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Eriksen-inspired Denmark out to spoil Peru's World Cup return

AFP  |  Saransk 

will look to prove his drug-ban controversy is behind him tomorrow when face and their in both teams' opener.

The presence of Flamengo forward Guerrero is a huge relief to boss after his 14-month ban for taking cocaine was overturned just weeks before kicked-off.

However, have their own goal-machine in Tottenham Hotspur Eriksen, who netted 11 goals in his team's qualifiers, a record bettered only by and on the road to

The 26-year-old struck a stunning hat-trick in the 5-1 demolition away to last November to secure Denmark's play-off victory, then scored and created another in a 2-0 friendly win over in a pre-warm-up.

With installed as Group C favourites, neither team will want to drop points at the first hurdle.

The spotlight in Saransk will be Guerrero, 34, who is set to lead Peru's ageing strike force alongside Jefferson Farfan, 33, whose goals against and New Zealand, in a play-off victory, carried them to their first World Cup finals for 36 years.

Having been banned for testing positive after a against last October, Guerrero won a last-ditch legal appeal to appear at the finals.

He promptly showed his class by scoring twice on his return in a 3-0 friendly win against a fortnight ago.

However, competition is fierce within the team to win places to face the Danes.

"We put are creating good pressure in the team to give the a problem, it won't be easy for him to choose the players," said defender

Peru Edison Flores, scorer of five goals in qualifying, who plies his trade for Aalborg in the Danish league, is confident.

"I am a but with a lot of mental strength. To be in a World Cup is the best thing for a player. Our believes in us and we in him," said the 24-year-old who stands at 1.67 metres (5ft 5ins).

The match pits the tallest team at the World Cup, Denmark, who average 1.85m, against the smallest in Peru, who average 1.78m.

The Danes' burly centre-back pairing of and will be tasked with containing Guerrero and Farfan.

have avoided defeat in their last 14 matches, dating back to 2016, and Age Hareide has talent up front to choose from with Ajax starlet Kasper Dolberg, 20, and Feyenoord's Nicolai Jorgensen vying to start as striker.

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First Published: Fri, June 15 2018. 09:35 IST