Peru player ratings as Andre Carrillo grabs limelight, but penalty howler taints Christian Cueva

Matt Jones 16/06/2018
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Andre Carillo was a constant threat for Peru.

Denmark edged home 1-0 in their World Cup opener against Peru, but it was far from an explosive performance from Danish Dynamite – with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel their hero.

Yussef Poulsen proved their matchwinner when he put away Christian Eriksen‘s pass in their one true moment of quality. But Peru will look back at a missed penalty in the first half, with Christian Cueva blazing high over the bar when he could have put the South Americans ahead.

Here we analyse the performance of the Peru players.

PERU (4-2-3-1)

Pedro Gallese – 7:

A solid show from the South American stopper, stood up superbly to thwart Christian Eriksen’s late effort.

Luis Advincula – 8:

A rock defensively, his sublime block of Nicolai Jorgensen’s late effort was superhuman. He was always in the thick of the action and never looked like tiring.

Christian Ramos – 7:

Dealt well with the threat of Denmark’s big man, Jorgensen. Solid and sound throughout.

Alberto Rodriguez – 8:

A hulking presence at the back and was also a menace in the opposition box at every set-piece.

Miguel Trauco – 6:

Was able to pour forward in attack, while keeping track of Eriksen as the Tottenham man was largely kept quiet.

Renato Tapia – 6:

The 22-year-old didn’t look overawed on the big stage and bustled around the park with intent.

Yoshimar Yotun – 6:

One of the most experienced players in this Peru side and remained steadfast and gave Tapia room to push on.

Andre Carrillo – 8:

A livewire performance, never giving the Danish defence a moment’s peace. Stung Schmeichel’s hand early on, but won’t want to see his clumsy miss when teed up by Cueva.

Christian Cueva – 7:

The Sao Paulo schemer had a fearsome reputation coming in and solidified that, including four key passes, although tainted by woeful penalty.

Edison Flores – 5:

Buzzed about up front but lacked the killer touch, replaced by talisman Guerrero minutes after wasting a glorious chance created by Cueva.

Jefferson Farfan – 7:

This was a performance full of ferocity and energy that Al Jazira fans won’t recall seeing from him.

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Paolo Guerrero – 7:

Instantly livened up Peru’s forays forward when he came on.

Raul Ruidiaz – N/A:

Gave Farfan a breather, no time to contribute.

Pedro Aquino – N/A:

Came on at the death as Peru tried in vain to equalize.

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Denmark edged home 1-0 in their World Cup opener against Peru, but it was far from an explosive performance from Danish Dynamite – with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel their hero.

Yussef Poulsen proved their matchwinner when he put away Christian Eriksen‘s pass in their one true moment of quality.

Here we analyse the performance of the Danish players.

DENMARK (4-2-3-1)

Kasper Schmeichel – 9:

A performance dad Peter would have been proud of. Clawed Carillo’s goalbound effort away from the bottom corner and denied Farfan late on. Faultless.

Henrik Dalsgaard – 6:

Peru probed constantly and the Brentford man formed a key part of a diligent Danish defensive effort.

Simon Kjaer – 7:

Did brilliantly to block Farfan’s fierce strike that was surely heading in and generally marshalled the backline brilliantly.

Andreas Christensen – 7:

Kept the lively Jefferson Farfan in check, continuing on from an impressive debut season at club level.

Jens Larsen – 6:

Was taunted and tested throughout by the tireless Andre Carillo, but never shirked his responsibilities.

William Kvist – 5:

Worryingly collided with Farfan and was stretchered off midway through the first half. Appeared to catch a knee in the ribs.

Thomas Delaney – 6:

Prowled the centre of the field to allow his flair players ahead of him to try and work their magic.

Yussuf Poulsen – 8:

Composed finish from the RB Leipzig striker, who sent Denmark flying to this victory. A crucial defensive header kept lead intact.

Christian Eriksen – 7:

Though he struggled to assert his dominance initially, his key pass put Poulsen in to put the Danes ahead.

Pione Sisto – 6:

The best part of the opening goal was the Uganda-born flyer’s sumptuous outside of the right boot pass to send Eriksen into space.

Nicolai Jorgensen – 5:

The focal point for his side, but was often isolated and didn’t do enough to keep the ball when he did see it.

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Lasse Schone – 6:

Replaced the injured Kvist and offered strength and solidity to his side.

Martin Braithwaite – 6:

Came on and played his part in breaking up attacks and contributing going forward.

Mathias Jorgensen N/A:

A late replacement for Christensen, little time to make an impact.

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World Cup 2018: Brazil team is good but has plenty to prove, says former Arsenal star Gilberto Silva

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Gilberto Silva knows exactly what it takes to win football’s most coveted prize.

The former midfielder lifted the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and is backing the current crop to emulate that star-studded team.

Gilberto believes Brazil have plenty of ability at their disposal but has warned the relatively young squad that they still have much to prove.

“They’re good. I don’t like to compare because from 2002 we won and it’s very hard when you put a champion team alongside another team that still has something to prove,” the former Arsenal star told Sport360.

“What I can say is that they’re a very good team. They play very nice football, they look strong and sharp and I hope they do well in Russia.

“Maybe they’re lucky and win it. That’s my expectation. I’ll be there cheering them and I hope everything goes well but it’s not going to be easy.”

During that triumph in 2002, Gilberto operated as part of a double pivot alongside Kleberson. The pair played in behind a fierce attacking triumvirate of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo, compensating for their uninhibited attacking play by bringing stability to the side.

The 41-year-old stresses the importance of striking the right balance for the current Brazil side as well.

“They’re strong up front and that’s very good. Not only the first XI but they’ve got very good replacements on the bench. The guys up front are important when you have good balance.

“You see the guys in the middle such as Casemiro, in partnership with Paulinho, Renato Augusto – last month Fred played as well. And at the back Miranda, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva; whoever plays at the back and Marcelo.

“You must have a good balance. From what I see now, they got a good balance, from the goalkeeper to the men up front. I hope everything works well because the pressure is massive.”

Gilberto Silva (r) won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002.

Gilberto Silva (r) won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002.

Tite took over as head coach in the summer of 2016 following the team’s disappointing performance at the Copa America under Dunga.

Gilberto has since been impressed by the impact the 56-year-old has had on the team, particularly crediting him for bringing back the attacking brand of football that Brazil have traditionally been associated with and pride themselves on.

“His influence on the team has been massive. The way he works with the players, the way he’s set up the style and system of playing. It’s good because he brought back our style,” he added.

“Everyone wants to see Brazil playing nice football – dribbling, scoring goals and getting the results. I hope they do the same in the competition. The impact of him is very good, very important because he knows how to manage the people around him and the players to get the best out of them.”

And when Brazil do get into their stride and play with the kind of swagger befitting of genuine World Cup contenders, it’s often their talisman Neymar who is central to it all.

The nationwide concern for the superstar during his spell on the sidelines was then digestible given his importance to their success. Neymar has however returned to action in some style, producing excellent performances in Brazil’s warm-up games.

Concerns that the Paris Saint-Germain forward lacking in sharpness in Russia were quickly dispelled.

It’s not only his ability on the ball that Gilberto hopes will come to the fore for Brazil in its fullest effect at the tournament but also the part he plays as a leader.

Neymar has been out since February.

Neymar spent three months out injured.

“I hope everything goes right for him and also for Brazil because we need him to help and lead the team,” Gilberto said.

He is also hoping to see Brazil and Germany meet in the final of this summer’s competition which would be a repeat of the showpiece event back in 2002.

However, he doesn’t rule out the possibility of a wildcard going far in the tournament and while he refrained from picking out any dark horses, a youthful looking Belgium side has certainly caught his eye.

“You never know. Football is unpredictable. Many people talk about Brazil, Spain, France, Germany and maybe Portugal (as favourites).

“It will be nice to have a surprise but let’s see, only time will tell. We have a very young generation from Belgium and there is a lot of expectation from them as well.”

Gilberto was speaking at the Russian festival Matryoshka in Dubai last month.

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