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

12 October 2017

Given results in other fixtures in their qualifying group for Russian Federation 2018, a draw would prove to be enough to see Colombia qualify directly for next summer's competition and for Peru to secure a play-off spot against New Zealand to qualify for the World Cup at the expense of Chile.

No further goals came, and that scenario played out with Peru now going on to play New Zealand over two games for a place in the finals.

Colombia and Peru's alleged pact must have infuriated Chile, who were heading for Russian Federation until Peru's 76th minute equaliser.

Colombia qualified after holding Peru to a draw, while Chile crashed out, but Sanchez says he is not getting carried away.

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".

Federation Internationale de Football Association are yet to make any comment regarding the accusations of match-fixing.

Peru's Renato Tapia also said he discussed the group situation with Falcao but his side were playing to win, per Fox Sports Asia: "In the last five minutes, the Colombians approached us. With Duvan in his first game, we need him with his power", Pekerman said post-match.

"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".

Former Newcastle midfielder Nolberto Solano, who is on Peru's coaching staff, supported Tapia's comment about the alleged pact.

The British will go to Russian Federation and Peru will play the dam intercontinental against New Zealand.

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