Copa America - Quarter-Finals
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Argentina win 5-4 on penalties

Argentina 0-0 Colombia (5-4 pens)

Carlos Tevez scored the winning spot-kick as Argentina beat Colombia on penalties to reach the Copa America semi-finals.

Argentina dominated throughout but found Arsenal keeper David Ospina in fine form as he denied Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi and Nicolas Otamendi.

That meant penalties were needed and, after Colombia's Jeison Murillo missed, Tevez converted to seal a 5-4 victory.

Argentina face either Brazil or Paraguay in Tuesday's semi-final.

It capped a memorable day for Tevez, who came off the bench to score moments after a move from Juventus to his hometown club Boca Juniors was confirmed.

David Ospina
Colombia and Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina produced a number of superb saves

It was also a deserved win for Argentina who, having scored just four goals in their three previous games at the tournament, displayed their attacking intent from the outset.

They embarked on wave after wave of attacks but found themselves up against a Colombia side that had set up to frustrate their opponents.

And when Argentina did find their way through the Colombia defence, Ospina was there to deny them.

The goalkeeper, whose future at Arsenal is in doubt with the imminent arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea, produced a stunning double save to keep out Aguero's shot from close range and then somehow get back up to fling himself at Lionel Messi's header on the follow-up.

That gave Colombia confidence, and they finally managed to muster a shot on target in the second half when Jackson Martinez powered a header towards goal, but Sergio Romero got down to make the save.

However, it was left to Ospina to keep Colombia in the game as he made another crucial save, this time denying Otamendi when the defender volleyed a corner at goal and Ospina pushed the ball onto his post.

With no extra-time in the Copa America quarter-finals or semi-finals, the game went to penalties and, after five were missed, Tevez stepped up to seal victory.

Line-ups

Argentina

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Romero
  • 4Zabaleta
  • 2Garay
  • 17Otamendi
  • 16Rojo
  • 6Biglia
  • 14MascheranoBooked at 34mins
  • 10MessiBooked at 90mins
  • 21PastoreSubstituted forBanegaat 77'minutes
  • 7Di MaríaSubstituted forLavezziat 87'minutes
  • 11AgüeroBooked at 20minsSubstituted forTévezat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Roncaglia
  • 5Gago
  • 8Pereyra
  • 9Higuaín
  • 12Guzmán
  • 13Casco
  • 15Demichelis
  • 18Tévez
  • 19Banega
  • 20Lamela
  • 22Lavezzi
  • 23Marchesín

Colombia

Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 1Ospina
  • 18Zuñiga
  • 2Zapata
  • 22Murillo
  • 4AriasBooked at 37mins
  • 15MejíaBooked at 21mins
  • 10RodríguezBooked at 12mins
  • 11Ju CuadradoBooked at 40mins
  • 16IbarboSubstituted forMurielat 85'minutes
  • 19GutiérrezSubstituted forCardonaat 24'minutes
  • 21MartínezSubstituted forFalcaoat 74'minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 3Franco
  • 7Armero
  • 8Cardona
  • 9Falcao
  • 12Vargas
  • 13Andrade
  • 14Valdés
  • 20Muriel
  • 23Bonilla
Referee:
Roberto Garcia
Attendance:
21,508

Match Stats

Home TeamArgentinaAway TeamColombia
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home16
Away2
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away22

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Argentina 0(5), Colombia 0(4).

  2. Penalties over

    Penalty Shootout ends, Argentina 0(5), Colombia 0(4).

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Argentina 0(5), Colombia 0(4). Carlos Tévez (Argentina) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Jeison Murillo (Colombia) right footed shot is too high. Jeison Murillo should be disappointed.

  5. Post update

    Penalty missed! Still Argentina 0(4), Colombia 0(4). Marcos Rojo (Argentina) hits the bar with a left footed shot.

  6. Post update

    Penalty saved! Juan Zuñiga (Colombia) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Lucas Biglia (Argentina) right footed shot is close, but misses to the right. Lucas Biglia should be disappointed.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Argentina 0(4), Colombia 0(4). Edwin Cardona (Colombia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Argentina 0(4), Colombia 0(3). Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Luis Muriel (Colombia) right footed shot is too high. Luis Muriel should be disappointed.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Argentina 0(3), Colombia 0(3). Éver Banega (Argentina) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Argentina 0(2), Colombia 0(3). Juan Cuadrado (Colombia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Argentina 0(2), Colombia 0(2). Ezequiel Garay (Argentina) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Argentina 0(1), Colombia 0(2). Falcao (Colombia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Argentina 0(1), Colombia 0(1). Lionel Messi (Argentina) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Argentina 0, Colombia 0(1). James Rodríguez (Colombia) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  17. Penalties in progress

    Penalty Shootout begins Argentina 0, Colombia 0.

  18. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Argentina 0, Colombia 0.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Argentina. Conceded by Juan Cuadrado.

  20. Post update

    Lionel Messi (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chile321010377
2Bolivia311137-44
3Ecuador310246-23
4Mexico302145-12

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina32104227
2Paraguay31204315
3Uruguay31112204
4Jamaica300303-30

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil32014316
2Peru31112204
3Colombia31111104
4Venezuela310223-13
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