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The conditions of the direct encounter in Barranquilla were clear: Colombia wanted to enter a win, win back to the previously lost to Uruguay fourth. The first four teams in South America qualify directly for the World Cup, the fifth must be in an intercontinental play-off duel.

And alone the view of the statements actually showed the balance of power: The Colombians began Ospina (Napoli) in the gate, before defending Juan Cuadrado (Juventus), Yerry Mina (Everton) and Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham). In midfield, the former Munich James (Al-Rayyan SC) and courted by Liverpool Luis Diaz ran on. At the forefront of Frankfurt striker Borré should ensure next Falcao unrest.

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The Colombians were also the dominant team, peru iggered in the back and lurked on counterattack. In the first section Falcao appeared several times dangerous in the penalty box, but the visitors always brought in between a foot. After the break, Falcao and Borré 66 minutes by Borja and Alzate were exchanged. Really compelling offensive play of Colombians but not was.

After 72 minutes the home fans cheered on, but the supposed penalty for a foul on Yerry Mina was cashed by the VAR for a previous offside. And so it came as it had to come: Peru countered much too far up advanced home side classic appearance. Cueva sent a through ball Flores on the trip, the half left fully stretched flat inside the near post from a tight angle in the penalty area – keeper Ospina saw no means happy from (85).

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The Colombians threw in the seven-minute stoppage time again everything forward, but also the attempt by James brushed past the post (90 + 4). For Peru, it was the third qualifying win in a row, with now 20 points and fourth place should the World Cup participants make of 2018 legitimate hopes for participation in Qatar.

Colombia, however, has to win any of their last six qualifying games (four draws, two defeats) – and in none of these duels also scored just one goal itself. Brazil and Argentina have already been confirmed as World Cup participants. Behind Ecuador follows with 24 points. Rank four and five make Peru, from Uruguay (19), Colombia (17) and Chile (16) among themselves.

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