Sunday, 22 October, 2017

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

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Howard Terry | 13 October, 2017, 00:43

Fully aware that a draw would suit both countries, Colombia's Radamel Falcao told Peru's players of the situation; with Chile trailing Brazil 3-0 and Colombia and Peru tied at 1-1, both teams were heading for their desired outcomes.

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

With the scores level towards the end of the match in Lima on Tuesday night, Falcao could be seen animatedly speaking to several Peru players with his hand covering his mouth. Commentators have since referred to the incident as the "Pact of Lima".

Peru now face New Zealand in a two-leg play-off, hoping to make the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.

"We have competed against top teams - U.S. away, Mexico away and now Japan away".

"We were focussed on the game and then in the final five minutes the Colombians approached us", he told Panamericana Television.

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

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

"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".

"We know that they are going to be two very hard matches", Guerrero, who plays his club football for Brazil's Flamengo, told reporters. So we managed the game as we needed to...

"I think we could do a bit more against Colombia, I would have liked to win and qualify directly for Russian Federation".

Although a win for Peru would have given them automatic qualification, had they conceded one more goal they would have been out altogether. "What pact? That's speculation", he told RPP radio station.

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