Ryan Giggs has become the fifth Wales manager in 19 years to lose their first competitive away game, as Denmark recorded a 2-0 win in the Nations League.
A pair of Christian Eriksen finishes were enough for the Danes, who saw a full-strength squad take the field after resolving a pay dispute that saw a team of futsal and lower-league players fall to Slovakia in a friendly on Wednesday.
More importantly, it was his first competitive away game, with the defeat equaling the poor start suffered by each of the last four Wales managers, who all failed to pick up a positive result from their first away trip.
5 - Since Mark Hughes’ win in Belarus back in September 1999, each of the last five Wales managers have lost their first competitive match away from home (also John Toshack, Brian Flynn, Gary Speed and Chris Coleman). Repetition. pic.twitter.com/iT9nSGDC0n — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 9, 2018
The loss comes in the aftermath of a comprehensive 4-1 win over Ireland to open their Nations League campaign. The victory featured a goal from Gareth Bale, who captained the team for the first time during Sunday's defeat in the absence of Ashley Williams, as well as Aaron Ramsey, Tom Lawrence and Connor Roberts.
While the Welsh stars were held relatively quiet in the 2-0 loss to Denmark, the Danes benefited from a big performance from the team's top star. Christian Eriksen scored a pair of goals to lead the Danes to victory, including a controversial penalty that all but ended Wales' hopes of getting back into the match.
The Tottenham star has now been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 18 appearances for Denmark with 15 goals and five assists in that span.
Eriksen's surge of form has proved a major boost for the Danes in recent matches, especially at home, as Denmark are now unbeaten in each of their last 11 home matches in all competitions
Denmark currently sit atop theor Nations League group on goal difference with the next match set to be contested between Ireland and Denmark on October 13. Wales will take on Ireland three days later.