Jose Pekerman "proud" of Colombia

Jose Pekerman
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Colombia coach Jose Pekerman hails his players following their 3-3 draw with Chile in a World Cup qualifier.

Jose Pekerman has spoken of his pride upon seeing his Colombia side play out a 3-3 draw against Chile in their World Cup qualifier last night.

It appeared that the visitors were going to claim all three points when a brace from Alexis Sanchez was accompanied by an Arturo Vidal strike before the break.

However, Teo Gutierrez scored after the restart, before two spot kicks converted by Radamel Falcao secured a share of the spoils for the hosts.

"I was surprised by what happened to us [in the first half]," Pekerman told reporters. "It could have been due the pressure accumulated over a long time.

"I'm very proud of my team, I've rarely seen a national team in this kind of match come back from 3-0 down."

The result saw Colombia seal their place at next year's World Cup in Brazil - a feat that they have not achieved since 1998.

Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring a goal from the penalty spot during the French L1 football match between AS Monaco and FC Lorient at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco on September 15, 2013
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