The Lima Pact: Falcao accused of telling Peru players to go easy

The Colombia striker appeared to be telling the opposition to calm down.

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Colombia striker Radamel Falcao has come under scrutiny for appearing to tell opposition players to calm down and play for a draw during the final round of World Cup 2018 qualifying.

Falcao and the national side came up against South American neighbours Peru on Tuesday evening, in a match which ultimately saw the Colombians seal their spot in the tournament next summer.

Colombia and Peru played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw in Lima, with the visitors going ahead via a James Rodriguez goal assisted by Falcao himself.

Peru equalised in the match through national hero Pablo Guerrero in the 76 minute, presenting both sides with a favourable tied scoreline.

Fired up from their late goal, Peru players continued an energetic final flourish to the game, only for Falcao to engage in a strange brief exchange with several members of his opposition.

The former Manchester United and Chelsea man was seen covering his mouth and speaking animatedly to some of the Peru players, while appearing to gently push one player over to his nearby team-mates to pass on a message.

It has since been suggested Falcao was telling his opponents to calm down their play, as the 1-1 scoreline was enough to benefit both sides.

In the latter stages the tie did indeed wind down to a stalemate, with Colombia qualifying as a result and Peru set to enter the play-off phase for a place in the competition.

Peru will now go up against New Zealand in a two-legged encounter with the winner guaranteed a place at next summer’s tournament.

WOW WOW! Video of what appears Falcao convincing Peru players one by one to deal for a draw that would qualify both pic.twitter.com/8laXomElvY

— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) October 11, 2017

dailymail.co.uk

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