Columbia's Radamel Falcao admits discussing draw with Peru's Renato Tapia

Jerome Frank
October 13, 2017

Peru have streaked themselves into the World Cup picture, winning three of their last four qualifiers.

Whether or not Peru chose to play along with Falcao's plan is unknown, although both teams did play extremely conservatively to end the match; whether that was because of a supposed pact or just because it was smart to not open yourself up for an unnecessary counter will be argued for years to come.

Peru will be ready to overcome "whatever comes their way" in their two-legged World Cup qualifying playoff against New Zealand next month, according to veteran striker Paolo Guerrero.

"We were focused on the game and then in the final five minutes the Colombians approached us", he told Panamericana Television, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.

Falcao and Peru midfielder Renato Tapia admitted they had discussed the results of other games during play. They knew what the situation was in the other games. We need them to put pressure on the opposition and encourage us. "I spoke with Radamel, who told me we were both qualified (as things stood), but it's football and we play to win".

As a result, Peru secured a play-off spot and Chile were left to say goodbye to their World Cup dreams.

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In it, he congratulated the team, before going on to say this about their playoff opponents: "OK, it's a lovely country, but we're going to beat New Zealand".

"Now we are at home for the first game and, like I said, the players believe and I would love to get the message across to the fans that we have a good team we have a serious chance".

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.

"We have competed against top teams - United States of America away, Mexico away and now Japan away".

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