Ospina the hero as Colombia progress to semi-finals

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Colombia advanced to the semi-finals of Copa America following a penalty shootout against Peru, where goalkeeper David Ospina made an outstanding save at a crucial moment.

Peru were in better form heading into the encounter as they had finished atop Group B with seven points, while Colombia finished second on the Group A standings with USA taking top honours on goal difference.

Neither side had a chance to score until the 22nd minute when Colombia forward James Rodriguez’s shot struck the post. Carlos Bacca had an opportunity to slot in the rebound, but was unable to take advantage of it.

Colombia had numerous opportunities to give themselves the lead, but squandered every single one of them.

Peru, though, had a great chance to win the game in stoppage time, but Christian Guillermo Ramos’ blistering header was brilliantly saved by Ospina.

Following Ospina’s magnificent stop, the full-time whistle blew and the match headed into penalties.

Colombia and Peru scored their first two penalties before Dayro Moreno gave Colombia a 3-2 lead.

Miguel Trauco appeared to have brought Peru level as he sent Ospina the wrong way, but the Arsenal goalkeeper produced a magical save as he used his trailing right leg to deflect the ball away.

Sebastian Perez made it 4-2 to Colombia and they found themselves on their way to the semi-finals when Christian Cueva skied his penalty over the crossbar.

Colombia will either face Mexico or reigning champions Chile in the semi-finals.