Peru hopeful of ending 36-year football World Cup drought

Pauline Gross
October 13, 2017

Video footage has emerged of Peru and Colombia players apparently conspiring to fix their Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup Russia qualifier to end in a draw - a result which benefitted both sides.

Falcao and the national side came up against South American neighbours Peru on Tuesday evening, in a match which ultimately saw the Colombians seal their spot in the tournament next summer.

"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)", he said. Commentators have since referred to the incident as the "Pact of Lima".

With results elsewhere going in their favour, Colombia knew a draw would see them finish in fourth place and qualify automatically, while Peru would advance to a play-off against New Zealand after finishing fifth.

Having looked destined to miss the World Cup after a 2-1 loss to Chile in Santiago a year ago, Peru are now one of the region's most in-form sides and are unbeaten in their past six matches.

"I believe in this team - they're together, believe, working well and we're now reaching that final point, the best squad we've ever had". The match was very tight.

Air Quality a Concern as Smoke Drifts from Nearby Wildfires
Continuing wind and wildfires today may cause residents to experience trouble breathing, coughing, headaches and chest pain. Anyone being exposed to poor air quality or wildfire smoke should move inside to an air-conditioned environment.

Industrial growth at 9-mth high;inflation stays flat at 3.28pc
Food and beverages during the month under consideration recorded a rise of 1.76 per cent over the same month previous year . In terms of industries, 10 out of 23 industry groups in the manufacturing sector showed positive growth during August 2017.

Gunfight in Hajin, two militants, two soldiers killed
According to reports, mobile internet service was suspended to maintain law and order situation following the encounter. Recently Khalid carried out attack on the special police officer and his seven-year-old son who was killed at Handwara.

"He did a great job and helped us a lot in completing the idea with Cuadrado, James and Falcao in attack".

"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.

Peru coach and former Newcastle midfielder Nolberto Solano dismissed the controversy as "speculation".

As most of us who were staying up to watch these fixtures would have been paying closest attention to Messi's performance in Ecuador, it subsequently became clear that one man paying close heed to the permutations and how they suited his country was Radamel Falcao.

"It is a baseless rumour, no measure will be taken against Peru and Colombia", the official told Blu Radio.

Other reports by GizPress

Discuss This Article