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VINA DEL MAR, Chile – Argentina defeated Colombia 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie Friday night and will play Brazil or Paraguay next week in the Copa America semifinals.
Following a scoreless regulation that Argentina dominated, the game went straight to a shootout and Carlos Tevez converted the winning kick after his team squandered a pair of earlier chances to end the match. Lucas Biglia shot wide in the shootout and Marcos Rojo hit the crossbar.
Argentina is trying to win its first major title since the 1993 Copa America. In Monday's semifinal, host Chile meets Peru.
Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina had two of the tournament's best saves in the 26th minute. He sprawled and used his feet to stop Sergio Aguero on a point-blank shot. The ball bounced to Lionel Messi, who turned 28 on Wednesday, and the four-time world player of the year headed the ball toward an open net. Ospina then scrambled to his right to bat the shot away.
Ever Banega hit the crossbar in the 78th, and two minutes later Ospina batted Nicolas Otamendi's shot off a post before a Colombian player cleared the ball off the line.
Tevez raced into the area in the 88th and collided with Ospina. The ball was rolling toward an open goal before Jeison Murillo cleared it off the line.