Football: Guerrero scores twice on Peru return after doping ban drama

Peru's forward Paolo Guerrero (2nd from left) celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during an international friendly football match between Saudi Arabia and Peru at Kybunpark stadium in St. Gallen, on June 3, 2018.
Peru's forward Paolo Guerrero (2nd from left) celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during an international friendly football match between Saudi Arabia and Peru at Kybunpark stadium in St. Gallen, on June 3, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

ST GALLEN, SWITZERLAND (AFP) - 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 (May 31) 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 to 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.