Falcao sparks match-fixing allegations after Peru star reveals what Colombia striker said to him
Radamel Falcao’s conduct during Colombia’s World Cup qualifying match with Peru has come into question after Renato Tapia revealed what the striker said to him.
The two South American nations played out a 1-1 draw during Wednesday’s final qualifier in Lima. The result ensured Colombia finished fourth and qualified for next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Peru finished fifth, edging out Chile on goal difference, and now face New Zealand in a two-legged play-off.
However, Falcao’s actions during the final stages of the game have come under the spotlight after it was suggested the Peru players stopped exerting themselves as fiercely under instruction from the Monaco forward.
The 31-year-old could be seen talking to a number of Peru’s players, apparently explaining that a draw suited both nations.
And now to stoke the fire, Peru midfielder Renato Tapia admitted his team-mates did discuss the outcome of the match with their opponents.
"We were focussed on the game and then in the final five minutes the Colombians approached us," he told Panamericana Television.
"They knew the situations from the other grounds. The game was managed as it had to be managed.
"I spoke with Falcao and he said to me that we were both in, so there was happiness about that."