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Venezuelan coach claims women were sent to distract players ahead of vital World Cup qualifier against Paraguay

Mirror logo Mirror 6 days ago Thomas Bristow
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Venezuela boss Rafael Dudamel has claimed "several women" were sent to distract his players ahead of Wednesday's crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against Paraguay.

The South American qualifiers came to a dramatic end with Argentina managing to progress and Chile missing out.

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Paraguay still had a chance to qualify going into their last tie against bottom of the table Venezuela - and seemingly did all they could to ensure victory.

Speaking in his post-match conference following the clash, Dudamel said: "There were several women visits last night at the hotel but football players have changed.

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"We were not surprised by these female visits, I do not know who sent them (the women). These are old strategies."

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La Vinotinto won the qualifier 1-0 thanks to an 84th minute goal from Yangel Herrera.

Had Paraguay won the tie they would have sealed a qualifying spot instead of Peru.

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