Two penalty shootout saves by goalkeeper David Ospina put Colombia within the semifinals of Copa America on Saturday after a 0-0 draw with Uruguay in common time and stored alive its hopes of a primary Copa title since 2001.
The 4-2 shootout win on the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia additionally broke Colombia’s dangerous luck in latest penalty shootouts and positioned 32-year-old Ospina because the staff’s participant with most worldwide caps, with 112, overtaking retired captain Carlos Valderrama.
Ospina made saves from Uruguay’s Jose Maria Gimenez and Matias Vina which arrange a semifinal match-up in opposition to Argentina, which beat Ecuador 3-0 in Saturday’s late match.
Duvan Zapata, Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina and Miguel Borja all scored within the shootout, with veteran strikers Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez changing their spot kicks.
Saturday’s victory ended a protracted trauma for in penalty shootouts for Colombia after painful exits within the 2015 and 2019 Copa America editions in opposition to Argentina and Chile, respectively.
Colombia was additionally knocked out on penalties within the round-of-sixteen conflict in opposition to England within the 2018 World Cup.
“We need to give pleasure to our nation, could it have peace,” Ospina mentioned after the match.
Uruguay’s Cavani mentioned his staff had improved regardless of the elimination.
“We’ve got a very good feeling right here, nevertheless it was for us to exit,” he mentioned. “That is how penalties work, it will possibly go properly, it will possibly go badly. Uruguay had a number of moments of excellent soccer by which we dominated. However within the shootout issues can occur like they did.”
Colombia put extra strain on Uruguay from the beginning regardless of the absences of suspended winger Juan Guillermo Cuadrado and injured midfielder Matheus Uribe.
Uruguay’s Muslera made the save of the match within the 71st minute in a header by Zapata. Veteran strikers Suarez and Cavani didn’t get any clear alternatives as Uruguay’s gradual build-up play via midfield appeared to go well with Colombia’s defence.
Colombia has reached the semifinal with just one win in 5 matches; a 1-0 victory in opposition to Ecuador within the first spherical of the group stage. The draw with Uruguay was the staff’s second within the event. It has additionally misplaced two video games.
Colombia was one of many unique hosts of Copa America with Argentina however left the group amid road protests in opposition to President Ivan Duque.
Defending champions Brazil and Peru will play for the opposite place on the July 10 ultimate on the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.