2018-06-16 14:39:10
Denmark Spoils Peru’s World Cup Return

14:39, June 16 317 0

Denmark spoiled Peru’s first World Cup game since 1982 with a 1-0 victory in Saransk on Saturday.

Peru came out looking like it wanted to make up for those 36 years with an aggressive offense. And it looked like it would be rewarded when it drew a penalty late in the first half. The penalty was not immediately called, but signaled after a quick video review.

Christian Cueva stepped up, but hit as bad of a penalty shot as you will see, sending the ball far over the goal.

Denmark broke through in the 60th minute. The team’s star, Christian Eriksen, had something of a quiet game, but delivered the key assist, and Yussuf Poulsen drove it home.

Peru upped the pace once behind and had many chances over the last 30 minutes, but could not capitalize. Kasper Schmeichel, Denmark’s goalkeeper, made several difficult saves to maintain the lead.

With France beating Australia earlier in the day, Denmark joined them on top of the group and left Peru with a lot left to do to have a successful return to the World Cup.

Cueva tried to one-time an injury-time pass into the net. He didn’t have great balance and shanked it wide. Oh, Cueva, not a game to remember.

Once again Peru got the ball in the box, but once again their shot (by Farfan) was blocked.

A heads-up interception by Eriksen gave Jorgensen a good shot opportunity, but it was blocked. First chance for Denmark for a while. Peru may finally be tiring after its game-long exertions.

Peru held the ball in the danger zone forever and finally settled for a back-heel by Guerrero. Just wide. 10 minutes left to find the equalizer.

A cross by Carrillo floated dangerously past the keeper, and Poulsen’s header clearance merely popped straight up in the air. A terrifying moment for Denmark, but Schmeichel did collect the ball in the end.

Now, it’s Advincula who forces the save from Schmeichel. Denmark can’t keep a rampant Peru away from goal.

Another near miss for Peru. After a free kick was not cleared properly, Rodriguez headed the ball just wide and Farfan was not quite able to bundle it in.

Peru nearly equalizes. On a fast break, Flores fires at goal, drawing a spectacular one-handed diving save from Schmeichel.

Peru playing with urgency now. A header by the captain Guerrero drew another sharp save by Schmeichel.

Eriksen got the ball to a streaking Poulsen, who was behind the defense. He beat the keeper and put Denmark on top.

Cueva snuck down the side unmarked, got the ball and had the goalkeeper at his mercy. But he faffed around and did not shoot, giving Denmark time to get back on defense. Not the strongest game from Cueva, who missed the penalty earlier. A lot of fast-paced action over the last five minutes.

Jorgensen back-heeled a ball into the box, but Eriksen lost the race to get to it. Denmark clearly getting the best of the early part of the half.

Denmark free kick from the side of the penalty box. A slightly funky angle. Eriksen, free kick master, to take ... it was cleared right back to him and he shot but it went wide. Not a whole lot from Eriksen so far this game.

Peru will no doubt still be ruing that horribly missed penalty. Denmark probably has the slight edge at this point, but the result is surely still in the balance.

A header by Poulsen of Denmark went wide, and the half ends. As with the early match, the VAR is the story, though Peru was unable to capitalize. 0-0.

Peru got a series of passes in the box that culminated not with a shot but with Cuevas going down. No call. But wait, a video review, and a penalty was called in the end! Cuevas with the shot ... a terrible penalty; it goes miles over the net!

Delaney of Denmark one timed a shot, as Peru was confused, defensively, but it went well wide.

A giveaway set Sisto of Denmark on a run toward the box. He was brought down by Tapia of Peru. Yellow card and a free kick just outside the box. The kick by Eriksen went straight into the wall, but rebounded to give Schone a decent shot. Saved.

Denmark has been much more methodical in its offensive build-up, while Peru has gone directly for goal. Neither method has brought a goal.

Through ball to a charging Carillo brought a great chance for Peru, but his shot went wide. And just afterward Farfan was similarly stymied.

Peru started energetically, but Denmark has been turning it around, taking over possession and getting a string of corners. No near-goals for the Danes yet, but the game is much more evenly balanced.

Corner to Denmark after a rare extended possession. Keeper Gallese punched it away.

A little run by Carillo of Peru led to a curling shot, but Schmeichel was there again. Peru getting the best of the action so far.

A very long range shot by Yotun of Peru (an MLS player for Orlando) was caught easily by Denmark keeper Schmeichel.

Delaney was fed the ball in the box for Denmark and chested it, but it went the wrong way somehow. No real chances for either side yet.

Peru, in white, play in their first World Cup match for 36 years. Denmark are in red.

Peru

1. Gallese 2. Rodríguez 6. Trauco 8. Cueva 10. Farfán 13. Tapia 15. Ramos 17. Advíncula 18. Carrillo 19. Yotun 20. Flores

Denmark

1. Schmeichel 4. Kjaer 6. Christensen 7. Kvist 8. Delaney 9. N Jørgensen 10. Eriksen 14. Dalsgaard 17. Stryger Larsen 20. Poulsen 23. Sisto

• Peru is in the World Cup for the first time since 1982. The squad fought its way through the tough South American qualifying group, finishing ahead of Chile (and benefiting from Bolivia using an ineligible player). No South American team can ever be counted out, but Peru is certainly one of the weaker teams to represent the continent.

• Peru striker Jeferson Farfan, 33, finally gets his chance at the big show, where he will play behind the striker, if selected. That striker will be Paolo Guerrero, also a vet at 34.

• Christian Eriksen is the star man for Denmark after another great season at Spurs in England. A do-it-all midfielder, he can score, pass and anchor setpieces.

• In goal for Denmark is Kasper Schmeichel, the son of the legendary keeper Peter Schmeichel. He knows something about upsets, having played with Leicester in its miraculous Premeier League-winning season.

• With France likely to grab one spot from this group, and Australia a long-shot, the result of this game is arguably the most crucial. The winner will have one foot in the next round.