DENMARK Snatch Vital Victory From Peru
YUSSUF Poulsen secured a vital World Cup win for Denmark after Christian Cueva had missed a penalty for Peru.
In a game both teams knew they needed to win after France’s victory over Australia earlier in the day, the pace was fierce in the opening stages.
Seven different Peru players tested Kasper Schmeichel in the Denmark goal during the first half as the nations traded blows.
It was a physical opening period and William Kvist was forced off after around half an hour following back-to-back hits to his ribs, with Lasse Schone his replacement.
For the third time in three Saturday games, VAR was assessed to award a penalty as Peru were handed the opportunity to open the scoring in their first World Cup game for 36 years.
Cueva picked himself up after a foul from Yussuf Poulsen but ballooned his effort over the bar just before half-time.
Peru went about trying to make amends in the second half and nearly made the breakthrough as Cueva combined with Edison Flores and Andre Carrillo inside the area but all were unable to test Schmeichel again.
They were immediately made to pay as Eriksen was finally found in space and in turn fed Poulsen to run through and beat Pedro Gallese in the Peru goal.
Peru reacted by bringing on captain and top scorer Paolo Guerrero, who saw his ban for cocaine lifted so he could play in the World Cup.
Alberto Rodriguez was inches away with a header from Yoshimar Yotun’s free kick before Jefferson Farfan was denied on the line but it was not to be for the South Americans.
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