Peru and Colombia Flirt Story Eliminate Chile from 2018 World Cup

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NBCNEWS – The defeat to Ecuador in the latest match of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers in the CONMEBOL Zone puts Chile in danger of failing to qualify for the second time. If it ultimately fails, La Roja certainly hopes that the unsportsmanlike incident in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will not be repeated.

Despite winning the 2015 and 2016 Copa America, Chile ultimately failed to qualify for Russia. At that time, they had to accept the harsh reality of finishing sixth in the final standings.

Chile finished qualifying with 26 points or equal to Peru. But, eliminated based on the fact that Alexis Sanchez et al have a goal difference that is less. La Roja lost 0-3 in the last match against Brazil. While Peru won a 1-1 draw with Colombia thanks to an own goal by David Ospina in the 77th minute. Both matches took place at the same hour.

What annoyed Chile was the situation that occurred in Peru’s match against Colombia. Initially, everything was normal until they found out that Chile was defeated by Brazil. With that situation, Peru and Colombia are balanced enough to make Chile out.

Footage shows, in one of the moments, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao is seen approaching three Peruvian players, namely Renato Tapia, Christian Ramos and Miguel Araujo. The four of them seemed to be whispering with very serious faces. It seemed they were thinking about something important.

That unusual conversation has given rise to allegations that they teamed up to play it safe with the remaining minutes to keep the end 1-1. With one point, Colombia will advance to the finals after finishing fourth with 27 points. Meanwhile Peru advanced to the play-offs.

“Obviously we realized what happened in the other games. We played with knowledge of other results and, at that moment, (we wanted to) make it known,” Falcao said.

Tapia said the same thing. “In the last five minutes, (the player) Colombia (Falcao) approached us. They knew the situation in the other games. So we managed the game like we have to. I spoke to Radamel, who told me we both qualified. But, this football and we play to win,” said Tapia.

The truth on the ground was never revealed. The reason is, FIFA and CONMEBOL refused to carry out an investigation because they considered this a normal thing. But, for Chilean supporters, the incident will continue to be remembered as one of the most unsportsmanlike forms of South American football.

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