Opponent Watch: Denmark cruise, Peru stalemate in overnight friendlies

The Caltex Socceroos' Group C opponents Denmark and Peru will now turn their attention to Russia after the pair completed their final pre-tournament friendly matches overnight.

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Denmark tied up their preparations neatly thanks to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Mexico at the Brøndby Stadium in Brøndbyvester, Denmark.

Having previously fired blanks in their last two friendlies against Chile and Sweden, it was a much more promising attacking performance from Age Hareide’s men, who struck two quickfire second half efforts through Yussuf Poulsen and Christian Eriksen.


Eriksen missed Denmark's 0-0 draw with Sweden on June 2 after becoming a father, but his return saw Hareide switch from a one-off 4-2-3-1 to the side's accustomed 4-3-3.

With the Tottenham Hotspur dynamo restored as the team's chief orchestrator, Denmark offered a their best attacking display in some time against an experienced Mexico side.

RB Leipzig man Poulsen may emerge as the biggest victor from the evening. Alongside Celta Vigo flyer Pione Sisto, Poulsen accompanied centre-forward Nicolai Jorgensen from the right hand side and looked to cement that position after firing in an excellent goal cutting back inside from the right channel.


Meanwhile, the Caltex Socceroos' other Group C opponents Peru ensured they will enter the FIFA World Cup™ with their long unbeaten record intact after battling out a 0-0 draw with Sweden in Gothenburg.

Ricardo Gareca's outfit have not lost since November 2016 and have now maintained four clean sheets from five matches in 2018.

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The South Americans enjoyed the better of the opportunities in the opening half and were happy to sit back and frustrate Sweden in the second, looking to expose the Group F contenders on the transition.

Peru and Denmark commence their FIFA World Cup™ at the Mordovia Arena on Sunday 17 June 2.00AM AEST.

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