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Yussuf Poulsen goal powers Denmark to 1-0 win over Peru

17 June, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen

Peru began the fixture at a fast pace and they got their first shot on target as early as the eighth minute through Yoshimar Yotun, whose 25-yard strike went straight into the hands of Kasper Schmeichel.

Peru looked the better team and will rue the many chances they missed, particularly Christian Cueva, who blazed a penalty over the bar. The star striker was ruled out of the World Cup for doping but earned permission to play, cutting his ban short, just prior to the tournament.

But Kvist's game lasted just 32 minutes as he had to come off following an collision with Jefferson Farfan which saw the Peruvian's knee bash into his ribs, forcing him to eventually be taken off on a stretcher.

"If it's a fractured rib he's out for the rest of the World Cup for sure".

And one of those instances came in Peru and Denmark's stalemate.

Peru, who left out all-time top-scorer Paolo Guerrero from their starting lineup, were awarded a penalty after consultation with the video assistant referee for Poulsen's foul.

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However, Cueva wasted the chance, stuttering on his run-up and then blazing his effort about three yards over the crossbar despite sending Schmeichel the wrong way.

And in keeping a clean sheet, Schmeichel broke a national record of his father's, going 534 minutes without conceding a goal for Denmark - his father managed 470 in 1995.

Denmark also reached Russian Federation via the play-offs, beating the Republic of Ireland.

Both teams arrived in Saransk with an identical 15-match unbeaten streak and it appeared to be a matter of time before a bright-looking Peru, egged on by massive support at the stadium, would score.

Hareide added midfielder William Kvist's World Cup could already be over, after he was substituted during the second half of their win over Peru.

"They got very little and probably deserved more - sometimes that happens".

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