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


Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia shored up South America's final three tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ amid a hugely dramatic final day of qualifying in the CONMEBOL region.

The two nations played out a 1-1 draw in their final qualifier this week, which earned the Colombians their place at the Russian Federation showpiece while Peru are through to the playoffs, ahead of Chile on goal difference.

Peru equalised in the match through national hero Pablo Guerrero in the 76 minute, presenting both sides with a favourable tied scoreline.

Although Colombia started the game nervously, they demonstrated a clearer attacking intent, the only thing missing was the final ball to strikers Radamel Falcao and Duvan Zapata.

"We knew what was happening in the other matches, we were playing with (the knowledge of) the other results and in that moment (I tried) to transmit that (to Peru)", he said.

However, one viewer dismissed the speculation as ridiculous, saying: "Both teams were fighting to win it until injury time and Brazil went 3-0 up in the other match".

"We were focussed on the game and then in the final five minutes the Colombians approached us", he told Panamericana Television.

"Obviously in the end, we knew what the other results were and you tell yourself, 'calm down a bit, we mustn't take any risks".

"So we managed the game as we needed to".

One of Peru's coaching staff, Nolberto Solano, the former Newcastle United winger, dismissed any notion of a pact between the teams.

They will face New Zealand in a two-legged tie, the victor of which will earn a spot at the World Cup.