Argentina pay penalty
Uruguay shocked hosts Argentina 5-4 on penalties to win their Copa America quarter-final after they were locked at 1-1 after extra time.sports Updated: Jul 18, 2011 01:10 IST
Uruguay shocked hosts Argentina 5-4 on penalties to win their Copa America quarter-final after they were locked at 1-1 after extra time.
Carlos Tevez, on as a late substitute, on Saturday missed the crucial spotkick at the Santa Fe Stadium, called the Elephants Graveyard, as the hosts crashed out to extend a trophy drought going back to 1993.Uruguay had taken an early lead through Diego Perez before the midfielder was sent off in the 38th minute. Argentina equalised through Gonzalo Higuain and saw Javier Mascherano red carded shortly before the end of the 90 minutes. The match produced no more goals in extra time and finished 1-1.
Uruguay will now meet Peru in the semi-finals after they beat Colombia 2-0 in Saturday's other quarter-final.
“Today we had to fight more than play ... These are two teams that came here to be champions, but this was only a quarter-final and there's still along way to go,” Uruguay's captain Diego Lugano told reporters.
Uruguay shocked the home side by taking the lead in the sixth minute from a set-piece.
A free kick by Diego Forlan, winning a record 80th Uruguay cap, was headed back across goal by defender Martin Caceres and Perez slid in to score. The lead did not last long as Argentina equalised 11 minutes later when Lionel Messi sent in a curling cross towards the far post where Higuain ghosted in behind the defence to score with a downward header.
Uruguay were reduced to 10 men when Perez, who had been booked for going in on Mascherano with his studs showing, was shown another yellow card for obstruction.
Despite being a man down, Uruguay looked just as dangerous as Argentina with Forlan's free kicks always a menace, although the hosts did more of the attacking with Messi delivering plenty of trademark passes into space for the forwards.Argentina created a brilliant chance in the 79th minute when Messi chipped over the defence to Higuain, who swivelled on the spot and his rising shot was turned over for a corner by Muslera.
At the other end, Luis Suarez put Forlan through into the box but keeper Sergio Romero was quick to block.
In added time, Suarez turned a defender twice on the right but his cross was just too high and Forlan headed over.