Fans give Peru warm World Cup welcome

Peru's national soccer team have landed in Russia en route from Sweden to compete at the World Cup for the first time since 1982 in Spain.

The Blanquirroja landed in Moscow on Sunday, where the players and staff were welcomed by a large crowd despite the fact that local summer temperatures were unseasonably low.

In a sign of the emotion of the moment, the team posed on the tarmac with the crew of the jet.

The team was then whisked to their hotel near Sheremetievo Airport on the outskirts of the sprawling Russian capital.

The Peruvians' first training session, which will be open to both the press and fans, will take place on Monday morning at Khimki Stadium.

On this year's World Cup roster for Peru are Lokomotiv Moscow star Jefferson Farfan, who this season helped the Russian team take the country's soccer championship for the first time in 12 years.

Also due to get playing time in Russia is captain Paolo Guerrero, who will be able to participate after a Swiss court temporarily lifted the World Anti-Doping Agency ban imposed on him.

Peru's first World Cup match in 36 years will be on June 16 against Denmark, after which they will go up against France - the Group C favourites in Group C - and Australia.

The Peruvians are riding a 15-game unbeaten streak but the Danes have a 13-game run of their own to defend.