Falcao denies on-field pact played a part in Lima draw

Falcao denies on-field pact played a part in Lima draw

Falcao denies on-field pact played a part in Lima draw

After seeing the result of the Chile and Brazil match-which confirmed that Peru just needed a draw to advance-he informed one of his opponents, Renato Tapia, that a draw would be enough to let both teams advance.

Peru secured fifth spot in the 10-team South American zone's final standings with a 1-1 home draw against Colombia on Tuesday, guaranteeing an intercontinental playoff against New Zealand, reports Xinhua news agency.

The match ended in a draw, meaning Colombia qualified automatically for next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, while Peru secured a place in the play-off.

Yet had Peru lost, that would have seen Chile sneak into the play-off - with the final result incredibly close. "For now, I am optimistic, we will go to the World Cup", he told the post-match media conference. The match was very tight.

Tapia also admitted in an interview on Wednesday that he had discussed the result of the game with Falcao but denied that any deal had been brokered on the pitch.

"The last game against Japan was better than the previous games (at the Confederations Cup) - we get our belief from that, knowing we can compete and bearing in mind all of those have been away", Hudson said.

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In a highly-contested match against Peru, a goal by striker James Rodríguez in minute-55 reversed La Selección's bitter defeat last week in Barranquilla's Metropolitano stadium against Paraguay.

"They knew the situations from the other grounds".

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.

"Obviously, at the end, we knew what the other results were and you tell yourself, 'Calm it down a bit, we mustn't take any risks'".

"I spoke with Falcao and he said to me that we were both in, so there was happiness about that".

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