Denmark edges out luckless Peru


Denmark's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel earned praise for his outstanding display in the 1-0 win over Peru during the 2018 World Cup Group C football match against Peru at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk.

Poulsen made amends for conceding a first-half penalty that was awarded after the referee consulted the VAR system, but which Peru midfielder Christian Cueva blasted over the crossbar.

With the exception of the first several minutes of the second half - during which Denmark's Yussuf Poulsen scored the game's lone goal - Peru dominated, maintaining control on the field and creating countless scoring opportunities. After the penalty, he stayed in there, he was asking for the ball. "It seemed I was going to be the villain here".

Peru had their chances but it was Denmark who prevailed.

Peru had an overwhelming support from their fans after appearing in their first World Cup in 36 years, but it came out unlucky. "Guerrero once more proved he is key for this group of players".

"The result doesn't really reflect what happened on the pitch, but football is all about being effective", said Peru's Argentinian boss Gareca.

Peru's forward Paolo Guerrero (C) vies for the ball with teammates during a training session at the Arena Khimki stadium, outside Moscow, on June 11, 2018, ahead of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup. "He is a very strong player with a very strong character and mindset".

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Peru's all-time top scorer Paolo Guerrero, cleared to play at the tournament in May when a Swiss court granted a temporary lifting of his 14-month drug ban, went close to equalising after coming off the bench as his backheeled effort went wide, before Jefferson Farfan was denied by the foot of Kasper Schmiechel.

Peru finished with 17 attempts to Denmark's 10, and numerous Incas' shots were of the point-blank variety.

Although lacking in individual brilliance, Peru will be hoping their ability to adapt to different conditions serves them well in Russian Federation. "We did not deserve to lose". "We need to digest this defeat and deal with France as quickly as possible".

Modric's coolly taken 71st minute spot kick gave the scoreline a clear-cut feel, but the fact that Croatia failed to score on their own from open play was testament to some wayward shooting.

Peru almost broke through in the 13th minute when Carrillo executed a step-over dribble to his left, along the edge of the penalty area, and unleashed a low, hard left-footer.

Kvist was substituted after a hard collision with a leaping Farfan as the two pursued a ball in the air.

Any victory in the World Cup is vital as there is only a maximum of nine points to be won, but the performances of the Socceroos and Peru have far from dented their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.