Colombia tie Peru and advance to the 2018 World Cup

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Colombia tie Peru and advance to the 2018 World Cup

Peru equalised in the match through national hero Pablo Guerrero in the 76 minute, presenting both sides with a favourable tied scoreline.

Colombia held onto the fourth and the final automatic spot thanks to a nailbiting 1-1 draw in Peru. With Chile falling to Brazil 3-0, Peru chose to play safe, taking no chances and running out the clock in extra time.

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. "They knew what the situation was in the other games", Panamericana TV.

"So we managed the game as we needed to".

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He told Colombian outlet Win Sports: "I believe that Colombia today can play against anyone".

Former Newcastle midfielder Nolberto Solano, who is on Peru's coaching staff, supported Tapia's comment about the alleged pact.

In a game wrought with tension, the first half offered little in the way of action, with both teams aware that too much of a gung-ho approach could potentially cause them problems, should they be caught on the break. "What pact? That's speculation", he told RPP radio station.

"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".

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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.

It's unlikely that Federation Internationale de Football Association will look into the matter.

They will face New Zealand in a two-legged tie, the victor of which will earn a spot at the World Cup.

"We have to enjoy this because we knew how to handle every moment, defiant and patient when it was necessary, overcoming injuries or poor performance".

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