June 16, 2018 / 5:06 PM / 10 months ago

Cueva misses penalty, Peru and Denmark scoreless at break

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Peru vs Denmark - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 16, 2018 Denmark's Christian Eriksen protests to referee Bakary Gassama as Peru's Andre Carrillo lies on the pitch REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

SARANSK, Russia (Reuters) - Christian Cueva ballooned a penalty over the bar just before halftime as Peru and Denmark remained scoreless following a pulsating, physical opening 45 minutes in their Group C World Cup clash.

The referee consulted with the VAR (video assistant referee) system before awarding the spot kick to Cueva after a foul by Yussuf Poulsen, but he spurned the chance to break the deadlock, firing the ball high over the bar.

Reporting by Philip O'Connor, additional reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; Editing by Ian Chadband

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