Wales suffered a sobering Nations League defeat in Denmark as Christian Eriksen’s two goals inspired the hosts to victory.

The Danes were back at full strength after their senior players boycotted Wednesday’s 3-0 friendly defeat in Slovakia over a commercial rights dispute, and it was one of their returning stars, Eriksen, who gave them the lead with a low finish in the first half.

The Tottenham midfielder scored his second after the break with a confidently struck penalty, awarded after Ethan Ampadu was judged to have handled a cross from Viktor Fischer. Wales, who were competitive for long periods of the game, felt the decision was harsh, but Denmark’s efficient display was ultimately enough to give them a winning start to their Nations League campaign.

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