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Argentina beat Clombia , reach Copa semifinal

Tournament favourites Argentina reached the semi-finals of soccer's Copa America on Friday, defeating Colombia 5-4 in a penalty shootout after a fiercely contested match finished scoreless at fulltime.
Former Juventus striker Carlos Tevez was Argentina's hero, converting the decisive sudden-death spot kick after Colombia's Murillo had blazed over the bar.
It had been a dramatic shootout with Lucas Biglia and Marcos Rojo missing kicks for Argentina that would have sealed victory.
Argentina's win puts them into a semi-final against Brazil or Paraguay.
Defeat was cruel on Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, who kept his side in the contest with a series of superb saves.
Argentina had dominated a one-sided first half which threatened to spiral out of control with both sides committing numerous niggly fouls that went unpunished by Mexican referee Roberto Garcia.
Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore was the first to threaten, touching on a low cross from Angel Di Maria that was cleared by the Colombian cover after only seven minutes.
Three minutes later, captain Lionel Messi swept forward from halfway and released Di Maria in space only for the Manchester United striker to shoot tamely at Ospina.
Colombian star James Rodriguez became the first of six players to receive a caution in the opening 45 minutes when booked for dissent.
By halftime, three more Colombians - Santiago Arias, Alexander Mejia and Juan Cuadrado - had yellow cards.
For Argentina, Javier Mascherano and Sergio Aguero were booked.
The highlight of the half was an incredible double save by Ospina in the 26th minute.
Ospina, whose future at Arsenal is uncertain following the signing of Petr Cech, reminded manager Arsene Wenger of his ability to thwart Aguero and Messi in quick succession.
A low cross from the right from Pastore picked out Aguero whose shot was saved by Ospina's legs.
Messi seemed certain to score from the rebound as the ball looped into his path but Ospina somehow recovered in time to parry the skipper's header over the bar.
Ospina was pressed into action again shortly before halftime, blocking what would have been a spectacular own-goal from Cristian Zapata after the defender inadvertently volleyed Di Maria's cross.
Five minutes later, tempers flared when Cuadrado was lucky to stay on after a rash challenge on Rojo which somehow failed to warrant a second yellow card.
Argentina's bench were furious, assistant manager Jorge Pautasso sent to the stands after angrily remonstrating with the fourth official.
Ospina saved Colombia again with another remarkable diving save to tip Nicolas Otamendi's shot onto the post in the 80th minute.
But Ospina was unable to reproduce his heroics in the shootout as Messi, Ezequiel Garay, Ever Banega, Ezequiel Lavezzi all drilled in their first four penalties.
Luis Muriel's miss for Colombia gave Biglia the chance to clinch it but the Lazio defender shot wide.
The next three penalties were all missed, leaving Tevez, who signed for Boca Juniors this week, to slam home the winner.

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