Colombia tie Peru and advance to the 2018 World Cup

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

The match stood at 1-1 at the time, meaning Colombia had qualified automatically for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation while Peru would secure a place in the play offs, where they would meet New Zealand for a spot.

Peru equalised in the match through national hero Pablo Guerrero in the 76 minute, presenting both sides with a favourable tied scoreline. Chile succumbed to Brazil losing 3-0, and were eliminated from qualification.

Peru's Renato Tapia has revealed that Falcao informed him that both Colombia and Peru would qualify if the scoreline didn't change, although he denied that a deal had been agreed not to go for a victor. The game was managed as it had to be managed.

After Falcao's message was passed around the team, the Peru players played out the final minute of the match passing the ball around the defence before the referee blew the final whistle. "They knew what the situation was in the other games", Tapia told Panamericana TV station in an interview aired on Wednesday. "I spoke with Radamel, who told me we were both qualified (as things stood), but it's football and we play to win".

"We needed to win, them too".

Peru will now go up against New Zealand in a two-legged encounter with the victor guaranteed a place at next summer's tournament. "What pact? That's speculation", he told RPP radio station.

"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".