Soccer fans stunned Peru didn't score against Denmark in World Cup

Denmark's Yussuf Poulsen redeemed himself with the victor in Saransk after conceding a first-half penalty, awarded by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, which Christian Cueva blasted over the crossbar.

Coach Ricardo Gareca said his side wanted to "express our gratitude to all of the captains" who had written to Federation Internationale de Football Association earlier this year, supporting a lifting of Guerrero's suspension so the 34-year-old former Bayern Munich attacker could make what might be the only World Cup appearance of his career.

When Poulsen clipped Cueva's boot on 45 minutes, referee Bakary Gassama checked with the Video Assistant Referee and pointed to the spot for the second penalty awarded through the system of the day after France had also benefited against Australia.

"Afterwards he participated in lots of plays".

The win means Denmark join France at the top of Group C on three points after the opening round of fixtures.

However, Denmark have their own goal-machine in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eriksen, who netted 11 goals in his team's qualifiers, a record bettered only by Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski on the road to Russian Federation.

Federation Internationale de Football Association revealed that more than 40,000 World Cup tickets were sold in Peru and Gareca's side were backed by a partisan crowd, but he claimed his players were not adversely affected, saying: "We didn't expect so many people to come and watch us but they didn't put pressure on us".

Peru was very impressive in their warm-up matches but played a goalless draw against Sweden in their last match leading to the global showpiece in Russian Federation.

AFTER scoring a "lucky" win against Peru, Denmark players have turned their attention to Australia, knowing a win will nearly certainly guarantee qualification to the second round.

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Eriksen is clearly the key to Denmark's hopes, but they will need more from their other attacking players to make a real impact on the tournament. "He's a very strong player with a strong character and mindset".

In the second half the goalkeeper of Danes Kasper, Smigel made a few saves and extended his goalless series of matches for the national team to five fights that were not even his famous father Peter.

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

"I do think we were a bit afraid of the atmosphere, the intensity of it", he said. "We have to recover quickly to face France".

Orlando City's Yoshimar Yotun lashed the ball into Schmeichel's midriff from 25 yards as Peru made a positive, energetic start to the game and Edison Flores lifted a powerful shot over the crossbar from just outside the box.

Peru almost broke through in the 13th minute when Carrillo executed a step-over dribble to his left, along the edge of the penalty area, and unleashed a low, hard left-footer.

The so-called Danish Dynamite did not get its first shot on goal until the 39th minute.

Kvist was substituted after a hard collision with a leaping Farfan as the two pursued a ball in the air.

  • Michelle Webb