Peru scored a 76th-minute equaliser against Colombia, with a point securing La Blanquirroja fifth place and an intercontinental play-off against New Zealand.
The goal also meant Alexis Sanchez’s Chile slipped out of contention into sixth place, following their 3-0 defeat to Brazil. But it all could have been so different.
Peru’s equaliser came from an indirect free-kick, meaning Paolo Guerrero’s strike wouldn’t have counted had Ospina kept his hands away from the ball. (Though there is a question that it struck James Rodriguez in the wall on its way in – replays are still somewhat inconclusive.)
Unfortunately the message hadn’t got across to the Arsenal goalkeeper, who failed to keep the shot out but also got a touch on the ball as it went beyond him.
Fortunately, Ospina won’t be completely ostracised – a draw was enough for Colombia to take fourth spot and secure automatic World Cup qualification. Alexis might not be so forgiving, mind…
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