For the most part, Peru lived up to expectations about their exciting play. They were fast, relentless, took plenty of shots… and none went into the back of the net. Denmark, meanwhile, were a bit more measured. And they needed just one attack — a precise counter-attack from Christian Eriksen and Yurary — to win the match.
Denmark 1-0 Peru, final score
Peru won a penalty just before halftime, but couldn’t convert. The referee judged that Christian Cueva had been fouled in the box after a VAR review, but Cueva skied his spot kick over the bar.
Denmark took the lead 15 minutes into the second half, with Eriksen storming through the Peru midfield uncontested before setting up the winner
Peru had a ton of chances to equalize, but Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was on fire. He made six saves on the night, and this was the best one of the bunch.
Peru vs. Denmark lineups
If there’s one big surprise, it’s that Paolo Guerreiro isn’t starting for Peru. The star striker recently had a drugs banned overturned and is available off the bench, but Peru had to play a couple of warm-up friendlies without him. They must have liked what they saw from the Guerreiro-less lineups, since he was expected to return to the starting XI.
Denmark’s lineup is a lot less surprising. Expect everything to go through superstar Christian Eriksen in the middle.