Colombia eliminate Peru in penalties to advance to Copa semis

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After a scoreless 90 minutes, Colombia defeated Peru 4-2 on penalties to advance to their first Copa America semifinal since 2004.

Colombia will play the winner of Mexico vs. Chile in Chicago.

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It was a chippy first half at MetLife Stadium, although referee Patricio Loustai did not show a single yellow card despite calling more than 20 fouls.

The best chance from either side came in the 22nd minute when James Rodriguez struck a right-footed shot off the post, with Carlos Bacca unable to get the rebound on goal.

The second half was more of the same, with Peru failing to fire a single shot on target until the 92nd minute. Colombia also finished the match with just one shot on frame.

With no extra-time until the finals, the match went straight to penalty kicks.

Each side traded goals as the shoot-out was tied 2-2. Dayro Moreno scored for Colombia before David Ospina made a kick save Miguel Trauco’s shot, giving Los Cafeteros the advantage. Sebastian Perez converted his penalty, meaning Christian Cueva had to score to keep Peru alive. However, Cueva skied his shot over the bar as Colombia advanced to the semifinals.