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Guerrero decision is key for improving Peru

Paolo Guerrero scores for Peru in their opener against Haiti
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Manager Ricardo Gareca

In Peru they partied like it was 1982 after ending their long wait for a return to the World Cup and the one-time South American minnows confirmed their steady progress of recent years by earning their spot at football's top table.

Semi-finalists at the 2015 Copa America and quarter-finalists in the same tournament one year later, Peru, who comfortably overcome New Zealand in the playoffs, are up to the giddy heights of tenth in the Fifa rankings.

However, missing from that playoff success was their top goalscorer and best player, Paolo Guerrero, who failed a drugs test and was at Fifa's HQ earlier this week to plead his innocence.

Guerrero is hugely influential and would be a huge loss for the World Cup if he is suspended with Jefferson Farfan having to take over as the talisman.


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