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Falcao denies on-field pact played a part in Lima draw

13 October 2017, 12:47 | Terri Saunders

REUTERS Lionel Messi and Argentina have it all to do in South America World cup qualifying

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With a positive result in this match, Peru have a chance at reaching Russian Federation. because of the slim margins between teams in the table, even a draw could see Peru qualify for a play-in spot.

The point, after all, was enough to clinch Colombia automatic qualification in fourth place with Peru guaranteed a play-off spot just a point behind.

Peru's president is bullish about his country's chances of beating New Zealand in November's intercontinental Fifa World Cup playoff.

Falcao said: "We knew what was happening in the other matches, we were playing with [knowledge of] other results and in that moment [I tried] to transmit that".

It has been dubbed the "Lima Pact" but Radamel Falcao has insisted that his Colombia team and opponents Peru fought to the bitter end of Tuesday's 1-1 draw that suited both sides' World Cup qualification hopes.

With only minutes left, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao was spotted talking to the Peru players, and many have speculated online that he might have been explaining the outcome of the current standings. In particular, Colombia's World Cup qualifier against Peru has sparked plenty of controversy.

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"It seems to me, although it is the responsibility and decision of the directors, we must speak and evaluate what they want for the team, try to choose the best option", Pizzi said. "They knew what the situation was in the other games", Tapia told local TV via Fox Sports Asia.

He told Colombian outlet Win Sports: "I believe that Colombia today can play against anyone".

The result? Bolivia had to forfeit this game as well and Peru were handed a 3-0 win.

Instead, both teams finished on 26 points and Peru finished higher thanks to their superior Goal Difference! "We'll get to Russian Federation in 2018", said one fan.

Despite Hudson's fighting words, the Ricardo Gareca-coached Peru are 12th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, while New Zealand are ranked 113th.



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