Poulsen grabs winner, leaves Peruvians frustrated with missed chances

Peru played its first game at a World Cup on Saturday since 1982, and it’s hard to envision it being any more frustrating than Saturday turned out to be. In Group D, the South Americans fell 1-0 to Denmark in excruciating fashion: missing a penalty kick, failing to score on 17 shots and missing numerous chances close to the goal.

It was this effort just before the hour mark from Yussuf Poulsen that gave Denmark the win. Christian Cueva skied a first-half penalty kick, but it looked like the equalizer was there on 79 minutes with Paolo Guerrero’s backheel that went just wide. Take a look.

And it’s a painful result for Peru, forcing them to get something from their next match against France on Thursday. Meanwhile, Denmark is sitting pretty with three points and on the verge of making the next round. They play Australia on Thursday.

The Danes weren’t sharp, especially in the back. But thanks to keeper Kasper Schmeichel’s numerous saves, they earned the three points. There’s plenty to work on, but it’s as good of a start as they could have hoped when it comes to the result.


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