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.

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"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.

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