Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Peru's Guerrero scores twice in 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia

Nicklas Bendtner Bendtner did not feature in Denmark's goalless draw with Sweden on Saturday
Kristopher Love | 16 June, 2018, 18:56

And Peru's all-time leading scorer made an immediate impact in his comeback on Sunday after his brace inspired a 3-0 win over fellow World Cup participants Saudi Arabia.

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia will be opening the World Cup against Russian Federation after being drawn in group A alongside the hosts, Uruguay, and Egypt.

In its last World Cup appearance in 1982 in Spain, Peru finished last in its group and failed to make it out of the first round. "We played a very good game today and we have to keep this unity".

But it was André Carrillo who opened the scoreline for Peru after 20 minutes, with a left footed shot from outside the box.

However, less than two weeks after the six-month ban ended in May, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), sport's highest tribunal, increased the ban to 14 months, again ruling him out of the finals.

They face France, Australia and Denmark in Group C at the finals which start on June 14.

However, a Swiss tribunal agreed to suspend the punishment temporarily while it considers an appeal from the striker, leaving him clear to play at the finals in Russian Federation.

The 34-year-old striker won a last-ditch legal appeal on Thursday (May 31) to appear at the tournament in Russian Federation despite being banned after testing positive for traces of cocaine following a World Cup qualifier against Argentina last October.

The Flamengo forward, whose suspension was halved by Federation Internationale de Football Association following an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) extended it to 14 months after a request by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) amid FIFPro's calls to reduce the ban, doubled Peru's lead approaching half-time.