Peru vs Denmark: Half-time report

Peru and Denmark meet in Saransk on Saturday

Peru and Denmark meet in Saransk on Saturday

Yussuf Poulsen bounced back from conceding a penalty to score the goal that gave Denmark a hard-fought 1-0 win in their World Cup Group C clash against a Peru side who were left to rue Christian Cueva's costly spot-kick miss in the first half.

For the second time on Saturday - and the second time in this World Cup - a penalty was awarded after a VAR consultation. "Next game, Peru can be on the lucky side". "You have to acknowledge the performance of Kasper today". The Danes are now upping the ante in search of another.

This victory marked the first time Denmark have kept five consecutive clean sheets, helped by Christian Cuevas' shocking penalty effort which was awarded by the referee only after a video assistant referee review.

Can Peru who have been the more exciting side in the first 45 minutes, find the opener in the second half? Peru 0, Denmark 0.

The Flamengo striker's return is a welcome one as his absence very almost cost Peru booking their place in the finals.

And Peru paid for this miss on 59 minutes when Denmark broke quickly.

However, Denmark have their own goal-machine in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eriksen, who netted 11 goals in his team's qualifiers, a record bettered only by Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski on the road to Russian Federation. He has 11 goals in his last 12 appearances.

Peru Pedro Gallese - Luis Advincula, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez (capt), Miguel Trauco - Yoshimar Yotun, Renato Tapia - Edison Flores, Christian Cueva, Andre Carrillo - Jefferson Farfan. (Subs: Caceda, Corzo, Santamaria, Araujo, Hurtado, Guerrero, Ruidiaz, Polo, Cartagena, Loyola, Aquino, Carvallo).

The experienced William Kvist will protect the defence allowing Thomas Delaney, now of Borussia Dortmund, to advance forward and support Eriksen and either Nicolai Jorgensen, who netted 10 Eredivisie goals for Feyenoord, or young prospect Kasper Dolberg up front.

Guerrero had an immediate effect when he came on minutes after the Danish goal and came close to scoring on several occasions.

"But we also have players at that level".

If dealing with Eriksen on the ground is a challenge, Peru will also have to ensure they are up for the battle in the air when the Spurs playmaker delivers from set-pieces.

"He is a classic star player, a strong finisher and really good in the box", Hareide told ahead of the Group C contest in Saransk. The Danes will rely heavily on the creative genius of Christian Eriksen, who was the team's top scorer in qualifying as well as their chief chance-creator.

- Peru have faced the eventual World Cup victor in each of their four previous World Cup appearances (Uruguay in 1930, Brazil in 1970, Argentina in 1978, Italy in 1982).

FIFA World Cup 2018 Peru v/s Denmark will be broadcast on Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 2 HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD in English Commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony 3 HD in Hindi Commentary.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 Peru vs Denmark match will take place on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Peru's pre-World Cup form has been impressive and they are unbeaten in their last 15 outings under the guidance of former Palmeiras and Independiente coach Ricardo Gareca. The referee initially waved play on before going to the screen on the touchline.

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