Colombia stop Peru 4-2 in shoot-out

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June 18, 2016
Peru's Oscar Vilchez (16) and Christian Ramos (second from left) talk with the referee as Colombia's Carlos Sanchez (6) listens in during the second half of a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal match last night. Colombia won 4-2 on penalties.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP):

David Ospina made an outstanding flying kick save in a shoot-out, Christian Cueva sent Peru's final attempt over the crossbar and Colombia reached the Copa America semi-finals for the first time since 2004 with a 4-2 victory on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie last night.

James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado and Dayro Moreno converted the first three penalty kicks for Colombia, beating goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, and Raul Ruidiaz, Renato Tapia made the first two for Peru.

Hoping to stay even after three rounds, Miguel Trauco sent a kick down the middle as Ospina dived to his left. The Arsenal goalkeeper, parallel to the ground, raised his trailing right leg to kick the ball away.

Sabastian Perez converted Colombia's fourth kick, and Cueva had a nervous look on his face as he walked up to the penalty spot and exhaled deeply.

Cueva skied his kick over the crossbar. Colombian players ran out to celebrate with Ospina, who pumped both arms several times. Cueva contorted his face in pain and covered it with both hands. Ospina walked over the Cueva to console the 24-year-old midfielder.

Colombia will play the winners of Tonight's quarter final between Mexico and defending champions Chile.

Before a sell-out crowd of 79,194 at MetLife Stadium, Ospina also made an outstanding save in the second minute of second-half stoppage time. Cueva took just the second corner kick for Peru of the night and Ospina leapt to tip Christian Ramos' header over the crossbar.

Ranked 48th, Peru had advanced from the group stage with a controversial goal on a hand ball that knocked out Brazil.

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