David Ospina celebrated on Saturday becoming Colombia’s most capped player by saving two penalties in a shootout to give his country victory over Uruguay and a place in the Copa America semi-finals.
Colombia converted their front four to progress 4-2 on penalties after a tense encounter in Brasilia that ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.
Uruguay started this tournament amid a goal drought and although they scored twice against Bolivia and once against Paraguay in their two games last week, they still looked uncomfortable at the front, with a service at Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani sparse and no firing pin firing on all cylinders.
Colombia also seemed to have missed the suspended midfielder Juan Cuadrado and neither team showed much composure in a game characterized by errant passes and painfully slow transitions from the back.
Both teams were only able to field one shot on target between them in the first half, but things changed after the break as both teams began to lose their inhibitions and come forward.
However, neither could find the breakthrough and after finishing a draw, the match went straight to a penalty shootout.
Colombia, who won the title just once in 2001, will face the winner of Saturday’s quarter-final between Argentina and Ecuador.
Host Brazil will face Peru in the other semi-final.
The final is scheduled for Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 10.