Colombia ousts Peru in penalties, reaches Copa America semifinals
Colombia is on to the Copa America semifinals after outlasting Peru in penalty kicks following a physical scoreless draw at a soldout MetLife Stadium in New Jersey Friday night.
David Ospina made a tremendous kick save on Miguel Trauco and Christian Cueva fired over the bar, as Colombia advanced 4-2 after the shootout. James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado, Dayro Moreno and Sebastian Perez each converted from the spot for the Cafeteros, which ends a lengthy drought. Colombia hadn't been to the semifinals since 2004, missing out in each of the last three tournaments. Peru, meanwhile was hoping for a place in the semifinals for a third straight Copa.
During regulation, James Rodriguez came closest to scoring for Colombia, with his 25-yard driven blast hitting off the right post. Christian Ramos nearly scored at the end of regular time, but his header off a corner kick was tipped over by an acrobatic Ospina. Per competition rules, the match went straight to penalties without extra time.
Here are highlights of the key plays:
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Colombia will play the winner of Mexico-Chile in the semifinals.