Extra-time surprise takes Peru through
Carlos Lobaton and Juan Vargas were the heroes as Peru upset the odds to defeat Colombia in the Copa America quarter-finals in Cordoba.

Lobaton and Vargas both scored in extra time after Colombia had failed to make their superiority pay in normal time as star striker Falcao missed a penalty and fellow forward Dayro Moreno, who had won the spot kick, saw a rasping drive rebound off the frame of the Peru goal.

Colombia had topped their group to reach the quarter-finals while Peru had finished only third in theirs but the latter made the most of their chances in a cagey match which did not get going until the second half.

Colombia's Pablo Almero saw a shot blocked and Vargas fired wide in the best of the early chances.

Vargas then saw his shot saved by Luis Martinez before Moreno had two shots blocked at the other end.

Martinez turned a shot from William Chiroque round the post before Moreno shot wide for Colombia.

On the hour Moreno won a penalty which saw Alberto Rodriguez booked for pulling him back but Falcao put the spot kick wide.

Moreno then saw his rising drive hit the angle of post and bar before Martinez kept out an effort from Adan Balbin.

Fredy Guarin was denied in stoppage time as Raul Fernandez tipped his shot onto the bar.

Peru broke the deadlock 101st minute when Martinez collided with his defender Mario Yepes and failed to claim a high free-kick, Lobaton firing the loose ball high into the goal from the edge of the area.

Peru sealed their semi-final spot in the 111th minute when Vargas scored after Jose Guerrero had claimed a poor clearance from Martinez.
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