Peru vs. Denmark - Football Match Report

by Dwayne Torres June 19, 2018, 2:04
Peru vs. Denmark - Football Match Report

Despite his innate pragmatism, there is still room for creativity in his team, and once again it was Christian Eriksen who fashioned the opportunity for Yussuf Poulsen to score Denmark's victor.

"He is acrobatic, he's fast on his feet and his goal-line play is probably one of the best in the world, that is his strength", Denmark coach Age Hareide said of the 31-year-old.

Referee Bakary Gassama of Gambia went to the video after Cueva fell in the penalty box after an intervention from Denmark's Yurary Poulsen. After the penalty, he stayed in there, he was asking for the ball.

In response Peru bought on their talisman and national team captain Paolo Guerrero, and he almost scored with a glorious backheel that had Schmeichel beaten.

Instead, the situation has been largely diffused by a show of solidarity among players in and outside of Peru, including the captains of the other teams in Group C - France, Denmark and Australia.

Gareca had his team organised wonderfully and working together in unison across all sections of the pitch, and if this performance is anything to go by, then they will be good value to reach the knockout stages. The Spurs No. 23 will be joined in Denmark's midfield by Werder Bremen's Thomas Delaney, who enjoyed an impressive 2017-18 season in the Bundesliga. "Guerrero once more proved he is key for this group of players".

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca chose to use striker Paolo Guerrero as a substitute, delaying his much-anticipated first World Cup appearance until about 30 minutes, from the end. Later, his clever back-heel from close range rolled just wide. "He's a very strong player with a strong character and mindset".

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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. Schmeichel turned away many by diving or extending whatever limb he could into the ball's path.

Schmeichel made six saves in the match, the most by a Danish goalkeeper since his father Peter Schmeichel, who made nine saves in the World Cup in 1998 against France.

Peru had by no means lost hope, he added.

"We didn't deserve to lose, but we can't cry over spilt milk". "We need to digest this defeat and deal with France as quickly as possible".

"We were very tentative in first half".

Starting midfielder William Kvist might be done for the World Cup, Hareide said.

It was a pulsating game in the Mordovia Arena, inspired by a raucous, vibrant crowd, of which at least 90 per cent were Peruvian who had made the long journey to celebrate their country's first appearance in the World Cup finals since 1982.

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