Colombia vs Peru summary: score, goals, highlights, WC 2022 CONMEBOL qualifier
Colombia vs Peru: WC 2022 CONMEBOL qualifier live online
- Flores stuns Barranquilla in the 85th minute
- Liverpool target Diaz starts for Colombia
- No Paolo Guerrero or Jeferson Farfán for Peru
- Colombia have won past four meetings between both sides
- 'Los Cafeteros' have failed to score in past five games
Many thanks for joining us tonight as Peru took a step closer to securing a place at the Qatar World Cup with a late goal from DC United's Edison Flores enough to secure all three points. Colombia have an uphill task if they are to secure a top four finish.
Next up for Peru: Ecuador (a), Uruguay (a) and home to Paraguay. Next week's game in Quito could be instrumental in seeing what side secures third place in the CONMEBOL group.
Next up for Colombia: Argentina (h), Bolivia (h) and Venezuela (a).... Very likely that Los Cafeteros will need three wins from the final three games in the CONMEBOL qualifying group.
The whistle sounds and it's Peru who secure a vital 0-1 win to edge towards a place in Qatar. Heartbreak for Colombia who slip to sixth in the group and see how their dreams of being in the Gulf next November are in dire straits.
Carillo does well for Peru and almost finds a second goal of the night. Corner for the visitors and the clock winds down towards the 97 minute mark.
Another corner and another Peru clearance. One gets the impression that Colombia could be here all night and would still struggle to find the net.
James Rodriguez has a go from the edge of the box and the central player sees his effort go inches wide. The Peru goal has also sucked the life out of the 40,000 plus at the El Metro stadium.
Can Colombia claw their way back with a goal that would offer a sliver of consolation for Los Cafeteros.
We're one minute into added time. Still no sign of how much time will be added ... Seven minutes of added time.
It looks like being the perfect 'smash n' grab' from Peru. Sit deep, defend in depth and hope to strike on the counter. Peru with a major step closer to Qatar should they hang on for the win.
That goal is a major body blow for Colombia's attempts to secure a place at the Qatar World Cup. A draw would have not been a great result but a loss to a direct rival is nothing short of a disaster for Ruedo's side.
Great strike from Flores and could Ospina have done more with the ball beating the keeper at his near post.
Goooooooooool. Peru strike with a lightning counter. Flores with the goal as he slides the ball past Ospina.
Gallese now on the ground and will look to wind down a few minutes. Peru have been doing their best to disrupt the flow of the game since early in the first half.
Mojica tries his luck again but the strike was easy for Gallese to stop. James now feeds Diaz and the Porto man blazes over.
Luis Diaz shoots and Gallese is called into action to save an og. The Orlando City keeper has been the saviour for Peru tonight delivering save after save for the visitors.
Peru closing in on securing what they looked for from the outset which is a 0-0 draw.
Luis Diaz still looking busy as Colombia win yet another corner. Less than 15' for Los Cafeteros to find the breakthrough. Another failure to find the net would be six games back to back with no goals for Colombia and that is an alarming stat.
Mina clawed back and the ref seems to call a penalty kick but the flag was up
Frusrtration starting to creep in now for Colombia as the clock ticks down
Peru set to make a double switch. The ball falls to Falcao and once again the veteran striker just unable to get a clean connection on the ball.
Johan Mojica getting plenty of room to maraud on the Colombia left flank. Colombia doing everything right now but find that final ball or shot.
James finds Mojica and the Elche player opts for a long range shot. The ball clips Tapia but the ref. awards a goal kick.
It's all Colombia now and surely a question of time before the finally secure this long awaited goal.
Cueva clips James and his name is added to the book
What a strike from Mina and the ball whistles over the Peru bar as Sanchez and Falcao almost latch onto a cross from James. Colombia applying plenty of pressure now.
Fine cross from Elche's Mojica and Peru forced to clear for a corner. Colombia launching balls into the Peru box but no way through for the men in yellow.
Santos Borre gets clipped in the face and play is held up as the Eintracht man gets looked at. Ref. orders play to resume.
Off we go again in Barranquilla.
Edison Flores set to come on for Peru. Appears that Peña is the man that makes way for the DC United player.
The sides are back on the pitch at 'El Metro' with a big 45' ahead. Peru will be more than happy to leave Barranquilla with a point and Colombia will look to take maximum points and break their goal-scoring drought.
So what of Luis Diaz we hear the Liverpool fans ask? A quiet first 45' to be honest with just the mazy run towards the end of the half to catch the eye.
Five and a half games now with no goals for Colombia but it's the home side who have made all the attacking forrays today.
The whistle sounds at El Metro and no way through for Colombia despite their best efforts.
Pedro Gallese in no hurry to take the goal kick as we enter the final minute of added time.
Luis Diaz breaks with pace and Carillo has to foul the Porto man as he streaks through on goal.
Danger for Peru as James lines up to take the free kick. Straight into the wall from the Al-Rayyan player.
Luis Diaz breaks with pace and Carillo has to foul the Porto man as he streaks through on goal.
4 minutes will be added. Seems a little short given the countless stops we've experienced in the first half.
Carillo does really well to win a corner as Peru look to launch quick counters.
Great work from Peru as the move the ball well from back to front. A dangerous ball into the box sees Ospina fist the ball back into open play.
Play held up once again as Gianluca Lapadula leaves the pitch momentarily with a bloody nose.
Falcao, once again goes close, this time El Tigre heading just wide.
Peru totally unable to hang onto the ball at present with poor passing from the Blanquirroja
James Rodriguez, despite his indifferent start with Al-Rayyan, is still very much the heartbeat of this Colombia side. The former Real Madrid man still as creative as he was in his heyday.
Possession: COL 73-23 PER (%)
Falcao shoots from close range but the Rayo striker pulls the ball wide after failing to connect cleanly with the ball.
The Boca Juniors defender is back on his feet and we're underway again in Barranquilla.
Peru have a man down and it appears that Diaz clipped Zambrano in a tussle for the ball. The Peruvian player writhes on the ground in some distress.
Very much a stop-start first half an hour which will suit Peru to perfection.
Colombia press again and Pedro Gallese intervenes bravely as Falcao is ready to pounce. The Peru keeper seems to picked up a knock and play is held up as he receives medical attention.
James with a header as the home side press. Pedro Gallese watches as the effort drifts over the bar. Nothing for Ospina to do apart from that early intervention as it's the home side who are totally on top here in Barranquilla.
Both teams have their eye on the fourth place in the group but there is the consolation of a play-off place for the fifth placed side against a side from the AFC.
Luis Diaz now playing on the right flank for Colombia after starting on the left side. Liverpool fans around the world analyzing the performance of the 25-year-old tonight no doubt.
One senses, even at this stage of the game, that Peru would leave Barranquilla happy with a 0-0. The men in red and white are sitting deep and inviting Colombia to take the initiative. Solid showing so far from James Rodriquez!
Card for Mina as he leads with his elbow
Peru's Tapia gets medical attention after the collission with Falcao.
Bit of wrestling from the Peru defenders as Lopez tangles with Falcao. Cuadrado with another corner for the home side as Falcao heads over.
Colombia strike with James seeing his effort deflected wide. First corner for the home side.
A couple of times now that James Rodriguez has pulled up and it does appear that the central player may have picked up a knock of some description.
Santos Borre has a shot from an acute angle but it deflects into the arms of Peru keeper and captain Gallese.
Colombia enjoying the bulk of early possession. James Rodriguez hoping to head back to his new home of Doha next November with 'Los Cafeteros' as the Colombian midfielder now plays his football with QLS side Al-Rayyan.
First half chance falls to Peru and Colombia keeper Ospina is called into action as he gathers to avert the danger.
A frantic pace to the opening game as both sides find their way, Peru anxious to keep the packed stadium crowd as quiet as possible.
Tonight's match official is: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)
Falcao wearing his traditional No. 9 tonight rather than the No. 3 he sports at new club Rayo Vallecano.
Off we go in Barranquilla.
All set ahead of a real CONMEBOL six pointer !
Colombia in their classic yellow shirts and blue shorts, Peru too in their iconic white with red slash.
The sides take to the pitch at a packed 'El Metro' and it's national anthem time with first up that of Peru followed by Colombia.
Gianluca Lapadula will lead the line for Peru today in a 4-5-1 formation with the Benevento man the sole striker.
Peru fans making their presence felt in Barranquilla
Rueda on Colombia goal drought
"It is an inexplicable streak. Videos have been analyzed and the players have worked individually on reflecting on the aspects to improve so that what they have developed on the field can be transferred into efficiency."
Fight for final WC place
With Argentina and Brazil already guaranteed a place at the World Cup and Ecuador a solid bet for the third place, it's a real dogfight for the final automatic qualification place. A defeat tonight and win for Bolivia against lowly Venezuela, could see Colombia slip to 7th spot.
Falcao and Diaz looking to find the target for El Tricolor
Finding the target has been the problem recently for Colombia with the Tricolor failing to find the net in the past five outings that have seen their path to Qatar now under question with four draws and one defeat in these five outings. Liverpool target Diaz and Rayo Vallecano's Radamel Falcao will be looking to change fortunes for Reinaldo Ruedo's side.
The last five meetings between both sides bode well for Colombia fans with four wins and just one loss. When both sides met in Lima in the WC qualifier last June, Los Cafeteros ran out 0-3 winners with Uribe, Diaz and Mina bagging the goals.
All eyes on Diaz
Luis Díaz will be one of the players under the microscope tonight in Barranquilla with the 25-year-old expected to join Liverpool from FC Porto in the next 48 hours with Portugal's sporting press confirming that Liverpool representatives will conduct the player's medical whilst on international duty with Colombia. A fee of 45 million euro (plus another 15 in variables) will see the striker move to the Premier League according to Record.
Here's how the top of the CONMEBOL qualifying group looks ahead of Friday's game
A key clash in Barranquilla tonight as both sides look to secure an automatic place in Qatar with Argentina and Brazil the only two teams to have confirmed their place at the World Cup. With a creditable 1-1 draw at home to Brazil last night, Ecuador on 24 points look a solid bet to secure third place with all eyes on the final and fourth place that would mean automatic qualification. Fifth place would see a play-off game against an AFC nation.
The action at the 45,000 capacity Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez or El Metro as it's colloquailly called gets underway at 4pm ET/local time or 22:00 CET.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage as Colombia face Peru in Barranquilla in match-day 15 of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying group.