(CNN)That Peru are in touching distance of World Cup qualification for the first time in 35 years has a lot to do with fingertips.
Those fingertips belonged to Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, who touched Paolo Guerrero's indirect free kick into the net and, in doing so, handed Peru a 1-1 draw last month.
Had Ospina not connected with the ball, the goal wouldn't have stood.
With nobody inside the Estadio Nacional de Lima -- or watching up and down Peru -- quite sure what decision the referee had made, the celebration were strangely muted and delayed.
Then came the realization -- and with it came the joy. Peru were just two games away from the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
With Chile losing by more than one goal to Brazil, the point gained from Guerrero's strike was enough for Peru to finish fifth and qualify for an intercontinental playoff against New Zealand.