Denmark didn’t win it, Peru lose it
If I have to sum up the game between Denmark and Peru, I’ll definitely say it was Yussuf Poulsen’s day. He scored for Denmark and made a crucial clearance at the far post, except that I cannot conclude that Denmark win it, but Peru definitely lose it.
Denmark didn’t enjoy the better share of possession, hasn’t had more shot on goal than Peru, and definitely were not looking dangerous on the counter. It was Peru who qualified for FIFA World Cup after 36 long years were looking more dangerous team.
Moral victories don’t mean much, but even sitting here feeling the heat in my face ? from rage after that loss I can say Peru BALLED today. Showed the world why we qualified out of CONMEBOL. Just play that way two more times, only w/ MORE Guerrero & some DAMN GOALS #VamosPeru
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) June 16, 2018
Peru had 17 shots compared to Denmark’s 10. They created 14 chances compared to Denmark 5 and had 53% of possession. if they didn’t deserve to win the game, they definitely deserved a 1-1 draw, but Christian Cueva’s terrible penalty miss cost them the game.
Pass accuracy: 82%-79%
Chances created: 14-5
Peru pay the ultimate penalty for missed chances in Saransk. pic.twitter.com/5qIOJoyrLp
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 16, 2018
All wasn’t lost when Cueva sky-rocketed the penalty awarded after VAR consultation, but it was definitely the moment Peru should have killed the game. They looked strategically sound, were tactically better, and had the ball in Denmark’s penalty area on regular occasion. If they’d have been more clinical with their chances, they would have definitely won this game.
Kasper Schmeichel made five big saves to deny Peru a goal. Farfan, Cueva, and Guerrero have had their chances but all gone begging. South America side didn’t allow Denmark to settle in first 20 minutes but then Chrisitan Eriksen and Yussuf Poulsen started to link and cause some damage.
Poulsen playing his first World Cup enjoyed the day with a goal and a crucial clearance, whereas Peru’s Jefferson Farfan must be damning his luck. He missed most of the Peru chances and Cueva’s penalty miss topple Peru to lose that game.
It wasn’t a game Denmark won, but Peru lose it.