Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

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

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

Hareide added midfielder William Kvist's World Cup could already be over, after he was substituted during the second half of their win over Peru.

Denmark made them pay two minutes later on the counter-attack as Eriksen laid the ball of for Poulsen to finish inside the near post.

Peru's players appeared to be under strain at the end of a dramatic first half at Mordovia Arena, where an emotional Christian Cueva had to be consoled by his team-mates after missing a penalty.

Ricardo Gareca opted to introduce Peru's record goalscorer Paolo Guerrero and the veteran nearly made an instant impact, but the striker's header from 10 yards was sent straight into Schmeichel's hands.

During his legal battle, Guerrero received support from the captains of Peru's three Group C rivals, all of whom signed a letter asking Federation Internationale de Football Association to overturn his suspension.

"We were playing against a truly great team with very, very good players and the atmosphere in the stadium has nothing to do with what happened on the pitch".

Denmark looked more assured after the restart and pushed forward in search of a breakthrough.

There are no easy games in South American World Cup qualification, and Los Incas outscored the likes of Argentina, Colombia and Chile to get here.

In the 43rd minute, Edison Flores went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Yussuf Poulsen though referee Bakary Gassama did not deem it a foul initially. "People make mistakes and we have to try and turn things around".

Kasper Schmeichel (C) was inspirational in goal for Denmark. Cueva then took and missed, hitting it over the bar.

The last time the Leicester City goalkeeper conceded a goal for Denmark came in their 5-1 play-off win over the Republic of Ireland, in November 2017.

"We have an advantage in the air - we're better in this department and have to make it count".

What an journey Peru fans have been on to see their country at the World Cup, after a 36-year absence.

If you weren't a Peru fan before, you probably are now.

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