The contingent of Mexico-based players in the 2015 Copa América has dwindled significantly from the group stage, but there are still 11 Liga MX players representing four countries in the quarterfinals, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming matches here.
Argentina and Colombia – Quarterfinals
Argentina topped Colombia in a dramatic penalty shootout after the two teams played to a scoreless draw in regulation. Tigres UANL goalkeeper Nahuel Guzmán was once again an unused substitute for Argentina, while Alexander Mejía and Edwin Cardona, both of Monterrey, got on the field for Colombia. Mejía started and went the distance – and picked up a yellow card in the 21st minute – while Cardona came on as an early sub, replacing Teófilo Gutiérrez in just the 24th minute.
Colombia has been misfiring in front of goal all tournament, which made José Pekerman’s decision to bench Radamel Falcao particularly interesting. Despite four changes to the starting lineup for Los Cafeteros, the Colombians still couldn’t find the back of the net. Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero was untested in the first half and had to make just one save all night.
On the other end of the field, David Ospina was kept busy in Colombia’s goal, stopping Javier Pastore and Ángel Di María, pulling out a double save against Sergio Agüero and then Messi, as well as tipping a Nicolás Otamendi attempt on to the post. Argentina twice hit the woodwork, but despite their pressure, the goal wouldn’t come, and the game went to penalty kicks.
Colombia went first, with James Rodríguez scoring his attempt. Lionel Messi matched him for Argentina, and Falcao, Ezequiel Garay, Juan Cuadrado and Ever Banega all made theirs to tie the two teams at 3-3.
Then came the first of the misses. Luis Muriel skied his spot kick over the bar for Colombia before Ezequiel Lavezzi converted for Argentina, putting them ahead 4-3. Edwin Cardona converted Colombia’s fifth to keep them alive, while Lucas Biglia missed his to tie the count up at 4-4 after five rounds and send the shootout to sudden death.
The teams then traded misses, with Romero saving Juan Zúñiga’s attempt and Marcos Rojo hitting the crossbar, before Jeison Murillo missed Colombia’s seventh kick to open the door for Argentina. Carlos Tévez took the seventh for La Albiceleste, and he calmly slotted the winning kick past Ospina to send Argentina into the semifinals.
Next game – Argentina: Semifinal vs Paraguay – Tuesday, June 30th – 7:30 PM BeIn Sports / BeIn Español
Next game – Colombia: N/A