Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Chile will not report Peru & Colombia for alleged World Cup 'pact'

Chile will not report Peru & Colombia for alleged World Cup 'pact'

Peru secured fifth spot in the 10-team South American zone's final standings with a 1-1 home draw against Colombia on Tuesday, guaranteeing an intercontinental playoff against New Zealand, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Monaco striker denied accusations he tried to strike a deal with Peru players to see out a draw and both sides fought to the bitter end. Commentators have since referred to the incident as the "Pact of Lima".

The outcome means Colombia qualifies directly for the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation, while fifth-place Peru must vie for a World Cup berth with New Zealand in two matches-one at home and one away.

"I think Peru has been a worthy rival, they fought for 90 minutes just like us".

"He did a great job and helped us a lot in completing the idea with Cuadrado, James and Falcao in attack".

Chile were on course for Russian Federation during Tuesday night's final round of CONMEBOL qualifiers until Peru equalised against Colombia in the 76th minute.

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

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"It is best to travel as fast as possible, but we also have to see how we will handle the issue of players [who play] overseas", Gareca said.

Peru coach and former Newcastle midfielder Nolberto Solano dismissed the controversy as "speculation".

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

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

"We needed to win, them too".

"It is a baseless rumour, no measure will be taken against Peru and Colombia", the official told Blu Radio.

"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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