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Soccer-Peru strikes late to beat Colombia in crunch playoff

Edison Flores scored a late goal for Peru to give the Andean side a 1-0 away win against Colombia on Friday and boost their chances of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Half-time substitute Flores scored after 85 minutes to give Peru their third successive victory and lift them to 20 points and fourth in the 10-team South America section, one point ahead of the ‘Uruguay.

The top four teams automatically qualify for Qatar and fifth place enters the playoffs with a team from the Asian confederation. Brazil and Argentina have already secured their places and third-place Ecuador is almost certain to join them. Colombia is sixth with 17 points.

Colombia and Peru started the night tied on 17 points and although the home side made most of the run they were hurt by their old failures in front of goal. Friday’s match was their sixth consecutive qualification without finding the back of the net.

Peru had just two shots on goal to Colombia’s 20 and Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese also made some great saves to keep his side in the game. With three games remaining, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay still have a chance of reaching the final and only Venezuela, who will face Bolivia later on Friday, are completely out of contention.

Peru’s next game is at home against Ecuador on Tuesday, while Colombia travel to Argentina the same evening.

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