What Radamel Falcao Really Said To Peru Midfielder Renato Tapia Revealed
If you didn't manage to watch this week's action in the CONMEBOL standings for Russia 2018, then you've missed out. In particular, Colombia's World Cup qualifier against Peru has sparked plenty of controversy.
Colombia against Peru eventually finished 1-1 - a result left Colombia with a place in the 2018 World Cup, while handing Peru with a play-off place. Ricardo Gareca's side will now prepare to face New Zealand over a two-legged play-off.
But one moment in particular grabbed the headlines on Wednesday morning.
Plenty questioned Colombia striker Radamel Falcao's actions towards the end of the game, with some suggesting he was telling Peru to play out the draw that helped both sides.
24 hours after the incident occurred, both a Peru player and Falcao have come out and spoken about the incident.
Peru midfielder Renato Tapia has since admitted that teammates did discuss the match result with their opponents:
"In the last five minutes, the Colombians approached us. They knew what the situation was in the other games," Tapia told local TV via Fox Sports Asia.
"So we managed the game as we needed to. I spoke with Radamel, who told me we were both qualified (as things stood), but it's football and we play to win."
Colombia and Monaco striker Falcao has also spoken about the controversy, saying:
"We knew what was happening in the other matches, we were playing with (the knowledge of) the other results and in that moment (I tried) to transmit that (to Peru)." via Fox Sports Asia.
Chile fans won't be happy with what happened on Tuesday night, but if they'd only lost 2-1 to Brazil, then they'd have been in the play-off instead of Peru.
Just seen the video of Falcao running around telling all the peru players to play for a draw as they both will qualify :joy: surely matchfixing?- sean mc comb (@sugarseantl) October 11, 2017
What Falcao did was wrong!- Marshall :flag_ng: (@UZII_SUBLIME) October 12, 2017
Watch.- Graham Hunter (@BumperGraham) October 11, 2017
Colombia/Falcao appears to be suggesting to Peru here that a 1-1 draw, in Lima, should be walked out to final whistle. Reason? Colombia direct qualification. Peru only play off BUT they concede one more goal and out altogether. Smart? Unjust? https://t.co/P81JhI3qYe
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