David Ospina’s Copa America dreams were left in tatters as Colombia lost to Argentina on penalties on Friday night.
The Arsenal keeper produced a string of fine saves to deny Javier Pastore, Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi and Nicholas Otamendi, but couldn’t replicate his heroics in the shootout.
Jeison Murillo’s missed effort, Colombia’s fifth kick, afforded Carlos Tevez the chance to score the winning spot-kick. The striker, who has just swapped Juventus for Boca Juniors, duly despatched his effort into the top corner.
Argentina will now play Paraguay in the semi-finals after the latter knocked out Brazil in a similarly dramatic shootout. In the other semi-final Alexis Sanchez’s Chile will play Peru.
Ospina, who only conceded only one goal during normal time in the five games he played in Chile, will now head off on holiday before deciding on his Arsenal future. The stopper has been heavily linked with Fenerbahce in the last ten days in light of Petr Cech’s imminent Emirates arrival.