Match fixing? Falcao admits discussing with Peru stars to play for a draw

Match fixing? Falcao admits discussing with Peru stars to play for a draw

- Radamel Falcao admits he discussed with Peru players not to push for a winning goal in a World Cup qualifier

- Colombia and Peru played a 1 - 1 draw that saw the former qualify directly while Peru are in the play-offs

- The former Manchester United and Chelsea striker has been accused of match-fixing which he however denies

Radamel Falcao and Peru midfielder Renato Tapia have admitted that they discussed that their teams should play a draw in the closing stages of their World Cup qualifying match.

Colombia and Peru played a 1 - 1 draw on the night of Tuesday, October 10 and the results suited both teams. Colombia directly qualified for the World Cup while Peru went through to the play-offs.

Falcao came in for criticism after appearing to tell the Peru players not to push for a winning goal and he has now explained the situation on the pitch.

WCQ: Falcao admits discussing with Peru stars to play for a draw

Falcao celebrates after the game against Peru. Photo: The Telegraph

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El Tigre said after the game: "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)."

Tapia who plays for Dutch side Feyenoord said denied in an interview on Wednesday, October 11 that any deal or 'pact' had been agreed.

"In the last five minutes, the Colombians approached us. They knew what the situation was in the other games," Tapia told Panamericana TV.

"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."

Falcao set up his former Monaco team-mate James Rodriguez for the opening goal of the game, before Pablo Guerrero equalised.

Peru will face New Zealand in a two-legged tie, the winner of which will earn a spot at the World Cup.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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