A 1-1 draw meant Colombia sealed their spot in next year's tournament, while Peru secured a playoff tie against New Zealand at the expense of Chile, who failed to qualify.
Radamel Falcao has denied accusations he brokered a pact between his Colombia side and Peru in Tuesday's final CONMEBOL qualifier for the 2018 FIFA World Cup that saw the match end in a 1-1 draw that benefited both sides.
Tapia also said the result had been discussed on the field but also said his team would always play to win. "With Duvan in his first game, we need him with his power", Pekerman said post-match.
There was an absolutely freakish ending to the World Cup qualifying clash between Colombia and Peru last night.
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Colombia and Peru's alleged pact must have infuriated Chile, who were heading for Russian Federation until Peru's 76th minute equaliser. "They knew what the situation was in the other games", Tapia told Panamericana TV station in an interview aired on Wednesday.
The former Manchester United and Chelsea man was seen covering his mouth and speaking animatedly to some of the Peru players, while appearing to gently push one player over to his nearby team-mates to pass on a message. "What pact? That's speculation", he told RPP radio station.
It's unlikely that Federation Internationale de Football Association will look into the matter.
What happened next only adds fuel to the aforementioned allegations as the Peru defence proceeded to play the ball around their back line for the entire final minute of the match unchallenged by any Columbian attacker. Let us know in the comments section below!