Yussuf Poulsen goal powers Denmark to 1-0 win over Peru

World Cup 2018:

World Cup 2018:

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.

Peru created the better chances throughout the 90 minutes and missed a penalty through Christian Cueva, but a second-half strike from Yussuf Poulsen extended Denmark's unbeaten run to 16 matches, as well as ending Peru's 15-game undefeated streak.

The dead-ball specialist will look to exploit Peru's diminutive team (one of the smallest in the tournament), by providing excellent service to his countrymen (some of the tallest in the tournament). They have a quick style of play, and we know and have a lot of respect for them.

Peru's biggest pre-World Cup storyline centered around Paolo Guerrero, who was originally suspended for 12 months, but the ban was reduced to six months by FIFA's appeal committee in December. That helped the keeper recover and leap to grab the ball as it came down with Peru players nearby looking to pounce.

RB Leipzig's exciting winger, Poulsen was fortunate not to be punished for a clumsy tackle inside the box as Cueva missed the first-half penalty.

Peru has four World Cup appearances.

And given the format of the World Cup, which sees Denmark up against Australia in just five days' time, the midfielder may find himself missing out on part of his country's journey depending on the severity of his rib injury.

The penalty was awarded after Gambian referee Bakary Gassama used the video assistant referee system to decide Poulsen had tripped Cueva in the penalty area.

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.

Denmark head coach Age Hareide fears he may have lost William Kvist for the rest of the World Cup after battling past Peru in a 1-0 victory.

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