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Peru striker Paolo Guerrero celebrates his late equaliser on against Colombia

Peru striker Paolo Guerrero celebrates his late equaliser on against Colombia

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.

The two nations played out a 1-1 draw in their final qualifier this week, which earned the Colombians their place at the Russian Federation showpiece while Peru are through to the playoffs, ahead of Chile on goal difference.

Colombia striker Radamel Falcao has confessed that he discussed with opposition players the prospect of playing out a draw during his side's meeting against Peru. South American media published photos of the moment and dubbed it the "Lima Pact".

New Zealand's men's soccer team boss Anthony Hudson has pulled no punches on his side's intercontinental World Cup play-off opponent, saying Peru were his preferred adversary for a ticket to Russian Federation.

Instead, both teams finished on 26 points and Peru finished higher thanks to their superior Goal Difference!

"The match was very tight, we suffered a lot but in the end we did it".

After the match, Falcao revealed to reporters that he did in fact make the Chile result known to Peru players, but remained adamant that both sides fought for the win over 90 minutes.

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.

In it, he congratulated the team, before going on to say this about their playoff opponents: "OK, it's a attractive country, but we're going to beat New Zealand".

Tapia told Panamericana TV: "In the last five minutes, the Colombians approached us. What pact? That's speculation", he told RPP radio station.

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