Peru fans storm tiny World Cup host city Saransk before Denmark clash

Eriksen-inspired Denmark out to spoil Peru's World Cup return

Peru started like the side that memorably beat Scotland at the 1978 World Cup finals, but then emerged for the second half more like the team that capitulated 6-0 to Argentina in the second round group phase - almost a decade later it was confirmed its government was bribed by the Argentine junta to arrange the pasting.

Peru gave the ball away on the halfway line and Christian Eriksen took full advantage as the ball was played through to Poulsen who slotted a shot inside the near post from 12 yards out.

In its first World Cup appearance in 36 years, Peru lost to Denmark, 1-0, in the team's opening game on Saturday, and many soccer fans just couldn't believe it. "For me in particular, in the first half I made a penalty, I was the bad guy".

It was a sublime save that secured all three points for Denmark from a game many observers feel they probably deserved to lose.

Both teams arrived in Saransk with an identical 15-match unbeaten streak and it appeared to be a matter of time before a bright-looking Peru, egged on by massive support at the stadium, would score.

Erisken was largely ineffective during this period but started having an impact on the game once the Danes began playing more passes.

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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. Yet Cueva struck an bad penalty, leaving the red-and-white clad Peru fans distraught.

One of Peru's key attacking players' this World Cup, Christian Cueva had the ideal chance to give his side the lead just before half-time against Denmark.

Guerrero came on after the hour mark and nearly scored an equaliser but his header flew straight into the hands of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

"I saw them today against France and they looked like a really hard team to play". They did their best. "But football is all about effectiveness".

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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