Guerrero, cleared for World Cup, scores twice in return for Peru

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After what will undoubtedly go down as the worst six-month period of his professional career, Paolo Guerrero has had a pretty swell last three days.

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Having been told late last year that he was banned from taking his first and final chance to play for Peru at a World Cup — his country’s first appearance since 1982 — Guerrero was devastated.

On Thursday, the 34-year-old was cleared to play at the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a Swiss supreme court ruling put his controversial doping ban on hold.

On Sunday, Guerrero made his return to the field, dawning the red and white of Peru, and scored twice in a 3-0 victory over Saudi Arabia, taking the tally for his legendary international career to 35 goals.

Guererro could still be forced to complete what was originally a 14-month ban, but a Switzerland Federal Tribunal judge said Thursday the ban should not apply until Guerrero’s appeal is heard in full after the World Cup.

(Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)