Denmark hold on to deny Peru in Group C thriller

Denmark hold on to deny Peru in Group C thriller

Peru began the fixture at a fast pace and they got their first shot on target as early as the eighth minute through Yoshimar Yotun, whose 25-yard strike went straight into the hands of Kasper Schmeichel.

It was to prove a costly miss, and Peru must be more clinical if they are to have any chance of qualifying.

Yussuf Poulsen slotted home on 59 minutes after being put through on goal by Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, but Denmark rode their luck at times against Ricardo Gareca's attack-minded team.

Ricardo Gareca opted to introduce Peru's record goalscorer Paolo Guerrero and the veteran nearly made an instant impact, but the striker's header from 10 yards was sent straight into Schmeichel's hands.

Peru has four World Cup appearances.

Schmeichel was also fortunate, and not only on Cueva's missed penalty kick.

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.

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"If it's a fractured rib he's out for the rest of the World Cup for sure".

The use of video assistant referees continues to provoke debate, and it was called into use again on Saturday when Peru were awarded a penalty in an incident initially missed by the referee.

The World Cup group stage continues on Saturday as Peru and Denmark face off.

It was not all plain sailing for Schmeichel against Peru either, with the Dane having to make six saves including a good reflex one from Farfan in the final 10 minutes.

Peru are competing at the World Cup for the first time in 32 years.

And you could hear it from the atmosphere within the ground as the Peruvian fans were loud for the entire 90 minutes of the match, buoying their players on as they gave Denmark a tough ride. Both teams are riding some momentum, but Peru more so.

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