David Ospina goalkeeping heroics send Colombia to semis

David Ospina goalkeeping heroics have sent Peru packing and Colombia into the last four of the Copa America for the first time in 12 years.

David Ospina goalkeeping heroics send  Colombia to semis

Colombia march on in the United States thanks to their gloveman, who was decisive after a tense and tetchy quarter-final finished goalless.

Ospina warmed up for the shootout with the match’s best save in injury-time, then won the contest by denying Peru’s Miguel Trauco from the spot.

The Arsenal keeper dived to his left but stuck out his right boot mid-flight to stop Trauco’s penalty.

The shootout finished 4-2 after Christian Cueva skied his penalty to hand Colombia victory in front of 79,194 fans.

After setting out to attack the contest, Colombia will feel they deserve progression.

Real Madrid star James Rodriguez came closest to a goal when he picked up Edwin Cardona’s backheel only to strike the inside of the post.

But the world No.48 side frustrated their neighbours, ranked 45 places higher, and could have snatched the contest themselves.

Ospina’s sparkling reaction save from Christian Ramos in second-half stoppage time ensured Colombia would continue on to a semi-final in Chicago next Wednesday (Thursday AEST) against Chile or Mexico.

On Saturday (Sunday AEST), two quarter-finals will complete the last four in the centenary edition of the Copa America.

Colombia’s opponents will be decided in Santa Clara. Leo Messi is expected to start his first game of the tournament when Argentina play Venezuela in Foxborough.

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