2018 World Cup
Result: Peru 0-1 Denmark
Date: 16 June 2018
Venue: Mordovia Arena
Yussuf Poulsen's second-half strike was enough to hand Denmark a 1-0 win over a spirited Peru in their Group C clash on Saturday evening.
Peru were full of energy in the early stages and used their pace and skill to create chances but Denmark were firm at the back.
The South Americans were having the best chances after a quarter of an hour and were very impressive going forward.
The Danes, meanwhile, were beginning to settle after 20 minutes, forcing Los Incas to defend in their own half.
Christian Eriksen had a chance to break the deadlock for Age Hareide’s troops seven minutes before the break with a free-kick just outside the box but he could not capitalise.
Peru were awarded a penalty on the stroke of halftime after a review with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) but Christian Cueva, who was fouled in the area, failed to convert as he blazed his effort over the crossbar.
Los Incas had half chances to break the deadlock ten minutes into the second stanza but they could not take beat goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
They were then punished on the hour-mark by Yussuf Poulsen, who drilled a low effort into the back of the net from ten-yards after being released by Eriksen to put Denmark ahead.
Peru were resorting to long balls with 20 minutes to go and were forcing goal-mouth scrambles that were uncomfortable for the Danes, while their skipper, Paulo Guerrero was also introduced.
The South Americans were creating plenty of chances with ten minutes to go, with Guerrero going closest with back-heel that sailed inches wide of the mark.
Peru threw everything at the Danes in the closing minutes but Hareide’s men managed to hold on for the massive three points.
After the first round of matches in Group C, France currently top the standings followed Denmark and Peru respectively while Australia are rooted to the bottom.