Guerrero scores twice on Peru return after doping ban drama

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Freed from his doping ban, Peru's captain and main goalscorer Paolo Guerrero was on Monday included in the country's pared-down World Cup squad at the expense of midfielder Sergio Pena.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero said he is grateful to his team-mates after scoring twice in his long-awaited return ahead of the World Cup.

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Following Andre Carrillo's 20th-minute opener, Guerrero netted Peru's second goal after Abdullah al Maiouf parried the ball straight to the feet of the Peruvian star. As fans, we like to watch the great players and Paolo is on that list.

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

Guerrero looked every bit the inspirational leader Peru campaigned to clear for action at its first World Cup appearance in 36 years.

A Swiss tribunal agreed on Thursday to lift a 14-month suspension, imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas), while it considered the 34-year-old Flamengo striker's appeal.

It also recognised that Guerrero, who tested positive for a cocaine byproduct - contained in a tea he drank - in October, "did not act intentionally or with significant negligence".

Guerrero was initially banned for 12 months by Federation Internationale de Football Association, reduced to six on appeal.

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