A landmark day for Peru, who returned to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982, ended with a sobering reminder of just how cruel football can be at times. Yussuf Poulsen scored the goal that broke Peru hearts on a night that turned into a personal ordeal for Christian Cueva, who had to be consoled by his teammates after his awful penalty, which was awarded following a pitchside review by the referee, sailed wildly over the bar just before half-time.
- Peru 0 – 1 Denmark : Yussuf Poulsen goal ensures the first win for Denmark against Peru.
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- Peru missed penalty kick
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Peru had one of its best chances of the day when Christian Cueva drove deep into the 18-yard box, then cut across and dodged three defenders in the 56th minute. He chipped a pass across to Andre Carillo, who nudged it on to Edison Flores. Flores couldn’t finish and the ball rolled off his foot out of bounds.
That miss was costly. The counterattack led to Denmark’s goal.
Christian Cueva misses the golden chance of scoring the goal through penalty kick
Christen Eriksen flicked a ball forward to Poulsen on a counterattack and Poulsen ran up on the ball and struck it without taking a touch. The Peruvian goalkeeper didn’t stand a chance at a save.
“We were playing against Denmark who are truly a great side. There was a great atmosphere in the stadium and that means we want to perform. We knew we would have great support, but we didn’t’ think there would be so many people having to travel so far.” – Ricardo Gareca, Peru coach
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“They (Peru) did a lot to try and get an equaliser, and you have to give credit to the defence and whole team. I think it is our fifth game without conceding a goal and it is very tough to play against World Cup opponents and do that.” – Age Hareide, Denmark coach
See all goals details of Peru Vs Denmark World cup football match:
- 59′ – GOAL! Denmark took the lead. Yussuf Poulsen with a brilliant goal as he strikes with left-foot from close range. Good, decisive assist from Christian Eriksen.
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