Denmark’s Poulsen ruins Peru return at World Cup

Calvin Saunders
June 19, 2018

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca agreed with his counterpart that the result did not reflect a true picture of the match, with his side rueing a awful penalty miss from Christian Cueva which would have put them ahead just minutes before halftime.

"He's acrobatic, he's fast on his feet and his goal-line play is probably one of the best in the world - you have to acknowledge his performance", said Denmark's coach Age Hareide.

Cueva horribly miscued his penalty just before the interval having been brought down in the box by Poulsen - an incident Gambian referee Bakary Gassama watched replays of on the pitchside monitor before pointing to the spot.

"Afterwards he participated in lots of plays".

Peru will head to Russian Federation with their talismanic captain Paolo Guerrero after nearly missing him due to a doping ban.

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.

Coach Ricardo Gareca says Peru must recover quickly from losing their first game at a World Cup finals for 36 years to bounce back against France and keep their Russian Federation 2018 hopes alive.

"Paolo is playing very well since playing with the national team", he said.

Denmark, for whom Thomas Delaney had shot over, were forced into a change in the 35th minute as the injured William Kvist was substituted for Lasse Schone and three minutes later Eriksen sent a free-kick into the wall, with Schone's effort on the rebound being dealt with by goalkeeper Pedro Gallese. "Guerrero once more proved he is key for this group of players".

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Within his first two minutes on the field, his point-blank header was saved by Schmeichel. Schmeichel turned away many by diving or extending whatever limb he could into the ball's path.

Kasper Schmeichel denied Jefferson Farfan brilliantly with six minutes to go as Ricardo Gareca's men gave a good account of themselves in their first World Cup match for 36 years, entertaining the hordes of South American fans who packed the Mordovia Arena.

"We didn't deserve to lose, but we can't cry over spilt milk".

In the fifth minute, Peru's Luis Advincula shot wide after meeting a pass from teammate Renato Tapia.

Peru almost broke through in the 13th minute when Carrillo executed a step-over dribble to his left, along the edge of the penalty area, and unleashed a low, hard left-footer.

The Danish, meanwhile, didn't have a good chance either in the first half.

Hareide's side kick-off their campaign in Saransk on Saturday, with Australia and tournament favourites France also in the pool.

On his return, he scored one goal and made another in a 2-0 win over Mexico that served as a dress rehearsal for their World Cup opener.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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