Colombia advances to Copa America semi-finals by defeating Uruguay
Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina celebrated his top spot in caps with two saves in penalty shootouts to secure a victory over Uruguay and a place in the Copa America semi-finals. Ospina participated in his 112th international match during Saturday’s match in Brasilia and played the championship role after saving two attempts from Jose Maria Jimenez and Matias Peña. Colombia scored their first four kicks after a tense confrontation in Brasilia that ended in a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes. Uruguay started the tournament without scoring, and although they scored two goals against Bolivia and another against Paraguay in their two matches last week, they did not play comfortably in attack, and Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani did not get much support. Colombia also appeared to be missing suspended midfielder Juan Cuadrado and neither side showed much calm in a match full of faulty passes and sluggish play. However, neither of them managed to score, and after the regular time ended without goals, the match went directly to penalty kicks. Colombia, who won the title once in 2001, meet the winner of the other quarter-final match on Saturday between Argentina and Ecuador. Hosts Brazil will play Peru in the other semi-final match. The final will be held at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 10.