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Argentina down Colombia

By The Assam Tribune

VINA DEL MAR (CHILE), June 27 (AFP): Carlos Tevez fired Argentina into the semi-finals of the Copa America, scoring the decisive spot-kick as the tournament favourites defeated Colombia 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out.

Tevez, who missed the crucial penalty when Argentina went out in a shoot-out at the 2011 tournament, rammed homed the winning spot-kick after Colombia�s Jeison Murillo had blazed over the bar.

The 31-year-old, who came on as a second half substitute, provided the dramatic final twist to a shoot-out which saw Lucas Biglia and Marcos Rojo both miss kicks for Argentina that would have sealed victory after regulation time finished locked at 0-0.

Argentina�s win puts them into a semi-final against the winner of Saturday�s quarter-final between Brazil and Paraguay.

Tevez admitted his contribution to victory � four years after his nightmare miss sealed Argentina�s elimination from the 2011 tournament on home soil � was sweet.

�In soccer there�s always a second chance,� said Tevez, who earlier Friday sealed his move back boyhood club Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires.

�But tonight is not about me, it�s about my team-mates. My team-mates won this match and I�m very proud of them, and I�m proud to be part of this squad.�

Tevez, who spent three long years frozen out of Argentina�s national team before returning after the 2014 World Cup, said he was happy with his non-starting role in the Albiceleste.

�I enjoy playing, the team is playing well and I just have to wait for my chance,� Tevez said.

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino admitted that he had deliberately omitted Tevez from his list of five designated penalty takers for the shoot-out in order to ease pressure on the former Manchester City striker.

�I didn�t put Tevez among the top five because the last time he shot, Argentina went out. We wanted to avoid that,� Martino revealed.

Defeat was cruel on Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, who had single-handedly kept his side in the contest with a series of superb saves during 90 minutes to frustrate the tournament favourites.

Argentina had earlier dominated a one-sided first half which at times threatened to spiral out of control with both sides committing a series of niggly fouls that went unpunished by Mexican referee Roberto Garcia.

Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore was the first to threaten, touching on a low cross from Angel Di Maria that was cleared at the near post by the Colombian cover after only seven minutes.

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Argentina down Colombia

VINA DEL MAR (CHILE), June 27 (AFP): Carlos Tevez fired Argentina into the semi-finals of the Copa America, scoring the decisive spot-kick as the tournament favourites defeated Colombia 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out.

Tevez, who missed the crucial penalty when Argentina went out in a shoot-out at the 2011 tournament, rammed homed the winning spot-kick after Colombia�s Jeison Murillo had blazed over the bar.

The 31-year-old, who came on as a second half substitute, provided the dramatic final twist to a shoot-out which saw Lucas Biglia and Marcos Rojo both miss kicks for Argentina that would have sealed victory after regulation time finished locked at 0-0.

Argentina�s win puts them into a semi-final against the winner of Saturday�s quarter-final between Brazil and Paraguay.

Tevez admitted his contribution to victory � four years after his nightmare miss sealed Argentina�s elimination from the 2011 tournament on home soil � was sweet.

�In soccer there�s always a second chance,� said Tevez, who earlier Friday sealed his move back boyhood club Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires.

�But tonight is not about me, it�s about my team-mates. My team-mates won this match and I�m very proud of them, and I�m proud to be part of this squad.�

Tevez, who spent three long years frozen out of Argentina�s national team before returning after the 2014 World Cup, said he was happy with his non-starting role in the Albiceleste.

�I enjoy playing, the team is playing well and I just have to wait for my chance,� Tevez said.

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino admitted that he had deliberately omitted Tevez from his list of five designated penalty takers for the shoot-out in order to ease pressure on the former Manchester City striker.

�I didn�t put Tevez among the top five because the last time he shot, Argentina went out. We wanted to avoid that,� Martino revealed.

Defeat was cruel on Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, who had single-handedly kept his side in the contest with a series of superb saves during 90 minutes to frustrate the tournament favourites.

Argentina had earlier dominated a one-sided first half which at times threatened to spiral out of control with both sides committing a series of niggly fouls that went unpunished by Mexican referee Roberto Garcia.

Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore was the first to threaten, touching on a low cross from Angel Di Maria that was cleared at the near post by the Colombian cover after only seven minutes.