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

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

At the end of a thrilling, unpredictable South American qualifying campaign, Colombia are in the World Cup and Peru are two games away from joining them.

Colombia were one of the surprises of the 2014 World Cup, where they reached the quarter-finals before being beaten by hosts Brazil.

Fired up from their late goal, Peru players continued an energetic final flourish to the game, only for Falcao to engage in a unusual brief exchange with several members of his opposition. Peru was able to respond, however, with a goal on a free kick by Paolo Guerrero in the 75 minute.

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

Peru coach Argentine Ricardo Gareca admitted in a press conference following the match that the national team found themselves in this position due to mistakes early in the qualifying stages. We always trust in ourselves, the goal that was Russian Federation.

Argentina jumped into third with a 3-1 victory in Ecuador, though it took all of Lionel Messi's remarkable powers to help the two-time world champions get over the line.

Peru ended up with a goal difference of +1 and Chile -1 as Ricardo Gareca's team march on. Uruguay secured their second place spot after beating Bolivia 4-2, whilst Paraguay were defeated at home by already-eliminated Venezuela, 1-0.

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.

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