Kasper Schmeichel, Denmark Hold off Peru for 2018 World Cup Win

Denmark made them pay two minutes later on the counter-attack as Eriksen laid the ball of for Poulsen to finish inside the near post.

Denmark has a good chance of scoring on a set piece, and Peru likely will create a number of chances for its three-pronged attack of Jefferson Farfan, Edison Flores and Paolo Guerrero.

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.

Ricardo Gareca opted to introduce Peru's record goalscorer Paolo Guerrero and the veteran nearly made an instant impact, but the striker's header from 10 yards was sent straight into Schmeichel's hands.

During his legal battle, Guerrero received support from the captains of Peru's three Group C rivals, all of whom signed a letter asking Federation Internationale de Football Association to overturn his suspension.

The teams were level after an interesting first half in which Peru missed a penalty.

Now, Peru must hope they can break down France's defence next Thursday, or face an exit from the World Cup after two games.

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And given the format of the World Cup, which sees Denmark up against Australia in just five days' time, the midfielder may find himself missing out on part of his country's journey depending on the severity of his rib injury.

The use of video assistant referees continues to provoke debate, and it was called into use again on Saturday when Peru were awarded a penalty in an incident initially missed by the referee. VAR then intervened, and referee Bakary Gassama awarded the spot-kick.

Peru and Denmark have largely cancelled each other out over the first half at the Mordovia Arena.

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

Denmark head coach Age Hareide fears he may have lost William Kvist for the rest of the World Cup after battling past Peru in a 1-0 victory.

  • Stacy Allen