Radamel Falcao Responds To Accusations That He Negotiated Colombia Vs Peru Draw

Posted October 13, 2017

He came under criticism for the fact many pundits thought he was discussing other results from South American qualifying and what would be the best scoreline for each of them.

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

Twitter and a few journalists suggested that Falcao told the Peru's player to keep the match result the way it is so they can both qualify.

Tapia confirmed this to Panamericana TV: "In the last five minutes, the Colombians approached us". This, however, never materialized, and both teams were happy to take it easy in the closing stages of the 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".

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

Although a win for Peru would have given them automatic qualification, had they conceded one more goal they would have been out altogether.

But below them are a quintet of countries separated by only two points, from Chile in third place (26) to Colombia (26), Peru (25), Argentina (25) and Paraguay (24) in seventh.

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

"This is something that we knew was out of our control.

But I think that out of all the teams we were looking at, certainly from my point of view, Peru was the team I would've liked to have played", Hudson said.

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.