargaining agreement expired on July 31 and the two parties were unable to agree on a new one ahead of Denmark's latest matches.
There were concerns they would have to rely on the same players against Wales in their first game of the UEFA Nations League, live on Sky Sports, unless the standoff between the Danish players' union and national federation over commercial rights was resolved.
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This rejection resulted in Denmark losing to a Slovakian side 16 places below them in the world rankings, but not by as a great a margin as you might expect.
"We were a few from the futsal team who chose to make us available to avoid any sanctions against DBU in general and the various national teams, so it was to be on the safe side, so nothing happened", he said in comments reported by Danish news agency Ritzau.
A DBU statement said no players will comment on the settlement until after the Wales match has been played.
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