Footage of Monaco striker appears to show him approach several Peruvian defenders, passionately remonstrating while covering his mouth with a hand.
One-by-one he makes his way around the Peru back line – even appearing to gently push one player over to his nearby team-mates to pass on a message.
|Falcao looked to prod one of the Peru players in the direction of his team to pass the message
After Falcao’s message was passed around the team, the Peru players played out the final minute of the match passing the ball around the defence before the referee blew the final whistle.
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsItalian journalist Tancredi Palmeri suggested the Columbian skipper had instructed the players to take it easy in order to ensure that both teams would keep their World Cup dreams alive.
A 1-1 draw meant Colombia sealed their spot in next year’s tournament, while Peru secured a playoff tie against New Zealand at the expense of Chile, who failed to qualify.
However, one viewer dismissed the speculation as ridiculous, saying: “Both teams were fighting to win it until injury time and Brazil went 3-0 up in the other match.
“This is just hysteria.” Others claimed Falcao should be praised for his actions, as one comment read: “This is simply beautiful. “Humanity and sportsmanship are not dead after all.”