Colombian conspiracy? Peru & Colombia at center of World Cup match-fixing fiasco

Peru striker Paolo Guerrero celebrates his late equaliser on against Colombia

Peru striker Paolo Guerrero celebrates his late equaliser on against Colombia

With a positive result in this match, Peru have a chance at reaching Russian Federation. because of the slim margins between teams in the table, even a draw could see Peru qualify for a play-in spot.

While the magic of Lionel Messi helped Argentina limp across the line, Uruguay and Colombia both did what was necessary to qualify automatically also - Peru guaranteeing a play-off spot as they attempt to qualify for their first World Cup since 1982.

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

The 31-year-old was spotted speaking to the opposition during the latter stages of the World Cup qualifier, which was locked at 1-1 at the time - a result that suited both sides thanks to results elsewhere.

Video footage has emerged of Peru and Colombia players apparently conspiring to fix their Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup Russia qualifier to end in a draw - a result which benefitted both sides.

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. "We've got a great team".

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

"Obviously in the end, we knew what the other results were and you tell yourself, 'calm down a bit, we mustn't take any risks".

"Whoever we get it's a tough game, very tough, but out of all the teams we were looking at, certainly from my point of view, Peru was a team we would have liked to have played", said Hudson.

"I spoke with Falcao and he said to me that we were both in, so there was happiness about that".

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Peru's president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is confident the country's football team will beat New Zealand in November.

James Rodriguez put Colombia 1-0 up on 56 minutes before Peru leveled 20 minutes later through Paolo Guerrero.

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