'Acrobat' Schmeichel earns praise after denying Peru

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Denmark used a counter attack in the 59th minute that resulted in a goal by forward Yussef Yurary Poulsen.

Coach Ricardo Gareca said his side wanted to "express our gratitude to all of the captains" who had written to Federation Internationale de Football Association earlier this year, supporting a lifting of Guerrero's suspension so the 34-year-old former Bayern Munich attacker could make what might be the only World Cup appearance of his career. After the penalty, he stayed in there, he was asking for the ball.

Peru's forward Paolo Guerrero (C) vies for the ball with teammates during a training session at the Arena Khimki stadium, outside Moscow, on June 11, 2018, ahead of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

The Peruvians came out in attack mode in the early going of this Group C match in Saransk and put Denmark on its heels.

Hareide said in his post-match press conference of Leicester's Schmeichel: "He is acrobatic, he is a very quick goalkeeper".

Denmark, for whom Thomas Delaney had shot over, were forced into a change in the 35th minute as the injured William Kvist was substituted for Lasse Schone and three minutes later Eriksen sent a free-kick into the wall, with Schone's effort on the rebound being dealt with by goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.

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Peru had appeared in the FIFA World Cup for the last time in 1982 and in their comeback match, they face an opponent who is also making a comeback after missing out on the 2014 edition.

Ignoring the fact that Denmark's players often end up at top Dutch clubs renowned for their passing styles, the no-nonsense Norwegian coach Hareide has adopted a more pragmatic approach similar to that of Sweden and Iceland that is paying dividends.

Within his first two minutes on the field, his point-blank header was saved by Schmeichel. "He played very well".

Peru did everything but find the back of the net during the 1-0 loss against Denmark in their World Cup opener on Saturday and having all-time leading scorer Paolo Guerrero sitting on the bench for an hour did not help.

Peru finished with 17 attempts to Denmark's 10, and numerous Incas' shots were of the point-blank variety.

"I do think, we were a bit afraid of the atmosphere, the intensity of it and it affected us".

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However, the indomitable Peruvian spirit is unlikely to be dampened, and they will take the party to Ekaterinburg where they face France on Thursday.

Within the opening minutes, Peru was pushing forward and almost drew a penalty when Edison Flores and Poulsen collided on the left side of the box, but Gassama waved play on.

The so-called Danish Dynamite did not get its first shot on goal until the 39th minute.

Hareide's side kick-off their campaign in Saransk on Saturday, with Australia and tournament favourites France also in the pool.

To be in a World Cup is the best thing for a football player.

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