The second Group C match saw Peru and Denmark going head to head for the first time in Sanarsk. While it was a 1-0 victory for Denmark, it wasn’t a very easy one as Peru went toe-to-toe with them on the turf.
It was Peru’s first World Cup appearance since 1982 and a penalty miss by Christian Cueva resulted in heartbreak for Los Incas. At the stroke of half-time, referee Bakary Gassama awarded Peru a penalty after he reviewed the incident on VAR. However, Cueva’s shot went blazing over the penalty bar and they lost their first chance. Still, it wasn’t over for them as they got plenty more opportunities in the second half but couldn’t quite make it past Kasper Schmeichel’s grip.
In the 59th minute, Peru were made to regret their missed opportunity as Yussuf Yurary Poulsen netted the ball from Christian Eriksen’s pass.
The result meant that Denmark moved into second in Group C on three points, behind France while Peru dropped to the bottom of the table behind Australia in third.