Colombia beat Peru in a penalty kick shootout and books a place in the semifinals

(June 17th, 2016) José Pekerman’s team outlasted Ricardo Gareca’s in the penalty kick shootouts and advanced to the Copa America Centenario semifinals. Now, they will face the winner of the Chile versus Mexico match.

Colombia-Peru Copa America Centenario

The MetLife Stadium hosted the second quarterfinal match between Colombia’s squad, Group A USA’s runners-up, and Peru, which snatched Group B’s top spot, after having eliminated Brazil.

During the ninety minutes, the game was tied, with goal attempts on both sides but without clear chances that could have worried goalkeepers David Ospina and Pedro Gallese.

The Colombian goalkeeper made a crucial stoppage-time save from Christian Ramos’ header, keeping Peru scoreless and taking the game straight to penalties.

The game moved on to a penalty shootout, in which the team led by Pekerman did not miss one attempt (James Rodríguez, Juan Cuadrado, Dayro Moreno and Sebastián Pérez scored),while Gareca’s squad missed two: first Ospina saved Miguel Trauco’s attempt and then Christian Cueva blasted his kick over the bar, sending Colombia into the semifinals.

This Saturday, the clashes between Argentina and Venezuela, at Gillette Stadium, and Mexico versus Chile, at Levi's Stadium, will close out the quarterfinal knockout stage.

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