Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Radamel Falcao Denies Colombia 'Pact' with Peru in World Cup Qualifier

Radamel Falcao Denies Colombia 'Pact' with Peru in World Cup Qualifier

However, Peru midfielder Renato Tapia has revealed Falcao urged them to take their foot off the gas in the final few minutes of the encounter after informing the players that the 1-1 result would suit both team's World Cup aspirations.

The Monaco striker denied accusations he tried to strike a deal with Peru players to see out a draw and both sides fought to the bitter end.

"In the last few minutes, we were tougher for the experience against Paraguay and when the goal came it was not easy", he said.

Per Ziegler, various media outlets dubbed the incident the "Lima Pact".

Facing direct competition for the final South American qualifying spots, Colombia took the lead in Lima through James Rodriguez, before Paulo Guerrero's free-kick clinched a play-off berth for Peru.

Chile's 3-0 loss in Brazil meant the South American champions miss out on Russian Federation due to goal difference. "They knew what the situation was in the other games", Panamericana TV. "With Duvan in his first game, we need him with his power", Pekerman said post-match.

The former Manchester United and Chelsea man was seen covering his mouth and speaking animatedly to some of the Peru players, while appearing to gently push one player over to his nearby team-mates to pass on a message.

But now they face New Zealand in a tricky two-legged intercontinental play-off in a bid to make it to Russian Federation.

They needed to beat Brazil in their final group clash to ensure passage to the World Cup, but they ended up losing 3-0 in Sao Paulo, the third defeat they suffered in their final four qualifiers.

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