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Yurary Poulsen’s lone goal in the second half inspired
Denmark to beat Peru 1-0 in a tough World Cup Group C
clash here on Saturday.
In the 59th minute,
Poulsen slotted the ball into the bottom left corner
after meeting a clever pass from teammate and star
player Christian Eriksen.
Despite the Peruvians’ continuous fierce attacks,
they failed to level the score till the end.
It was the first ever encounter between the two
teams, which are rather evenly matched, as Peru is
ranked the world’s 11th and Denmark 12th according to
The Peruvians, playing a 4-2-3-1 formation, launched
fast attacks from the very beginning, making attempts at
the goal three times within the first nine minutes.
But the efforts didn’t pay off in face of the strong
defense of the Danish side.
In the fifth minute, Peru’s Luis Advincula shot wide
after meeting a pass from teammate Renato Tapia.
Just three minutes later, Yoshimar Yotun took a
speculative shot but the ball was confiscated by veteran
goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel of Denmark.
A minute later, another attempt from the Peruvian
side was again stopped by Schmeichel.
The best chance for Peru perhaps came at the last
minute of the first half, as Christian Cueva was awarded
a penalty kick after Video assistant referee (VAR)
technology showed that he was fouled by Denmark’s Yussuf
But his right-foot shot went over the bar.
The Danish, meanwhile, didn’t have a good chance
either in the first half.
In the 32nd minute, William Kvist was forced off by
Seven minutes later, Denmark got a free kick
opportunity after Renato Tapia was given a yellow card.
Star man Christian Eriksen kicked the ball wide and
Lasse Schone followed with a shot but was saved by the
Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.
Paces picked up in the second half, as the Danish
emerged from break with more attacking intents and broke
the deadlock in the 59th minute with Poulsen’s clever
Guerrero nearly leveled the score for Peru through a
backheel kick minutes after he came off the bench but
the ball trickled wide.
FIFA statistics showed that Peru made 17 attempts at
the goal throughout the match, while Denmark made 10.
Ball possession was 52 percent for Peru and 48 percent
Both of Peru and Denmark are competing in their fifth
World Cup tournament.
It was the first time for Peru to qualify for the
World Cup since Spain 1982, while Denmark missed out on
Saturday’s match is important for both sides as they
are fighting for the second spot for qualifying for the
Round of 16, while France, also in Group C, are tipped
as the most hopeful for the top spot.
A total of 40,502 spectators attended Saturday’s
match at the 44,000-seat Mordovia Arena, among which
Peru fans outnumbered Denmark supporters by a large