Peru vs. Denmark - Football Match Report

Peru and Denmark meet in Saransk on Saturday

Peru and Denmark meet in Saransk on Saturday

Peru started like the side that memorably beat Scotland at the 1978 World Cup finals, but then emerged for the second half more like the team that capitulated 6-0 to Argentina in the second round group phase - almost a decade later it was confirmed its government was bribed by the Argentine junta to arrange the pasting.

Denmark´s Yussuf Poulsen redeemed himself with the winning goal in Saransk after conceding a first-half penalty, awarded by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, which Christian Cueva blasted over the crossbar.

Eriksen is clearly the key to Denmark's hopes, but they will need more from their other attacking players to make a real impact on the tournament.

Gareca also defended his decision not to field all-time leading goalscorer Paolo Guerrero in his starting line-up after the 34-year-old striker had a drug ban paused so that he could play at the FIFA World Cup.

Peruvian fans turned the streets of Saransk - the smallest of the World Cup host cities - into a giant Latin American carnival as they marched towards Mordovia Arena to watch their team face Denmark.

During his legal battle, Guerrero received support from the captains of Peru's three Group C rivals, all of whom signed a letter asking Federation Internationale de Football Association to overturn his suspension.

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A warning for the Socceroos.

Denmark began to dominate possession but it was not until the 27th minute that they attempted a shot on goal, Thomas Delaney launching the ball over.

With Peru constantly pushing on the Denmark defence, Åge Hareide would have been relying on William Kwist to help sit back while his fellow midfielders pushed further forward in attack. It arrived just before the hour mark when Eriksen ran through the middle and fed Poulsen, who slotted the ball low to the left of Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.

A minute after going behind, Peru nearly found an equaliser through Flores but despite having time and space to get a shot away on the left-hand side of the penalty area, the winger put his shot too close to Schmeichel.

Schmeichel then made a brilliant stop with his feet from a late Farfan thunderbolt as Denmark clung on for a hard-fought victory.

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