Peru vs. Denmark - Football Match Report

Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen

Denmark's side is built around playmaker Christian Eriksen

Saturday's opening 1-0 loss to Denmark in Group C at the World Cup was cruel, but epitomised why Peru are universally loved on and off the pitch. They have a quick style of play, and we know and have a lot of respect for them.

"They got very little out of this game, they probably deserved more, but that´s football".

Norwegian coach Age Hareide may haave moved away from the free-flowing model favoured by his predecessor Morten Olsen, but all of a sudden Denmark are back to their best as they hunt in packs and attack at pace.

Los Incas were also held to a goalless stalemate by Sweden but overcame Saudi Arabia 3-0, who were smashed 5-0 by Russian Federation in the opening game of the World Cup. "It's very tough against World Cup opponents". "You have to acknowledge the performance of Kasper today".

"I'm grateful, we fought very well and gave it everything we had".

"Peru did as much as possible to win the game and score". The feeling of cohesion within the team is very good.

However if they are to shock the world and get far in the competition it will likely be because of one man.

Poulsen squeezed his goal between charging Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese and the left post in the 59th minute after collecting an angled pass from midfielder Christian Eriksen.

The Danes, who have not lost a competitive game since October 2016, arrive on the back of a couple of strong results, drawing 0-0 to Sweden and beating Mexico 2-0.

The presence of Flamengo forward Guerrero is a huge relief to Peru boss Ricardo Gareca after his 14-month ban for taking cocaine was overturned just weeks before the World Cup kicked-off.

"I am pleased to be here and working with such skilful players".

"The players have shown good things in big clubs, they are used to pressure". I really can't complain. "I really think he played very well", Gareca said. Gareca said he did not want to change the combination that had seen Peru remain unbeaten for 15 matches since 2016. "Of course, people make mistakes and in all matches there are mistakes". He has the personality to turn it around. His clearing header in the box on a cross over Schmeichel's head helped the keeper recover and leap to grab the ball as it came down with Peru players looking to pounce. "I think this shows great solidarity", he added.

In response Peru bought on their talisman and national team captain Paolo Guerrero, and he almost scored with a glorious backheel that had Schmeichel beaten. Guerrero had an immediate effect when he came on minutes after the Danish goal and came close to scoring on several occasions. "That was the decision we made", the coach said.

Despite Braithwaite's assertion that his team didn't play well enough on the night, they demonstrated enough to provide headaches for Bert van Marwijk and his Australian team.

Although lacking in individual brilliance, Peru will be hoping their ability to adapt to different conditions serves them well in Russian Federation.

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