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No Colombia pact, insists Peru's Tapia

12 October 2017

Colombia striker Radamel Falcao has come under scrutiny for appearing to tell opposition players to calm down and play for a draw during the final round of World Cup 2018 qualifying.

Falcao, who plays his club football for French Ligue 1 side Monaco, was seen in discussion with Peruvian players with his hand covering his mouth towards the end of the 1-1 draw in Lima.

There was an absolutely weird ending to the World Cup qualifying clash between Colombia and Peru last night.

The match stood at 1-1 at the time, meaning Colombia had qualified automatically for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation while Peru would secure a place in the play offs, where they would meet New Zealand for a spot.

Several South American media have published photos of the moment and dubbed it the "Lima Pact".

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"We again began to see Colombia in many aspects that we want to see, very solid in each line".

Peru ended up with a goal difference of +1 and Chile -1 as Ricardo Gareca's team march on. "They knew what the situation was in the other games", Tapia told Panamericana TV station in an interview aired on Wednesday.

Former Newcastle winger Nolberto Solano said: "We needed to win, them too".

"I spoke with Falcao and he said to me that we were both in, so there was happiness about that".

Peru's hopes of ending their 36-year absence from the World Cup remain alive after they edged into fifth to earn a winner-takes-all two-legged intercontinental play-off against New Zealand. "What pact? That's speculation", he told RPP radio station.

No Colombia pact, insists Peru's Tapia