Peru's players are gutted after that. They had the better of the attacking play, they created the better of the goalscoring chances, but it's Denmark who come away with the win thanks for Poulsen's goal. Schmeichel was the man of the match for the Dans. What a performance.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
Peru - Denmark
World Cup - 16 June 2018
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Peru 0-1 Denmark
Is there time for one last chance for the Peruvians? They are on the front foot, they are peppering the Danish penalty area with long balls and crosses, but Denmark are holding firm.
- Yellow cardYussuf PoulsenDenmark
Poulsen enters the book late on. That was a cynical challenge from the goalscorer.
Denmark haven't been at their best, but they have taken their chance when it came to them. The same can't be said of Peru, who have been exceptionally wasteful in front of goal.
TOO MUCH ON IT! That was a nice idea from Cueva. He tried to guide the ball across the face of goal after a diagonal pass to the back post, but there was nobody in the middle.
FIVE minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
- OffRenato TapiaPeru
- OnPedro AquinoPeru
One final change for Peru, with Aquino coming on. Is there any way they can force an equaliser?
- Yellow cardThomas DelaneyDenmark
Delaney enters the book. Denmark are now looking to break up the Peruvian play.
GALLESE SAVES! The Peruvian goalkeeper might just have kept his team in this heading into the final minutes of the game. He made the save from Eriksen, who should score.
- OffJefferson FarfánPeru
- OnRaúl RuidíazPeru
Farfan comes off after missing that opportunity. It just wasn't his day in front of goal.
THAT WAS THE CHANCE! That should have been the equaliser for Peru. Carrillo beat his man, surged down the right and set up Farfan for the shot, but Schmeichel saves with his feet!
Is there another chance left in this game for Peru? They will be bitterly disappointed if they don't come out of this game with something to show for their effort. They have played well.
WHAT A CRUCIAL BLOCK! Just for a moment, that looked to be curtains for Peru. The ball fell to Jorgensen unmarked 10 yards out. But Advincula made an amazing block with an outstretched leg!
- OffAndreas ChristensenDenmark
- OnMathias JørgensenDenmark
That's not good news for Denmark. Christensen has been forced off with a knock.
It's just not going in for Peru. They have created so many opportunities, they have played with so much energy throughout this match, but Denmark still have a 1-0 lead.
BACKHEEL WIDE! Wow, that was soooo close to an equaliser. Cueva's shot falls at the feet of Guerrero with his back to goal six yards out. He tries a backheel, but it flashes just past the post.
You can't really say that Denmark have played too well, but this would be a great result for them to grind out. They are edging closer and closer to securing three points in their group opener.
The Peruvian fans inside the stadium in Saransk are giving it all they have got. There are reportedly 40,000 Peruvians in Russia for this World Cup. What a backing they have got.
ADVINCULA SHOT! The full back drives into the box, cuts back inside on to his left foot to take the shot on goal, but Schmeichel makes the solid save at his near post. Decent attemt.
There is so much spirit and heart about this Peruvian side and they are showing that right now. They will be gutted if they take nothing from this game having played so well.
WHAT A HEADER! Poulsen needed to get that right. The cross was staged up to the back post, where Guerrero was waiting to head home, but the Dane made the intervention.
Peru are really cranking up the pressure now. Denmark are slipping deeper and deeper as they hold on to what they have. Carrillo, Farfan and Guerrero are all causing problems.
INCHES WIDE! That looked destined for the back of the Danish net. A cross was headed back across goal and Carrillo and Farfan couldn't force it in at the back post. So close!
- OffPione SistoDenmark
- OnMartin BraithwaiteDenmark
A change for the Danes now and it's Sisto who comes off to be replaced.
Peru needed a lift after conceding that goal and the introduction of Guerrero from the bench looks to have done just that. They are playing with verve and urgency once again.
GUERRERO CHANCE! The Peru striker has made an instant impact. Guerrero spreads the ball out to the right, then waits for the cross into the box. But his header is straight at Schmeichel.
This is where Denmark might be quite comfortable just sitting back and absorbing pressure, keeping hold of the ball when they can. They are good at closing out teams.
Peru need their star man to pick them up here. Guerrero is their all time top scorer and the whole issue around his suspension and the appeal has galvanised the Peruvian team.
- OffEdison FloresPeru
- OnPaolo GuerreroPeru
This is the change Peru have been waiting for, with Guerrero coming on.
ALMOST AN INSTANT REPLY! Oh wow, that would have been the perfect reaction from Peru. Flores gets the shot away on goal from about 10 yards out, but Schmeichel makes the stop.
While Peru created a great scoring chance a few moments ago, there was a sense since the restart that Denmark had regrouped and had taken control of things. They lead.
- GoalYussuf PoulsenDenmark
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Peru 0 Denmark 1 (58 mins - Yussuf Poulsen). Denmark have taken the lead! Peru were caught up the pitch on the break, Eriksen prods through the pass for Poulsen, who had space. He was onside, held his run and slid a finish past Gallese. The Danes are ahead!
The lack of cutting edge in front of goal is becoming a bit of an issue for Peru now. They should have found the net at least once, but they have ben wasteful in front of goal.
HOW DID THEY MESS THAT UP? That should be a Peruvian goal. Cueva cuts inside, passes to Carrillo, who can't control it, and then Truaco completely scuffs his shot wide. Yikes.
Denmark are looking better at the start of the second half. Peru aren't pressing them as hard and as high as they were in the opening 45 minutes. There is a lower tempo to things.
Again, that's a waste from Eriksen. Initially, the freekick delivery was poor and then he strikes a rebound shot into the ground and the ball bounces harmlessly wide of the target.
We al thought that Denmark would cause problems from set pieces, given their height advantage over the Peruvians, but so far they have been wasteful from freekicks and corners.
That was a wasted opportunity for Peru. Farfan was played into the right channel, playing on the shoulder of the defender, but Christensen matched him and made the block.
Peru also have Guerrero on the bench and I'd imagine we will see him introduced before too long in this second half. He would give them something a little different in the final third.
How will Peru, and Cueva in particular, react to that missed penalty kick at the end of the first half? He looked devastated as he walked off for the half time break. Can he bounce back?
What a stat!
No changes made by either side at the break. Denmark will be hoping for an improvement in their performance in this second half. They were below par in the opening 45 minutes.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! It's still 0-0 between Peru and Denmark.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Peru 0-0 Denmark. What a let off that was for Denmark at the end of the half. Peru have been the better team on the whole and they should be ahead at the break.
BLASTED OVER THE BAR! Cueva stepped up to the 12-yard mark and he has smashed his penalty kick well over the bar. That's not even close! What a chance for Peru.
PENALTY KICK TO PERU! The referee went over to the viewing area and has used VAR to give the penalty to Peru! Cueva was caught by Poulsen.
BIG PENALTY CALL! Cueva goes down inside the area and on first viewing it looked like the Peruvian had his heels clipped. Will we go to VAR for this? This is a big call for the referee.
One wonders when we will see Guerrero. He's the talisman for this Peru side and of course, he only just made it to the World Cup after a ban was overturned. He would have missed it otherwise.
We're still waiting for the first goal, but this game has lived up to its billing. There's been so much energy from the very first whistle. You get the feeling Peru are fading a bit, though.
JUST OUT OF REACH! Delaney sends a volley to the back post after a poor clearing header by Peru, but Poulsen couldn't stretch far enough to send the ball towards the target.
ERIKSEN INTO THE WALL! The Danish playmaker sends his freekick right on the edge of the box into the wall, but Schone strikes the rebound on goal. Gallese makes the save.
- Yellow cardRenato TapiaPeru
The first card of the match is shown to Tapia for a foul on Sisto on the edge of the box.
Gallese hasn't had a save to make in the Peruvian goal. That's something Denmark must address either between now and half time or in the second half. They have been toothless.
There's the change for Denmark. Kvist has been forced to come off.
This doesn't look good for Kvist. Initially, it seemed to be an impact blow, but the Danish coaching staff are now getting ready to make a change. This wasn't in the plan for Denmark.
This has been an entertaining match so far, but all we need is a goal to set things alight. Peru have been the better of the two teams, but they have lacked composure in the final third.
KVIST INJURY? The Denmark midfielder is down on the ground after appearing to take a knee in the ribs from Farfan. There was no malice from the Peruvian striker. Sore one, though.
Peru give the ball away inside the own half, but Denmak didn't make the most of the chance to hit out on the counter attack. Poulsen allowed the move to break down.
Carrillo has probably been the best player on the pitch in this first half. He has been the one that has caused Denmark the most problems and that pass through was very nearly an assist.
FARFAN WIDE! That was not far away from being the opening goal for Peru. Carrillo threaded the pass in behind for Farfan, whose near post shot was deflected wide by Christensen.
DELANEY OVER! The Danish midfielder takes aim from about 25 yards out, but he always looked to be off balance and he sends his sliced effort over the target. Good try.
As soon as Denmark get the ball, there are at least two Peruvian players around them. This is great pressing play from the South Americans, but for how long can they keep this up?
This is slightly better from Denmark. They will look at set pieces as an opportunity to get at Peru, who were weak from set pieces in the qualifiers. The Danes must use their height.
Frustration is starting to bubble to the surface for some of the Danish players. They have found things tough in these opening exchanges. They need to regroup and take control of the ball.
Sisto has the quality to cause Peru problems. The winger comes into this World Cup on the back of a great season in La Liga, but consistency can be a bit of a problem for him.
Denmark have struggled to get anywhere near the Peruvian goal in this first half so far. They need Eriksen to take a grip of things. So much is riding on the Spurs playmaker.
There is so muh energy and pace to this Peruvian side and the Danes are struggling to cope at the moment. Peru are lacking cutting edge, but they have worked themselves into good positions.
Advincula has pace to burn and he makes a strong 60 yards surge down the right side to get on the end of a pass, but Christensen comes across and makes the sliding tackle.
Denmark need to tighten up a bit here. They are known for their defensive resolution, but they have given the ball away a little to easily in the opening 15 minutes of this match.
The way Peru have started has been very impressive. Most of their chances have come from distance, but they are well on top and are looking to make an impression early on.
BIG SAVE! That's the closest we have come to an opener. Carrillo cuts inside off the right wing on to his left foot and gets the curling shot away, but Schmeichel makes the diving save.
FLORES HAS ANOTHER CRACK! Peru are peppering the Danish goal with a few shots early on in this game. This time, Flores takes aim from distance and cracks one high and wide.
Trauco is finding himself in a lot of space as Denmark go quite narrow in their defensive approach. This time the left back crosses into the box, but Schmeichel comes off his line to catch.
There's so much energy about this Peru side. They don't look nervous, they are embracing this as an event and they have probably been the better team early on here.
LONG RANGE SHOT! Yotun takes aim from about 30 yards out. There was some power on the strike, but Schmeichel watched it all the way and made the save, holding on to the ball.
Peru didn't deal too well with that cross from Eriksen into the box. The Spurs playmaker is crucial to the way this Denmark team plays. Their attacking play comes through him.
It's been a lively opening to the game. Peru started on the front foot, crossing into the opposition penalty area, but not it's Denmark who are coming forward, creating chances.
PENALTY CLAIM! An early shout for a spot kick from the Peruvian players. They believe that Poulsen brought down Flores inside the box, but the claims were ignored. Probably the right call.
This has the potential to be a very good game. That's been a theme at this World Cup so far, but Peru have the confidence to cause Denmark problems. Should be an entertaining 90 minutes.
- 1st Half
The match is under way in Saransk! It's Peru against Denmark at the World Cup!
Denmark have superior pedigree to Peru, but the South Americans have some momentum on their side. Peru don't keep many clean sheets, while Denmark are solid at the back.
The big team news for Peru is that Guerrero is on the bench. He is their top scorer and he only just returned from a ban which was appealed. But Farfan has been favoured up top.
There is so much excitement around Peru for this World Cup. It's been 36 years since they have made it on to this stage. There are thousands upon thousands of Peruvian fans in Russia for this.
Eriksen will surely be a key figure for Denmark at this World Cup. He scored 11 goals over the course of the qualifying campaign, including a hat trick in the play-offs. Influential.
Earlier today, France claimed a 2-1 win over Australia, which puts Les Blues top of Group C. Peru and Denmark will be both hoping to join them at the top with a win in this game.
This could be quite the match. There's a real excitement about Peru. They believe that this is something of a golden generation for the country. They are a team that likes to attack.
Safe to say the Peru fans have turned up...
TEAM NEWS: Peru - Gallese, Advincula, Ramos, Rodriguez, Truaco, Yotun, Tapia, Flores, Cueva, Carrillo, Farfan. /// Denmark - Schmeichel, Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Larsen, Kvist, Delaney, Sisto, Eriksen, Poulsen, Jorgensen.
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