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Peru shock Colombia to reach last four

Juan Vargas celebrates scoring the decisive second goal in Peru's 2-0 Copa America quarterfinal win over Colombia.
Juan Vargas celebrates scoring the decisive second goal in Peru's 2-0 Copa America quarterfinal win over Colombia.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Peru shock Colombia 2-0 top reach the semifinals of the Copa America
  • Two goals in extra time sink Colombia for whom Radamel Falcao missed a penalty
  • Peru will now face either hosts Argentina or Uruguay for a place in the final
RELATED TOPICS
  • Copa America
  • Football
  • Peru
  • Colombia

(CNN) -- Peru will face either Argentina or Uruguay in the Copa America semifinals after claiming a shock 2-0 last eight victory over Colombia on Saturday.

After a goalless 90 minutes, Peru scored the opening goal 11 minuites into extra time when Carlos Lobaton reacted first to fire the ball home after goalkeeper Luis Martinez fumbled an attempted punched clearance.

And they sealed their victory six minutes into the second period when Paolo Guerrero set Juan Vargas free on the counter-attack -- and the Fiorentina star drilled home the decisive second goal.

Colombia went into the match as firm favorites to progess after winning their group ahead of Argentina, while Peru scraped through as a best third-placed finisher from the group section.

However, they missed a host of chances to win the match in extra time, notably when highly-rated Porto striker Radamel Falcao fired a penalty wide.

Dayro Moreno hit the post and Fredy Guarin the crossbar as Colombia did everything but score during regulation time.

And they were made to pay for those misses as Peru netted twice in extra time to reach the semifinals for the first time since 1997.