By now you’ve probably seen footage of the final moments of Peru’s World Cup qualifier with Colombia.
With score at 1-1, the last three minutes of the game consisted of Peru passing the ball along their defence with no real pressure from the opposition.
When the final whistle was blown, both dugouts invaded the pitch and celebrated.
Why? Because a draw suited both teams just fine.
One point meant Colombia qualified automatically while a stalemate ensured Peru finished fifth in the group, securing them a play-off against New Zealand.
Radamel Falcao has revealed that both teams were aware of the scores in the other games as they played out a tame finish in Lima.
The Monaco forward was seen talking to several Peru players late on and since admitted that he discussed the possibility of playing out a draw.
“We knew what was happening in the other matches,” he said.
“We were playing with (the knowledge of) the other results and in that moment (I tried) to transmit that (to Peru).”
The losers in this situation were Chile who finished sixth meaning Alexis Sanchez will not feature in next summer’s tournament in Russia.
But the farcical events second half in Lima also caused one neutral some considerable distress.
An unnamed punter placed a six-fold accumulator on the final qualifying games in South America and CONCACAF.
And he stood to win £919.42 from just £1 if only there was one more goal in the game between Peru and Colombia.
If only Falcao had spent the last few minutes trying to extend scoring record his season instead of playing Chinese whispers.
We assume the anonymous gambler will be wishing failure on Colombia next summer after this incident…
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