Peru hopeful of ending 36-year football World Cup drought

Trevor Jackson
October 13, 2017

All Whites boss Anthony Hudson has pulled no punches on his side's intercontinental 2018 World Cup play-off opponent, saying Peru was his preferred adversary for a ticket to Russian Federation next June.

Both Falcao and Renato Tapia hinted at a "non-aggression pact" following the game, while stopping short of saying that the draw was agreed upon by each team.

It was the Argentine who killed off Peru's hopes of earning a place in the 1986 World Cup with his late goal in a decisive qualifier in Buenos Aires.

Falcao 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)".

Twitter and a few journalists suggested that Falcao told the Peru's player to keep the match result the way it is so they can both qualify. "They knew what the situation was in the other games", Tapia told local TV via Fox Sports Asia.

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The point, after all, was enough to clinch Colombia automatic qualification in fourth place with Peru guaranteed a play-off spot just a point behind. "We are aware of the reality and we know that we need to face it in the best possible way and change it".

"I think we could do a bit more against Colombia, I would have liked to win and qualify directly for Russian Federation".

With only Brazil safely assured of their place in Russian Federation next summer, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Paraguay entered the final match-day with it all to gain - or lose.

"Now we are at home for the first game and, like I said, the players believe and I would love to get the message across to the fans that we have a good team we have a serious chance". The top four would qualify directly for the group stages while the fifth-placed team would play an inter-confederation play-off with New Zealand (from OFC). Chile needed Colombia to win the game in order to oust Peru, while the Peruvians only needed to get a point and some help from Brazil to advance.

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