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Copa America 2016: Colombia down Peru to reach semis

East Rutherford (US): Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina put up a brilliant show as Colombia slayed their penalty shoot out jinx to defeat Peru and advance to the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario on Saturday.

Colombia's goalkeeper David Ospina (R) celebrates with teammates after defeating Peru during the Copa America Centenario quarterfinal football match in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States. Pic/AFP
Colombia's goalkeeper David Ospina (R) celebrates with teammates after defeating Peru during the Copa America Centenario quarterfinal football match in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States. Pic/AFP

Ospina pulled off a superb save deep into injury time to deny Peru a goal before saving a spot-kick from Peru’s Miguel Trauco in the shoot-out to clinch a thrilling win for Colombia.

The quarter-final was settled in penalties after the two sides finished 90 minutes deadlocked at 0-0.

After Colombia drilled their first three penalties, Trauco saw his effort blocked by Ospina.

Sebastian Perez then scored Colombia’s fourth penalty to put his 4-2 up and when Peru’s Christian Cueva missed his spot-kick to hand Colombia the win.

They will now play either Mexico or Chile in the semi-finals in Chicago on Wednesday.

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