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16 Jun 2018

Peru 0-1 Denmark: 5 things we learned as Peru's hopes dashed

REUTERS/Max Rossi

The Peruvians are here. Let the party begin.

That was what the noise coming from the stands in the Mordovia Arena suggested, such was the passion of the travelling Peruvians. And they began in style, with a style of high energy football that took the game to the Danish.

However, Denmark eventually settled into the game and slowly sucked the soul out of Peru, quelling their early energy and developing a rhythm of their own.

Christian Cueva blasted Peru's best chance of the game over the bar after they were awarded a penalty through VAR, before Yussuf Poulsen put Denmark ahead - against the run of play - from Christian Eriksen's weighted pass.

KEY STAT: Eriksen has now been involved in 17 goals in his last 14 internationals.

Peru had more than their fair share of chances, notably Kasper Schmeichel making a great save from Jefferson Farfan late on, but even the appearance of all-time leading goal scorer Paolo Guerrero couldn't rescue a draw.