Winners and losers as Denmark narrowly beat Peru 1-0

Aubrey Yates
June 17, 2018

The referee initially waved Peru's appeals away after Cueva appeared to be tripped by Poulsen but as play continued, the decision was being reviewed and the official eventually halted the action to point to the spot.

While their team may have ultimately lost the match, the Peru fans looked and sounded happy to just be in the tournament and the way their side played will still have them confident of a positive tournament.

During his legal battle, Guerrero received support from the captains of Peru's three Group C rivals, all of whom signed a letter asking Federation Internationale de Football Association to overturn his suspension.

The lone scorer also helped out on the defensive end with a clearing header in the box on a cross over Schmeichel's head.

A minute after going behind, Peru nearly found an equaliser through Flores but despite having time and space to get a shot away on the left-hand side of the penalty area, the winger put his shot too close to Schmeichel.

The Norweigan was indebted to both Christian Cueva's missed penalty and some heroics from goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to keep a clean sheet as Yussuf Poulsen's second-half finish proved enough.

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Edison Flores also tried his luck from distance, with an effort going well over the crossbar, before Andre Carrillo cut inside onto his left foot before forcing a solid intervention out of Schmeichel.

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.

Peru and Denmark have largely cancelled each other out over the first half at the Mordovia Arena. Schmeichel dove to his right to bat the ball away.

The so-called Danish Dynamite had the better of possession but fewer scoring threats.

Christian Eriksen could be the main man in Saransk for this 5pm kick off.

Schonne's shot came within five minutes of his entrance into the game for Williams Kvist, who came off after a hard collision with a leaping Farfan as the two pursued a ball in the air.

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