As it happened: Peruvians left devastated as Denmark snatch victory

As it happened: Peruvians left devastated as Denmark snatch victory

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Josh Slinger
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I've been Josh Slinger and I hope you've enjoyed tonight's World Cup coverage. Make sure to keep up-to-date with VAVEL for the match report from this game, as well as coverage of every single game in Russia! 

Peru now have the task of facing group-favourites France, whilst Denmark will play Australia. Both games to be played on Thursday.

My Man of the Match has to be Kasper Schmeichel - dealt with everything that went his way for the full 90, and brought confidence to the Danish backline with his leadership as the pressure piled on in the second-half.

Had Cueva converted his penalty right on half-time the game would've been likely to have a very different outcome - the Peruvian number eight looks distraught at full-time.  

A thrilling encounter in which both sides gave it their all from start to finish. Peru will feel very hard-done-by to have got nothing from the game, with many balls going agonisingly wide of the Danish goal. 

Fulltime: Peru 0-1 Denmark

90+3: Denmark wisely keeping the ball in the corner, Eriksen and Poulsen time-wasting as much as they can.

90: The referee as indicated for an additional five minutes! 

87: A final change for Peru - Pedro Aquino Sánchez replacing Renato Tapia.

86: Eriksen with the chance to kill the game on the counter-attack, although his effort is saved by the advancing Gallese.

85: Raúl Ruidíaz replaces Farfan, who has had a very disappointing afternoon. 

84: Carrillo again causing problems for the Danes, a burst of pace to beat their whole backline before picking Farfan who fires straight at Denmark's number one. 

82: Eriksen dispossess Cueva inside of his own half, then picks out Jørgensen whos effort is expertly blocked by Luis Advíncula.

81: Andres Christensen is replaced by Mathias Jørgensen - looks as though the Chelsea defender has picked up a knock.

79: Yet again, so close from the Peruvians! Cueva dictating in the Danish box before picking out Guerrero who improvises superbly with a backheel in a packed box - yards wide of Schmeichel's goal, and the Danes can breathe again.

69: Agonisingly close from Peru! Alberto Rodríguez playing the ball right across the face of goal, with the stretching Farfan unable to get a foot on the ball. Denmark hanging on by the skin of their teeth!

67: Substitution for Denmark, the pacey Sisto is taken off for Martin Braithwaite, who has scored 4 goals in his last 5 for the Danes. 

64: Guerrero almost with an instant impact, losing his marker inside the box before heading the ball straight at the so far excellent Schmeichel. 

63: Flores is taken off for Guerrero - Peru's all-time leading goalscorer!

61: Peru almost bouncing back instantly as the ball falls to Flores inside of the box before he is thwarted by the strong palms of Schmeichel. The goal has fired the game into life!

59: Eriksen driving at the heart of the Peru backline before threading the ball through to Poulsen, who calmly slots the ball past Gallese!

GOAL! Denmark take the lead!

57: Lovely fast-flowing move from Peru, Cueva dictating inside the Denmark box, before seeing he's been flagged for offside. 

54: Denmark the strongest side thus far in the second-half, Eriksen getting on the ball more, although unable to produce anything game-changing as of yet.

46: The teams are out for the second 45, with Peru kicking things back off.

Peru the better side throughout the first half, and had a great chance to take the lead with a penalty right on half-time, although an awful effort from Cueva keeps the game goalless. 

Half-time: Peru 0-0 Denmark

An awful penalty from Cueva, firing the ball miles over Schmeichel's bar. A huge let off for the Danes!

Penalty missed!

45: Penalty given! Peru with a chance from the spot right on half-time.

44: Controversy as Christian Cueva appeals for a penalty for a challenge from Yurary - VAR review imminent. 

39: Eriksen with a great chance with a free-kick right on the edge of the box, however, his effort is smashed straight into the wall before Schöne lashes it straight down the throat of Pedro Gallese.

37: Following an explosive start from the Peruvians, they now look lethargic and in need of a break, potential chance for Denmark to capitalise before the break! 

35: Substitution for Denmark - the injured William Kvist is replaced by Lasse Schöne. A huge shame for the 33-year-old in what is almost certainly going to be his final World Cup.

29: Best chance of the game thus far, Carrillo slotting the ball through to Jefferson Farfán, who looked to be through on goal before he delayed for a split second and his shot was blocked. 

22: Keeping a clean-sheet for the opening 22 minutes has meant that Schmeichel has now gone 471 minutes without conceding a goal - a national record!

20: Denmark finally starting to grow into the game, Sisto being the catalyst for their danger in the last few minutes, looking to get at the South-American's down the left flank.

13: Carrillo causing more problems for Denmark down the right, cutting in and forcing a good save from Schmeichel - diving down to his right-hand side. 

11: Andre Carrillo Peru's most dangerous outlet thus far, constantly looking to drive down the right-wing, causing many problems for the Danish backline.

8: Positive start from Peru, knocking the ball around very nicely. Yoshimar Yotún tried his luck from range, although Kasper Schmeichel gathered the ball comfortably.

2: Yussuf Poulsen brings down  Edison Flores, brief penalty shouts from the Peruvian faithful, however, nothing is given.

1: We're underway! Denmark kick us off in their first World Cup in eight years.

The teams have made their way out onto the pitch - ready for their opening game in Russia. 

Following France's 2-1  victory over Australia earlier today, both teams will be desperate for victory to join Les Bleus in the Round of 16 qualification spots in this potentially group-deciding game. 

The teams have finished their warmup and are almost ready for their World Cup opener. Peru on a 15 game win-streak whilst the Danes haven't lost in 14.

Denmark: Schmeichel, Kjær, Christensen, Dalsgaard, Stryger, Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen, Jørgensen, Yurary, Sisto

Peru: Gallese, Rodriguez, Trauco, Ramos, Advincula, Cueva, Tapia, Yotun, Farfan, Carrillo, Flores

Team lineups are out!

Team news will come an hour before kick-off but in the meantime, if you want to join in with the World Cup debate over on Twitter, make sure you follow us @VAVEL.

Due to the fact that Group C also contains one of the favourites for the competition in France, the other three sides in the group will feel as though there is just one place to play for, meaning that the winner of this tie will most likely become favourites to join Les Bleus in the last 16 - no doubt resulting in jangling nerves in Saranska.

This game will be played out in front of 44,000 people inside of the Mordovia Arena, and will be the first time that the two sides have met, making it very hard to predict a winner due to their contrasting styles of play but a very similar apparent level of quality - maybe one to leave out of your accumulator. 

The Danes will be looking towards Christian Eriksen as their star man and outlet going forward in their fifth World Cup, and whilst the Tottenham Hotspur creative-midfield will have the pressure of the nation. The 26-year-old was key as the Danes secured their ticket to Russia as he scored a hat-trick against the Republic of Ireland in their 5-1 play-off second-leg win. Another player that could be one to look out for could be Pione Sisto of Celta Vigo - a pacey 23-year-old winger. Denmark also have no injury concerns ahead of their first game in Russia. 

The big team news for the Peruvians is that star man and all-time top goalscorer Paolo Guerrero will be available after being reprieved from a doping ban in time for the start of the tournament. Head coach Ricardo Gareca said "Whatever happened in the past, Paolo is very, very fit, he is training at a very high level and he really is ready to play." Guerrero scored twice on his returning game vs Saudi Arabia. Peru have no injury concerns.

Denmark last reached the World Cup in South-Africa 2010, where they failed to make it into the knockout stages of the competition, however, will also fancy their chances in Russia due to having equally impressive form in the build-up, including an impressive 2-0 victory over Mexico last weekend.

Peru are making their first appearance in the World Cup since 1982, and will feel that they're in with a great chance of making their way through to the knock-out stages of this competition if they're able to beat their most-likely group rivals in their opener. La Blanquirroja (The White and Red) come into the game on good form, being unbeaten in their last 11 games.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK’s live minute-by-minute coverage of this afternoon’s FIFA World Cup group-stage match between Peru and Denmark at the Mordovia Arena in Saranska. The game gets underway at 5.00pm, but stick around until then because we’ll have plenty of build-up from myself, Josh Slinger, to keep you entertained.

 
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