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Gary Rose

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  1. Post update

    That's all from us but we'll back with more Copa America action on Saturday, when Brazil face Paraguay at 22:30 BST. Time for me to get some much needed kip. See you later.

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    Argentina win on penalties

    That penalty shootout also equals the highest amount of penalties kicked in a Copa America penalty shootout, with Brazil beating Uruguay 5-4 in 2007.

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    Argentina win on penalties

    Argentina's win sets up a potentially mouth-watering semi-final tie with rivals Brazil, who first need to overcome Paraguay in their quarter-final match.

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    Argentina win on penalties

    Argentina's players celebrate

    What a story that ended up being then. Carlos Tevez, who during the game had his move to Boca Juniors confirmed, climbs off the bench to score the decisive penalty.

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    Noel Fitzpatrick: Pains me to say it but the better team won,

  6. SCORES!

    Argentina 5-4 Colombia - Carlos Tevez

    No messing from Tevez, he fires the penalty into the back of the net and Argentina are into the semi-finals!

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    Incredible run of misses!

  8. OVER!

    Argentina 4-4 Colombia - Jeison Murillo

    How...seriously how? A tremendous miss, scooped in comedic fashion over the bar.


    Argentina 4-4 Colombia - Marcos Rojo

    No-one wants this! Straight onto the crossbar.

  10. SAVED!

    Argentina 4-4 Colombia - Juan Zuniga

    Romero goes the right way and punches the penalty clear. Advantage Argentina.

  11. WIDE!

    Argentina 4-4 Colombia - Lucas Biglia

    He did not look confident at all and shoots wide. Sudden death!

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    To win it...

  13. SCORES!

    Argentina 4-4 Colombia - Edwin Cardona

    Keeper gets his hand to it, but somehow the ball squirms under him. Poor penalty.

  14. SCORES!

    Argentina 4-3 Colombia - Ezequiel Lavezzi

    Placed just inside the post. Ospina cannot reach it.

  15. OVER!

    Argentina 3-3 Colombia - Luis Muriel

    Horrendous. Skied horribly. Absolutely nowhere near the goal. Dear oh dear.

  16. SCORES!

    Argentina 3-3 Colombia - Ever Banega

    Low, to the right and the keeper dives the right way but he just can't quite get to it.

  17. SCORES!

    Argentina 2-3 Colombia - Juan Cuadrado

    Everyone is going the same way! Straight into the roof of the net, way out of the keeper's reach.

  18. SCORES!

    Argentina 2-2 Colombia - Ezequiel Garay

    Cracking penalty. He looked confident, he was confident. Straight into the top corner.

  19. SCORES!

    Argentina 1-2 Colombia - Radamel Falcao

    Falcao rifles the ball into the roof of the net. Top penalty.

  20. SCORES!

    Argentina 1-1 Colombia - Lionel Messi

    And no doubting Messi either, Ospina diving the wrong way and Messi puts it high to the keeper's left.

  21. SCORES!

    Argentina 0-1 Colombia - James Rodriguez

    No doubting Rodriguez, sends the keeper the wrong way.

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    Matthew Llewel Rees: My little bet with my students here in Bogota was 0-0 Colombia to win on pens!! por favor $30,000 pesos my way please!!??


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    To penalties then. Could Colombia sneak this?

    Argentina won 6-5 on pens when these sides went the distance before, in 1993.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    A late chance with a free-kick for Argentina now. It is quite far out but Ever Banega fancies it. His team-mate charge forward but Banega launches the ball high, high over the bar. An embarrassed raise of his hand to acknowledge his error.


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Lionel Messi is the latest recipient of a yellow card. What for? I'm not quite sure but Argentina have a corner, which Messi heads down into the ground.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    FOUR minutes of stoppage time. Can anyone find a winner? If not then it is to penalties. No extra-time in these games.

  27. CLOSE!

    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    So close! Carlos Tevez bursts away to chase a ball over the top, David Ospina races off his line and the ball is accidently poked past him by Cristian Zapata. It looks certain to trickle into the net but Jeison Murillo gets back to clear off the line at the last moment.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Ezequiel Lavezzi is on now for Argentina, replacing Angel Di Maria. Is there time for a latest twist?


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    It felt like I was typing out yellow card entries every minute in the first half but, unbelievably, it has taken until the 85th minute to see one in the second half, Radamel Falcao booked for a little nudge on a Argentina player.


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Colombia make their final change as Victor Ibarbo heads off, with striker Luis Muriel brought on. A change made with penalties in mind?


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    So close! Colombia survive again as this time a corner is drilled into the area and Nicolas Otamendi sticks out a boot, directing the ball towards goal but David Ospina pushes it onto the post before the ball is cleared off the line.


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Straight on to the pitch and straight into the action. One of Ever Banega's first touches of the ball is to smack it against the top of the crossbar after good work from Lionel Messi just outside the Colombia area.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Another change for Argentina as Javier Pastore is replaced by Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega.


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Here he comes. With his move to Boca Juniors sorted, Carlos Tevez jogs on to the pitch in place of Sergio Aguero.

    Moments later, Radamel Falcao replaces Jackson Martinez for Colombia.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    I love seeing Lionel Messi charge at defences, but his latest drive at Colombia's back line is not a good one. He runs straight into an opposition player when he did have options around him.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Twenty minutes to go. Will we have a goal before the 90 minutes are up? Or will penalties be needed? No extra-time in these quarter-final games remember.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Hello! This is something we have not seen in this game until now - a Colombia attack. They set off on a quick break through Juan Cuadrado, who finds James Rodriguez on the edge of the area. The Real Madrid forward pokes the ball to Victor Ibarbo, whose shot is put behind for a corner. From that, Jackson Martinez draws a first save of the game out of Sergio Romero with a strong header.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Ezequiel Garay sends a long searching ball down the right, Javier Pastore bends his run to set off and chase it. The linesman's flag briefly stays down, before he flags Pastore offside.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Argentina are still seeing more of the ball, but are less threatening with it in the final third. They manage to win a free-kick on the right side of the area which Lionel Messi takes, but he fails to trouble David Ospina.

    Meanwhile, there's some angry antics on the touchline as the Argentina assistant is sent to the stands. Hot tempered on and off the pitch.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Javier Pastore has had a fine game. He chases down a lost cause after Colombia make a mess of a clearance and sends the ball into the area for Sergio Aguero, who lets the ball bounce but it does not fall kindly for the striker and the chance is gone.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Carlos Tevez

    Carlos Tevez is on the Argentina bench, but he has just completed his move to a new club. The striker has joined Boca Juniors from Juventus. Maybe he will celebrate the move with a goal?

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Radamel Falcao begins his warm-up. Could this be the game for the former Manchester United striker to shine?

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    An early free-kick for Argentina on the right side of the area. Angel Di Maria drives the ball into the area, but Colombia sweep up the danger.

  44. KICK-OFF

    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Argentina were itching to get going. They emerged on to the pitch for the second half a fair while before Colombia, who get us back under way.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Hevar Jamal: They need to let James off the leash! He's too good not to utilise him properly...

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia


    Not pretty, but so far effective but just how long can Colombia keep Argentina at bay? If Argentina do get a goal, then surely it is game over if Colombia continue to play like they did.

    Almost time for the second half to get under way.

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    Naveed Afzal: If I was a betting man I'd say a second yellow or red is imminent. This ref is handing em out like Christmas cards.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia


    Sergio Romero may as well go take a seat in the stands. That was one of the quietest halves of football the Argentina goalkeeper will ever play.

    Will Colombia stick to a similarly cautious tactic in the second half? Juan Cuadrado is pretty much playing at right-back he is sitting that deep, leaving Colombia with very little attacking flair.

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    Ruairidh Anderson: Such a good game so far despite the lack of goals! Think the ref is card happy though!!


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    A hot-tempered half comes to an end. Argentina dominated, but found themselves frustrated by Colombia's defence, as well as a couple of superb David Ospina saves.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    One minute of stoppage time...wait, what? After the number of challenges and yellows in that half?

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Colombia are in unfamiliar territory as they break forward, with Camilo Zuniga finding himself up against three players. He twists and turns but ultimately can't find a way through.


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Another minute, another yellow card. Argentina's Marcos Rojo the man to go in the book this time.


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Thankfully we have Lionel Messi in this game to ensure there is something to make us purr between all these niggly fouls.

    The Barcelona forward somehow manages to skip between two perplexed Colombia players before sending the ball out wide to Angel Di Maria. His cross is then poked towards his own goalkeeper by Cristian Zapata, who puffs his cheeks out in relief. That clearance could have gone anywhere.


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Argentina have had seven shots on goal, four of those on target. Colombia have had no shots at all. They are up on the yellow card stats, though, with Santiago Aria the fifth player - third for Colombia - to be booked in this game.


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Javier Mascherano avoided a yellow with his last tackle, not this time though. He launches foot first into James Rodriguez and the referee is straight over and brandishing the yellow card.

    Who is getting sent off first then?

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    The tasty tackles continue to fly in and Javier Mascherano gives away a free-kick as he goes in strong on Victor Ibarbo. The Colombia striker is not happy and, being a good few inches taller than Mascherano, you would expect the Argentina man to back down. No chance and instead the referee has to intervene to calm things down.

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    Kofi Tawiah Quansah: Dear Argentina and Colombia I'm staying up late for a good game not a defence vs attack game.


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Lionel Messi

    What a save! Simply superb stuff! Javier Pastore lays it on a plate for Sergio Aguero with a superb ball behind the defence but Arsenal shotstopper David Ospina denies the Manchester City man with his feet. The best is to come, though, as Lionel Messi races in on the loose ball and looks certain to head home, but up pops Ospina with a stunning save.

    Who needs Petr Cech?

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    A change already? Colombia boss Jose Pekerman opts to take off forward Teo Gutierrez and bring on Edwin Cardona. The Colombians have been second-best so far, will this shore them up?


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    This is already a hot tempered game as Colombia's Alexander Mejia is shown a yellow. Someone is getting sent off.


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Argentina cry out for another penalty. This time Sergio Aguero goes down acrobatically when his attempt at a shot is cut out by a challenge, the ball runs loose to Lionel Messi, who scuffs wide before he too tumbles over the legs of a Colombia player.

    Aguero is fuming at the referee, who shows him the yellow card. This referee is taking no lip.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia


    Wondering why I have barely mentioned a Colombia attack? This is why. Argentina are dominating possession and Colombia have hardly got out of their own half.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Nicolas Otamendi wants a penalty. He's waiting for a free-kick in the area and when it comes in he goes down under the challenge of Jeison Murillo. Looking at the replay, he was looking for that I reckon. Good decision ref.


    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Alright James, calm down lad. The Colombia forward is battling with Angel Di Maria for possession near the touchline, the ball goes over and the referee gives Argentina the throw. Rodriguez is fuming, screaming at the referee and is shown a yellow as a result. Needless.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Lovely, penetrating run by Lionel Messi as Argentina come forward again. He drives at the defence before feeding a pass out wide to Angel Di Maria, the forward tries to curl the ball into the path of Messi, who continues his run into the box, but a defender cuts out the pass.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    Sergio Aguero

    First sight of goal for Argentina as Angel Di Maria races away down the left and crosses low for Lionel Messi, whose first-time shot is deflected behind for a corner. The next chance is made in Manchester, Di Maria sending in the corner for Marcos Rojo but he powers a header over.

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    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    For anyone following this live commentary where it is the middle of the night, you'll be pleased to know there will no extra-time in this game. Straight to penalties.

    Jackson Martinez is looking eager to impress after being given the nod ahead of Radamel Falcao. He tries to prise open the Argentina defence with a first-time pass from a throw-in, but fails. Early days, though.

  70. KICK-OFF

    Argentina 0-0 Colombia

    A quick check of his watch and the referee blows his whistle, with Argentina getting matters under way.

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    Argentina v Colombia (00:30 BST)

    It is a packed out stadium at Vina del Mar, a superb atmosphere.

    Anthems done, captains Lionel Messi and James Rodriguez shake hands and all that is left is for this game to get under way!

  72. All about that space

    Argentina v Colombia (00:30 BST)

    Angel di Maria

    Argentina are unbeaten at the tournament so far, winning two and drawing one of their three group games.

    They found themselves frustrated against Jamaica in their final group game, edging a 1-0 victory, but Angel Di Maria is confident they'll have to play more entertaining football against Colombia.

    "Facing Colombia will be hard, but we will have more spaces to attack," says the Manchester United forward. "It is always more difficult to play an opponent that waits with all their players at the back, than one who chooses to go in search of your goal."

  73. Carlos is on his way

    Argentina v Colombia (00:30 BST)

    Carlos Valderamma

    Almost time for kick-off. Let's hope Colombia legend Carlos Valderrama got there in time. He looks a bit flustered in this photo of him presumably making his way to the game.

  74. Familiar faces

    Argentina v Colombia (00:30 BST)

    Lionel Messi

    At this moment in time, Jose Pekerman will be seeing some very familiar faces.

    The Argentinean was boss of the Argentina national team between 2004 and 2006, and handed Lionel Messi his international debut in 2005.

    He was also one of the few people brave enough to leave Messi on the bench, when they lost to Germany in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final.

  75. Pekerman's problems

    Argentina v Colombia (00:30 BST)

    Jose Pekerman

    Colombia's midfield is very much in makeshift territory tonight.

    Edwin Valencia suffered an injury in their final group game, while Carlos Sanchez picked up his second booking of the tournament in that game.

    With Abel Aguilar picking up an injury before Copa America got under way, Jose Pekerman is having to mastermind a result against Argentina without his main three central midfielders.

    Still, that's a strong looking line-up they have.

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    Argentina v Colombia (00:30 BST)

    Radamel Falcao can became Colombia all-time leading scorer if he scores against Argentina but if he is to do that, he will have to do it from the bench.

    He has paid the price for his poor form in front of goal, with Jose Pekerman preferring Jackson Martinez in attack.

  77. Team news

    Argentina v Colombia (00:30 BST)

    Radamel Falcao

    Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria all start for Argentina but the big surprise is in the Colombia team as Radamel Falcao is dropped to the bench,

    Argentina XI: Romero; Zabaleta, Garay, Otamendi, Rojo; Biglia, Mascherano, Pastore; Messi, Aguero, Di Maria.

    Colombia XI: Ospina; Zuniga, Zapata, Murillo, Armero; Cuadrado, Mejaa, James Rodriguez, Ibarbo, Jackson, Gutierrez.

  78. Post update

    Argentina v Colombia (00:30 BST)

    Hello! Welcome to a bit of Friday night/Saturday morning Copa America action.

    Chile and Peru have already booked their places in the semi-finals and now we will find out the first team to progress to the last four in the other side of the draw.

    Argentina may have finished top of their group to progress to the knockout stage but they have yet to truly impress at the tournament. Up against a Colombia side hampered by suspensions and injuries, surely they'll turn on the style tonight?

  79. Bring on the goals


    Boasting the attacking talent of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain, surely the goals must be flowing for Argentina at the Copa America, right?


    Three games played, just four goals scored. In 30 minutes, they take on a Colombia side in the Copa America quarter-finals that has scored just once at the tournament.

    If either of these two sides are going to be genuine title contenders, the goal-scoring tap needs to be turned on sooner rather than later.

    But just in case go and pop the kettle on and brew up a strong coffee, you might just need it...