A fine finish by Yusuf Poulsen helped Denmak edge past an unlucky Peru by a narrow 1-0 margin.
Denmark faced off against Peru in the second match of Group C. Denmark were considered to be the favorites but they struggled for most of the match as Peru dominated the game from minute one. Peru had more possession, shots, Passes and were dominant throughout the game.
Although Denmark were the favorites, Peru was coming on the back of some good results in the the pre-world cup friendlies. They beat Saudi Arabia 3-0, Scotland 2-0 and Croatia 2-0.
The only area where Peru lacked was finishing and it cost them big time. Peru was also somewhat unlucky as they came really close to scoring on multiple occasions but the ball just refused to go in.
Christian Cueva missed a penalty for Peru towards the end of the first half as he blasted the ball way over the crossbar.
Demark was also unfortunate as their number eight William Kvist had to be taken off via a stretcher in the 36th minute after an accidental knee to his ribs following a challenge by Peru’s striker Jefferson Farfan. Ajax midfielder Lasse Schone replaced Kvist to put in a fine performance.
Kasper Schmeichel was brilliant for Denmark as he made Six saves in total including a clearance off the line against a powerful shot by Jefferson Farfan.
Denmark had few chances but they capitalised as Yusuf Poulsen scored a one-on-one following a pass by Denmark’s star Christian Eriksen.
This was Denmark’s first world cup win in 40 years and it did not come easily. Denmark will play Australia in their next match where they will look to book their spot in the knockouts.
As for Peru, their campaign is far from over. They will face off against favorites France in their next match on June 21 where they will look to cause a major upset. After their performance tonight, it shouldn’t be a surprise if they actually win against France.