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Goal by Yusuf Poulsen leads Denmark to victory over Peru

Goal by Yusuf Poulsen leads Denmark to victory over Peru

Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen had an otherwise quiet outing but provided the decisive moment when he threaded an immaculate pass through the defence for Poulsen to beat advancing Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese in the 59th minute.

Back in the World Cup for the first time in 36 years, Peru have invaded Russian Federation - seas of red and white taking over Moscow and Saransk - the venue for Saturday's Group C opener 630 kilometres east of the capital.

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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.

Federation Internationale de Football Association revealed that more than 40,000 World Cup tickets were sold in Peru and Gareca's side were backed by a partisan crowd, but he claimed his players were not adversely affected, saying: "We didn't expect so many people to come and watch us but they didn't put pressure on us".

Denmark last reached the World Cup in 2010 and has five appearances overall.

Cueva had the stadium on the verge of raptures until his spot-kick was sent in to orbit, while Paolo Guerrero - who was surprisingly left on the bench having been cleared to play in Russian Federation following a drugs ban - saw his clever backheel trickle agonisingly wide of the post.

"Peru did as much as possible to win the game and score".

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.

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Despite Braithwaite's assertion that his team didn't play well enough on the night, they demonstrated enough to provide headaches for Bert van Marwijk and his Australian team.

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

The South American nation will face Denmark at noon ET on Saturday in the teams' 2018 FIFA World Cup opener. But already, after seven games it has been tested and used to positively affect games. "People make mistakes and we have to try and turn things around".

Peru were pacy in their counter attacks but lost their way around the box as one gilt-edged chance after another was wasted. VAR then intervened, and referee Bakary Gassama awarded the spot-kick.

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.

Peru returns to the World Cup for the first time since 1982. He topped the scoring charts in qualifying for Denmark with 11 goals.

Peru was excellent throughout pulling the Danish defense out of shape, but ultimately failing to make it count when it mattered.

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

"They got very little and probably deserved more - sometimes that happens".