Copa America 2021: Ospina stands tall in the penalties as Colombia beat Uruguay to reach semi-finals

Colombia beat Uruguay 4-2 in the penalties to reach semi-finals of Copa America 2021, as captain David Ospina made two saves during the shootout.

Yerri Mina of Colombia against Uruguay
Yerri Mina of Colombia against Uruguay

Colombia have stunned Uruguay in the quarter-finals of Copa America.

Colombia have beaten Uruguay in the penalty shoot out to progress to the semi-finals of Copa America.

Uruguay were expected to build on their back to back wins they picked up in the group stage. Meanwhile, Colombia’s fluctuating form coupled with Juan Cuadrado’s absence remained a concern ahead of the quarter-finals.

Both teams played a goalless first-half. However, things changed after the break.

Colombia had their fair share of chances in the second half, with Duvan Zapata providing a constant threat to Uruguayan’s defence. Oscar Tabarez’s side also showed their intention, forcing goalkeeper David Ospina into action often.

However, the scoreline remained 0-0 even at the end of extra time, and then the game proceeded to the penalties.

Colombian’s were clinical from the spot while Uruguayans were denied two penalties by outstanding David Ospina, thus leading his side to a 4-2 win in the shoot.

The Napoli shot-stopper, who is Colombia’s record cap holder (112 caps), made two stunning saves against Jose Gimenez and Matias Vina.

Uruguay would be highly disappointed with their displays in this year’s Copa America. They never gave the impression of a dominant side despite possessing a bunch of young talent alongside veterans like Diego Godin, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

Suarez and Cavani were coming off impressive seasons at Atletico Madrid and Manchester United, respectively, but they failed to create a similar impact with the national side.

Elsewhere, the Colombians would be mighty pleased with their efforts, and now they will face Argentina in the semi-finals.