Copa America 2016’s second quarterfinal is between two teams who have a long history, Peru v Colombia. Peru comes from an impressive victory against Brazil. Meanwhile, Colombia is yet to experience a defeat in their Copa America run.
This is also Colombia’s third consecutive appearance at the Copa America quarterfinals. However, they haven’t qualified for the tournament’s semifinals since 2004.
Will Peru beat Colombia again or will Colombia end their semifinals drought instead? Here are the Peru v Colombia quarterfinal highlights!
James’ Premature Celebration
It would have been a ticket to the semifinals for Colombia. However, James’ great run and strike for the goal ended being for the pole. He really thought he had one for the team but unfortunately, the ball stayed out of the goal.
Peru v Colombia 0-0
The match reached halftime with no goals made. If the teams remain scoreless until the end, the match will be decided via penalty kicks. Copa America differs from other international soccer leagues in that instead of giving the usual 2 additional 15-minute period for the quarter and semifinals round. Said rule will only be in effect for the finals match.
Yellow Cards Are Raised
Despite missing some yellow card situation in the first half with players launching into each other for defense, the referee dismisses those incident. In the second half, he finally pulls out yellow cards in quick succession.
Renato Tapia gets a booking at the 64 minute for using brawn against James. Two minutes after, Guerrero puts Zapata on the line and the Colombian falls for it, getting a yellow card for himself.
Performing a well-timed tackle to prevent Peru’s Benavente from making a run of it towards the goal, Diaz halts Peru’s quest for a goal. However, bruised and battered Diaz signals substitution as he’s down for the nth time in the match.
Penalty Kicks Results
Colombia’s James Rodriguez strikes first and he sends the ball straight to the goal this time. Dayro Moreno and Juan Cuadrado also sends successful goals.
For Peru, Raul Ruidiaz and Renato Tapia makes it count for their team but Miguel Trauco lets them down.
Christian Cueva follows Trauco in missing the goal and Colombia wins with 4 goals in through the penalty kicks.
That’s it for the Peru v Colombia match. Colombia now moves on to their first semi-final appearance since 2004!
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