World Cup News 4.6.2018 10:47 am

Guerrero scores twice on Peru return after doping ban drama

Peru's forward Paolo Guerrero celebrates after scoring a goal during an international friendly football match between Saudi Arabia and Peru at Kybunpark stadium in St. Gallen on June 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI

Peru's forward Paolo Guerrero celebrates after scoring a goal during an international friendly football match between Saudi Arabia and Peru at Kybunpark stadium in St. Gallen on June 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI

Paolo Guerrero scored twice in a 3-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia to cap an emotional week for the Peru captain who was cleared to play at the World Cup after his long legal battle against a 14-month drugs suspension.

The 34-year-old striker won a last-ditch legal appeal on Thursday to appear at the tournament in Russia despite being banned after testing positive for traces of cocaine following a World Cup qualifier against Argentina last October.

The Swiss federal tribunal, Guerrero’s last legal recourse, overturned a ruling by the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that saw him suspended for 14 months.

As well as allowing Guerrero to participate in the June 14-July 15 showpiece, it has also given the player hope of seeing his ban reduced or annulled as it ruled the CAS decision “unjustified”.

Guerrero has played just a handful of matches for his Brazilian club Flamengo since he was initially banned on November 3, a ruling that forced him out of Peru’s two-legged World Cup play-off with New Zealand.

But the former Bayern Munich star displayed no obvious signs of rust against Saudi Arabia in St Gallen, Switzerland, as his two goals sealed a convincing win after Andre Carrillo had fired the South Americans ahead on 21 minutes.

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