Columbia's Radamel Falcao admits discussing draw with Peru's Renato Tapia


The two played out a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night that ensure they both progressed (to at least the playoff stage) on one of the most frantic nights in World Cup qualification history.

With a positive result in this match, Peru have a chance at reaching Russian Federation. because of the slim margins between teams in the table, even a draw could see Peru qualify for a play-in spot.

"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 Telegraph quotes him as saying. In the 76th minute the 33-year-old ripped a free-kick from 23 yards out and the Estadio Nacional de Lima let out a cry heard across South America.

As a result, Peru secured a play-off spot and Chile were left to say goodbye to their World Cup dreams.

"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".

"It is best to travel as fast as possible, but we also have to see how we will handle the issue of players [who play] overseas", Gareca said.

Peru had been occupying the play-off position going into Wednesday's match in Lima but fell out of the CONMEBOL top five when Colombia took the lead.

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

The Chilean FA's vice-president has confirmed that the body will not report Peru and Colombia to Federation Internationale de Football Association over an alleged pact struck to send both teams through World Cup qualifying at the Roja's expense. "They knew what the situation was in the other games", Tapia confirmed to Panamericana TV. The game was managed as it had to be managed. "I spoke with Radamel, who told me we were both qualified, but it's football and we play to win".

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