Denmark hold on to deny Peru in Group C thriller

Lawrence Kim
June 19, 2018

"He is acrobatic and a very quick goalkeeper".

"He had a fantastic performance, they threw people forward including their star striker (Guerrero), so you have to acknowledge his performance".

Christian Eriksen was underwhelming in Denmark's World Cup opener against Peru apart from one moment of brilliance that led to the game's solitary goal, and the Danes need more from their inspirational playmaker to prolong their stay in Russian Federation.

The key moment of the match came just before half-time - the midfielder "Sao Paulo" Christian Cueva missed a penalty, sending the ball over the crossbar.

"I always wait until the last second to decide" the lineup, Gareca said.

"It was an important example of support and solidarity by all captains", Peru defender Alberto Rodriguez said Friday after the Incas' last training session before the Inca's opener Saturday against Denmark. "He has the character to turn things around".

Peru, who left out all-time top-scorer Paolo Guerrero from their starting lineup, were awarded a penalty after consultation with the video assistant referee for Poulsen's foul. "It was fine", he said.

"If affected us, but it makes life easier for the referees to make the right decision, so it´s okay".

The match pits the tallest team at the World Cup, Denmark, who average 1.85m, against the smallest in Peru, who average 1.78m.

"Afterwards he participated in lots of plays". Denmark boast an impressive backline that features Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen, who has benched Brazil global David Luiz for the Blues, captain Simon Kjaer known for his remarkable reading of the game, and Leicester shot-stopper Kasper Schemeichel who managed eight clean sheets for the Foxes last season.

Ignoring the fact that Denmark's players often end up at top Dutch clubs renowned for their passing styles, the no-nonsense Norwegian coach Hareide has adopted a more pragmatic approach similar to that of Sweden and Iceland that is paying dividends. "I think in general terms the result doesn't really reflect what happened on the pitch".

Denmark's Yussuf Poulsen scores their first goal during World Cup Group C match between Peru and Denmark, at Mordovia Arena, in Saransk, Russia, on June 16, 2018.

Peru's build up to the tournament was overshadowed by the controversy over Paolo Guerrero's selection. "He played very well". Schmeichel turned away many by diving or extending whatever limb he could into the ball's path.

Schmeichel made six saves and Peru came close to scoring on a number of other opportunities as well, and Hareide was careful not to underestimate the South Americans, who were playing in their first World Cup game since 1982. "I don't think Peru deserved to lose but we can't cry over spilt milk".

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