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Colombia and Peru players ‘strike a deal’ to send Chile crashing out of World Cup

South American World Cup qualifying couldn’t have gone more down to the wire.

While much of the focus was on Lionel Messi’s heroics for Argentina, it was equally tense and nail-biting for Peru and Colombia.


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The two nations faced off knowing a defeat for either side could dash their hopes of reaching the finals in Russia in 2018.

James Rodriguez opened the scoring in the 56th minute before Paolo Guerrero clinched a 1-1 draw for Peru in Lima.

Rodriguez celebrates the opener in the 56th minute

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Rodriguez celebrates the opener in the 56th minute

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Both sides were heavily reliant on already-qualified Brazil beating Chile in their final group game – and they delivered with a resounding 3-0 win.

And news of the scoreline soon filtered through fast to Lima, so much so that the players were spotted exchanging words late on after Rodriguez was substituted.

Falcao tries to get the attention of a Peru centre-back

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Falcao tries to get the attention of a Peru centre-back

Guerrero ‘informs’ Carlos Sanchez of the Chile score

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Guerrero ‘informs’ Carlos Sanchez of the Chile score

His replacement Yimmi Charra appeared to quickly pass the message on to Radamel Falcao, who was then spotted whispering to a Peruvian centre-back who in turn acknowledged the sentiment.

Charra barks instructions at his team-mates

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Charra barks instructions at his team-mates

Falcao again tries to establish an understanding

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Falcao again tries to establish an understanding

A truce? Maybe.

The point, after all, was enough to clinch Colombia automatic qualification in fourth place with Peru guaranteed a play-off spot just a point behind.

Crucially, that draw kept Peru ABOVE Alexis Sanchez’s Chile on goal difference after their heavy defeat in Brazil.

They will now face New Zealand for a place at Russia.