Winners and losers as Denmark narrowly beat Peru 1-0

Danish Christian Eriksen during the international soccer test match. Ritzau Scanpix  Lars Moeller via REUTERS

Denmark left back Andreas Christensen thwarted two more Peru threats before 20 minutes had elapsed, first with his well-timed slide tackle on Luis Advincula on the right edge of the area, and minutes later with a quick-reaction swing of his left foot to deflect Carrillo's low shot toward the right post.

Both teams are riding some momentum, but Peru more so.

Peru looked the better team and will rue the many chances they missed, particularly Christian Cueva, who blazed a penalty over the bar.

The South Americans continued to attack in the second half and almost opened the scoring in the 57th minute but Andre Carrillo and Edison Flores missed chances in a goalmouth scramble.

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.

Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen, who had an otherwise quiet outing, set up the game's decisive moment by threading an immaculate defence-splitting pass to Poulsen who beat advancing Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese in the 59th minute.

Peru - quarter-finalists and semi-finalists at the past two Copa America tournaments under the guidance of Ricardo Gareca - repaid the faith and passion with a typically pulsating performance that has seen them emerge from the shadows in CONMEBOL.

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The referee initially waved Peru's appeals away after Cueva appeared to be tripped by Poulsen but as play continued, the decision was being reviewed and the official eventually halted the action to point to the spot.

"After the penalty he was asking for the ball, participating in play - that's the only way".

And in the second-half, the midfielder could not find his way back into the game, looking void of some confidence following his penalty miss.

After years of sorrow, Peru have gone to extraordinary lengths to support their team with fans quitting jobs and sleeping on floors to make it to Russian Federation having failed to make the World Cup since 1982.

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.

And you could hear it from the atmosphere within the ground as the Peruvian fans were loud for the entire 90 minutes of the match, buoying their players on as they gave Denmark a tough ride.

Denmark will hope for another three points when they meet Australia while Peru face the French side hoping to keep their tournament hopes alive on Thursday.

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