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Colombia's Radamel Falcao admits on-pitch Peru result discussion in qualifier

Colombia's Radamel Falcao admits on-pitch Peru result discussion in qualifier
From ESPN - October 12, 2017

Colombia captain Radamel Falcao has said he spoke to Peru players as the two sides played out a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw that sent his country to Russia and ensured a playoff place for their opponents.

Falcao was criticised by South American media for approaching three Peru players during the match in Lima with the score at 1-1 and five minutes remaining.

Video footage showed him exchanging words with midfielder Renato Tapia before talking to centre-back Christian Ramos and defender Miguel Araujo.

It has been alleged that Peru did not push for a winning goal after his intervention, because even though a win would have given them direct qualification a loss would have seen them miss the playoffs.

Peru, looking to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1982, now face a two-legged tie against New Zealand.

Asked about his actions, Falcao told reporters: "Obviously we were aware of what was going on in the other games, we were playing with knowledge of the other results and, in that moment, [we wanted] to make that known."

Tapia said he had discussed the situation but denied any pact about the scoreline had been reached.

"In the last five minutes, the Colombians approached us," he told Panamerica Television. "They knew what the situation was in the other games.

"So we managed the game as we had to... I spoke with Radamel, who told me we were both in, but it's football and we play to win."

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