Denmark beats Peru 1-0 in Group C

Emmett Rice
June 19, 2018

"He is acrobatic and a very quick goalkeeper. You have to acknowledge the performance of Kasper but also the defence and the whole team".

Overall, his presence gave Peru more structure in attack and had the other benefit for his team of drawing Denmark's defense, creating opportunities for Yoshimar Yotun in the middle.

Yet Cueva struck an bad penalty, leaving the red-and-white clad Peru fans distraught.

"I made a mistake; all I can do is correct it", he said. Teammates consoled him when he left the field as the match went to halftime tied 0-0. "We've always had the mass of our support everywhere, in qualifying and here as well". "He has the character to turn things around".

"If affected us, but it makes life easier for the referees to make the right decision, so it´s okay". After the penalty, he stayed in there, he was asking for the ball.

"This was a very emotional game for me, especially because I made the penalty", Poulsen said. But at the end I scored and became a hero.

Veteran Peru player Jefferson Farfan, who played up front on Saturday, suggested his close friend deserved to be in the starting lineup for the next game.

Gareca is expected to start with Guerrero in attack having said the player is ready to play. "I really think he played very well", Gareca said.

Farfan, 33, keeps his place after his goals against Paraguay and in a playoff against New Zealand carried Peru to their first World Cup finals for 36 years.

They will face a similar physical challenge from Peru captain Paolo Guerrero, who was cleared to play at the World Cup when a Swiss court agreed to temporarily lift his doping suspension.

Peru piled forward and Flores drew a fine, one-handed save from Schmeichel, before the winger was replaced by Peru's all-time leading goal-scorer Guerrero in the 62nd minute.

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"Eriksen is obviously a key player, he is very well known". Schmeichel turned away many by diving or extending whatever limb he could into the ball's path.

The Danish side that ended the Republic of Ireland's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup with a play-off victory last November needed some smart saves from keeper Kasper Schmeichel and desperate defending at times, but they navigated a route to victory with a 59th minute victor.

Peru had by no means lost hope, he added.

"I do think we were a bit afraid of the atmosphere, the intensity of it".

However, the indomitable Peruvian spirit is unlikely to be dampened, and they will take the party to Ekaterinburg where they face France on Thursday.

As a result, Peru dominated the opening 25 minutes.

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.

"We were very tentative in first half".

Hareide's side kick-off their campaign in Saransk on Saturday, with Australia and tournament favourites France also in the pool.

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.

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