Paolo Guerrero scores twice in comeback as Peru beat Saudi Arabia 3-0
Peru captain Paolo Guerrero scored twice in a 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia in a World Cup warmup Sunday on his comeback, three days after a Swiss supreme court ruling put his doping ban on hold.
Guerrero looked every bit the inspirational leader Peru campaigned to clear for action at its first World Cup appearance in 36 years.
Peru already led 1-0 when Guerrero followed up to score from close range in the 41st minute after an initial shot was saved.
Guerrero’s header from Andre Carrillo’s cross in the 64th brought more adulation from a partisan Peruvian crowd in neutral St. Gallen, Switzerland, near both teams’ training camps.
Carrillo opened the scoring with a stunning left-foot volley in the 20th.
Guerrero could yet have to complete a 14-month ban imposed by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport for his positive test for metabolites of cocaine at a World Cup qualifying game last October.
Still, a Switzerland Federal Tribunal judge said Thursday the ban should not apply until Guerrero’s appeal is heard in full after the World Cup.
Peru is in Group C with France, Denmark and Australia. It plays its first game against Denmark on June 16.
The 67th-ranked Saudis are the lowest-rated team at the World Cup, and play Russia in the opening game on June 14 in Group A.