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Peru shock Colombia to reach semis

sports Updated: Jul 17, 2011 23:36 IST

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Peru shocked favoured Colombia on Saturday to reach the semi-finals of the Copa America with a 2-0 win in extra-time and will face Uruguay for a place in the final.

Colombia, with highly-rated striker Radamel Falcao in their ranks, were expected to reach the semis against a side which just sneaked into the knockouts.

But Falcao was left kicking himself after the Porto forward missed a penalty in normal time for the 2001 champions.

Peru have not won the event since 1975, while they last appeared in the semis in 1997, but they battled hard to take the game into the extra half-hour.

Carlos Lobaton smashed home the opener 11 minutes into extra-time and six minutes into the second extra period Juan Vargas drove in a left-foot shot to clinch a famous win.