Colombia is on to the Copa America semifinals after outlasting Peru in penalty kicks following ...
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.
|David Ospina made a tremendous kick save on Miguel Trauco|
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.
|Ospina celebrates after stopping Miguel Tranco's penalty|
Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado and Dayro Moreno converted the first three penalty kicks for Colombia, beating goalkeeper Pedro Gallese. Raul Ruidiaz, Renato Tapia had made the first two for Peru.
Watch the penalty shoot-out below