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Denmark hold off Peru to seal win in World Cup opener

17 June, 2018, 11:34 | Author: Tommie Newton
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The worry is that if Eriksen fails to get into the game, Denmark have no plan B. If Peru can stop him they have some fine attacking players of their own, all wearing an absolutely wonderful shirt.

Peru are boosted by the availability of captain Paolo Guerrero, who was cleared to play last month after a Swiss tribunal ruled on a drugs ban.

Appearing at the World Cup for the first time in 36 years, Peru had overwhelming fan support in the Mordovia Arena and the bulk of scoring chances, including a late first-half penalty shot that Christian Cueva sent sailing over the crossbar.

"Peru are an outstanding team", he said.

Peru created the better chances throughout the 90 minutes and missed a penalty through Christian Cueva, but a second-half strike from Yussuf Poulsen extended Denmark's unbeaten run to 16 matches, as well as ending Peru's 15-game undefeated streak.

And despite Peru's impressive attacking play, they could not break down the Danish defence, leaving themselves with a big task ahead of their second Group C game against France on June 21.

"Of course it was an emotional game", Poulsen told reporters.

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Within the opening minutes of the match, Peru was pushing forward and almost drew a penalty when Flores and Poulsen collided on the left side of the area, but Gassama waved play on.

After being awarded a penalty via VAR, the 26-year-old skied his effort from the spot and was consoled by his team-mates as they walked off at the end of the half.

Federation Internationale de Football Association revealed that more than 40,000 World Cup tickets were sold in Peru and Gareca's side were backed by a partisan crowd, but he claimed his players were not adversely affected, saying: "We didn't expect so many people to come and watch us but they didn't put pressure on us".

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.

Denmark head coach Age Hareide fears he may have lost William Kvist for the rest of the World Cup after battling past Peru in a 1-0 victory.

"They got very little and probably deserved more - sometimes that happens".

Denmark will hope for another three points when they meet Australia while Peru face the French side hoping to keep their tournament hopes alive on Thursday.

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