Denmark ease past Peru by small margin as their star man Christian Eriksen provides an precise assist for Yussuf Poulsen but Peru will rue their missed penalty by a tearful Christian Cueva.

2018 World Cup


Match Events

11′ SAVE! Schmeichel stop Carrillo’s shot!

Flores goes for goal for Peru from just outside the box on the right and pushes it wide to the near-top corner off his left foot under pressure from Stryger Larsen.

29′ CHANCE! Farfan’s shot denied!

Fed a beauty of a through-ball by Carrillo, Farfan is denied by Christensen who slides in to block his close-range shot on the right and put it out for a corner.

45+1′ PENALTY MISS from Peru! (Cueva)

VAR penalty review! Cueva goes down in the box, as Poulsen glances by him and at first look, the Peru man appeared to simply slip over the ball as he turned. After a moment though, Gassama stops the game for a look – and awards the penalty!

Cueva misses! The Peru midfielder stutters in his run-up, sends Schmeichel to the left – and duly blasts it over the crossbar by a good few metres. What an awful penalty; Denmark’s small but vocal support celebrate.

59′ GOAL! Peru 0-1 Denmark (Poulsen)

A fantastic break from Eriksen down the centre of the field cuts open the opposition defence and a neat flick-on to the left releases the Leipzig forward into space where he duly drills under Gallese from 10 yards out on the left.

60′ Amazing save from Schmeichel!

What a save from Schmeichel! Cueva sees his fine strike deflected by the keeper with speedy reflexes. Great chance for Peru.

83′ SAVE! Schmeichel stops Farfan’s shot!

Farfan cleanly strikes a cut-back from Carrillo – and Schmeichel manages to stick a leg out to block it and send it flying off into open play. Peru are frantically pressing for an equaliser.

Match Report

Yussuf Poulsen bounced back from conceding a first-half penalty to score the decisive goal in Demark’s 1-0 victory over Peru in their World Cup Group C opener.

The RB Leipzig forward was deemed to have tripped Christian Cueva in the box when referee Bakary Gassama consulted VAR, but the Peru midfielder skied his spot-kick and left the field in tears at the end of a tense opening period.

Denmark settled into the game after the interval and the talismanic Christian Eriksen provided Poulsen with a chance to turn his evening around in the 59th minute, and the 24-year-old made no mistake.

Paolo Guerrero came on from the bench following a successful appeal to suspend his 14-month drug ban cleared him to feature, but he could not turn the game in Peru’s favour.

Kasper Schmeichel denied Jefferson Farfan brilliantly with six minutes to go as Ricardo Gareca’s men gave a good account of themselves in their first World Cup match for 36 years, entertaining the hordes of South American fans who packed the Mordovia Arena.

France await Peru next, while Denmark will go into their game against Australia in confident mood after collecting three points.


Peru XI: Jefferson Farfán, Alberto Rodríguez, Pedro Gallese, Christian Ramos, Yoshimar Yotún, Christian Cueva, Luis Advíncula, André Carrillo, Miguel Trauco, Renato Tapia, Edison Flores

Subs: Paolo Guerrero, Aldo Corzo, Paolo Hurtado, José Carvallo, Raúl Ruidíaz, Ánderson Santamaría, Carlos Cáceda, Miguel Araujo, Pedro Aquino, Andy Polo, Wilder Cartagena, Nilson Loyola

Denmark XI: Kasper Schmeichel, William Kvist, Simon Kjaer, Henrik Dalsgaard, Thomas Delaney, Jens Stryger Larsen, Nicolai Jørgensen, Christian Eriksen, Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Christensen, Pione Sisto

Subs: Michael Krohn-Dehli, Lasse Schöne, Zanka, Jonas Lössl, Martin Braithwaite, Jonas Knudsen, Jannik Vestergaard, Viktor Fischer, Frederik Ronnow, Lukas Lerager, Andreas Cornelius, Kasper Dolberg


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