Uruguay advanced to the semi-finals of the Copa America with a penalty shootout victory over hosts Argentina,with Carlos Tevez having his spotkick saved by goalkeeper Fernando Muslera in the decider. The game ended 1-1 after regulation time with no addition in extra time. The shootout tally was 5-4 to Uruguay.
Diego Perez gave Uruguay a surprise 1-0 lead in the 6th minute,but Gonzalo Higuain equalised in the 18th. Argentina had a man advantage from the 39th when Perez received his second yellow. But Muslera and Uruguays rugged defence stopped Argentina,who had a dozen chances in regulation and extra time.
The teams returned to even strength when Argentina captain Javier Mascherano was sent off in the 87th. Uruguay will face Peru in the semi-finals on Tuesday. On Sunday,Brazil face Paraguay and Chile play Venezuela in the remaining quarter-finals.
Argentina were aiming to win their first major trophy in 18 years and hoping to do it at home with Lionel Messi,the worlds best player. Messi showed flashes of brilliance but was unable to deliver. Argentina and Uruguay have each won the event 14 times and Brazil has won eight,including four of the past five.