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Soccer fever grips Peru for World Cup sendoff against Scotland

Soccer is Peru’s most popular sport yet the national team has failed to qualify in nearly four decades against regional heavyweights such as Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.

Their preparations for the FIFA tournament so far have been plagued by drama with their captain Paolo Guerrero to be barred from the competition after testing positive for cocaine contained in a tea.

But the controversy has not dampened spirits in Lima.

The Scotland friendly in Lima is their last match in the country before heading to Europe, where they will take on Saudi Arabia and Sweden in preparation.

The matches will give coach Ricardo Gareca the chance to whittle down the 25-man preliminary team to 23 players.

In Peru’s group stage of the World Cup they will face Denmark, France and Australia.

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