Paolo Guerrero left out by Peru against Denmark

Eriksen-inspired Denmark out to spoil Peru's World Cup return

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Take the underdogs here, with Peru midfielder Yoshi Yotun making an impact all match. "You have to acknowledge the performance of Kasper today". Denmark coach Age Hareide is likely to adopt a 4-3-3 formation, continuing the formula used in his team's 5-1 thrashing of Ireland last November.

"I always wait until the last second to decide" the lineup, Gareca said.

Peru started the brighter of the two sides, keeping Danish danger man Christian Eriksen under wraps for much of the first half, and they should have gone ahead just before the break when Cueva was tripped in the box by Poulsen.

And he said of Cueva, who looked devastated after his penalty miss: "Of course, people make mistakes". Peru 0, Denmark 0.

Peru began the game on the front foot, putting Denmark under immediate pressure and it took the Danes until the half-hour mark to regain some composure.

But they were unable to breach Denmark's well organised defence despite coming close on several occassions, most notable a backheel by Paolo Guerrero off a pass from Cueva that went narrowly wide despite beating Denmark custodian Kasper Schmeichel. (Subs: Caceda, Corzo, Santamaria, Araujo, Hurtado, Guerrero, Ruidiaz, Polo, Cartagena, Loyola, Aquino, Carvallo).

Denmark: Smigel - Telshor, Kjaer, Christensen (M. Jorgensen, 81), Larsen Delaney, Kvist (Shen 35) - Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto (Braithwait, 67) - N. Jorgensen.

"We will also find our way into the game and how we can change our approach if needed".

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A spectacular Philippe Coutinho goal gave Brazil a 1-0 halftime lead over Switzerland in their opening Group E match on Sunday. The match was pretty much all Brazil from the beginning, but outside of its lone goal, the ball just didn't want to go in.

If dealing with Eriksen on the ground is a challenge, Peru will also have to ensure they are up for the battle in the air when the Spurs playmaker delivers from set-pieces. To be in a World Cup is the best thing for a football player.

Peru piled forward and Flores drew a fine, one-handed save from Schmeichel, before the winger was replaced by Peru's all-time leading goal-scorer Guerrero in the 62nd minute. The Danes will rely heavily on the creative genius of Christian Eriksen, who was the team's top scorer in qualifying as well as their chief chance-creator. Germany enters the tournament as the defending champion after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

He promptly showed his class by scoring twice on his return in a 3-0 friendly win against Saudi Arabia a fortnight ago. Both teams Peru and Denmark qualified for the World Cup via the play-off.

Instead, the situation has been largely diffused by a show of solidarity among players in and outside of Peru, including the captains of the other teams in Group C - France, Denmark and Australia.

"At halftime, we told him he had to keep playing strong and stay in the match", the Argentine Gareca said. The referee initially waved play on before going to the screen on the touchline. The stadium serves as the home ground for club side FC Mordovia Saransk.

- Denmark have reached the knockout stages in three of their four previous World Cup appearances but never progressed past the quarter-finals (1998).

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