Yussuf Yurary Poulsen (4th L) of Denmark celebrates their victory after a group C match between Peru and Denmark at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Saransk, Russia, June 16, 2018. Denmark won 1-0. ⸺ Photo Xinhua
Viet Nam News
SARANSK, Russia — Yussuf Poulsen was relieved to go from "bad guy" to Denmark’s hero on Saturday by ruining Peru’s first appearance at a World Cup finals for 36 years with the winning goal to seal a 1-0 victory in Saransk.
Poulsen made amends after conceding a first-half penalty that was awarded after the referee consulted the VAR system, but which Peru midfielder Christian Cueva blasted over the crossbar.
"It was an emotional game, especially for me after giving away the penalty," admitted the 24-year-old man-of-the-match.
"I thought I was the bad guy, but then I was the good guy after scoring – that’s the way football is.
"I’m grateful, we fought very well and gave it everything we had."
Poulsen showed great finishing to hit the winner on 59 minutes to the dismay of the overwhelmingly Peruvian crowd in the 40,502-capacity stadium.
The win extends Denmark’s unbeaten run to 16 games without defeat and end sPeru’s 15-match unbeaten streak. — AFP