WORLD CUP: Peru returns to finals after 36-year absence

first_imgPeru will be relying on two players who rarely feature for their clubs: Central defender Alberto Rodriguez and left back Miguel Trauco.At age 34, Rodriguez returned to training at Colombia’s Junior Barranquilla only in the middle of April after an injury to his right leg. Trauco played only three matches this year for Flamengo in Brazil.MIDFIELDERSRenato Tapia of Feyenoord was integral during qualifying along with Yoshimar Yotun of Orlando City. Attacking midfielder Christian Cueva of Sao Paulo is known for his dribbling skills, precise passes and creativity.FORWARDSGuerrero scored twice in a 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia in a World Cup warmup Sunday. It marked his triumphant comeback three days after he was cleared to play in Russia. He tested positive for metabolites of cocaine at a World Cup qualifying game last October and might still have to complete a 14-month ban imposed by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport. But the court has said that the ban should not apply until Guerrero’s appeal is heard in full after the World Cup. His urgent request to the court was backed by Peru’s government and a wave of emotional support from home fans who believe that the 34-year-old is key to Peru’s success in the tournament.Lokomotiv’s Jefferson Farfan and Raul Ruidiaz, from Mexico’s Monarcas, are the other goalscorers.GROUP GAMESBased in Moscow, Peru opens on June 16 against Denmark, plays France on June 21, and Australia on June 26.FULL SQUAD Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 filer Peru team poses for a photo prior to a World Cup play-off qualifying match against New Zealand in Lima, Peru. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro, File)LIMA, Peru — The Peruvian players heading to Russia weren’t alive when the team last appeared at the World Cup.The 36-year wait is over.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca has restored the elegant ball possession and short passing style that carried Peru to the quarterfinals of the 1970 edition.While lacking stars, Peru will be hoping its ability to adapt to different conditions serves it well across Russia. The players have already shown through qualifying that they can handle everything from the altitude of the Andean mountains to the heat of the Amazon. They also got a major boost after top-scorer and team captain, Paolo Guerrero, was recently cleared to play in Russia when a Swiss court agreed to temporarily lift his doping suspension.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHere’s a closer look at the Peru team, which secured its place at the World Cup through the playoffs against New Zealand:COACH Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gareca was responsible for denying Peru a place at the 1986 World Cup, scoring the goal that ended its qualification hopes while playing for Argentina.He went on to gain two decades of coaching experience in the South American club game, including spells at Brazil’s Palmeiras, Argentina’s Velez Sarsfield, and Colombia’s America de Cali, and has led Peru since 2015.GOALKEEPERSPedro Gallese, of Mexico’s Veracruz, will wear Peru’s No. 1 jersey after recovering from a right knee injury he sustained in February.DEFENDERSADVERTISEMENT Asian Games tickets up for grabs starting end of June In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC)Defenders: Luis Advincula (Lobos), Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Alberto Rodriguez (Junior), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Nilson Loyola (Melgar FBC), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla)Midfielders: Edison Flores (Aalborg), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Pedro Aquino (Lobos), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz)Forwards: Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo), Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscu), Andy Polo (Portland)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img