Denmark got off to a good start at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as they held on to a one-goal lead in a highly-contested Group C encounter with Peru at the Mordovia Arena, Saransk in Russia on Saturday.
Peru, who dominated most of the game, were making their first World Cup appearance since the 1982 edition in Spain.
Christian Cueva had the chance to end the first half in dream style for Peru after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) awarded them a penalty, but he missed it.
The São Paulo FC star got his technique horribly wrong as he skied the ball over the bar.
Yussuf Poulsen finally broke the deadlock on the hour mark to put Denmark ahead, courtesy of a good run started by Christian Eriksen from the midfield.
The Denmark side held unto the lead in spite of pressure late on from their opponents. They secured all three points.
It was the second match of the day in Group C and the first one saw France beat Australia 2-1 thanks to a late winner by Paul Pogba.
Peru will face France in their second group clash on Thursday, while Denmark will seek to continue the winning start against Australia.
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