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Don’t cry for Argentina: Host loses to Uruguay in shootout

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Uruguayan players celebrate after they beat Argentina in a penalty shootout in the Copa America quarterfinals in Santa Fe, Argentina, Saturday. [REUTERS/YONHAP]


BUENOS AIRES - The Copa America is over for host Argentina, and its drought in major championships will now extend past 20 years.

Argentina’s Copa quest ended in a dramatic penalty-shootout loss to neighbor Uruguay in the quarterfinals on Saturday, disappointing the fans watching the match in Santa Fe and millions more countrywide hoping to witness the national team win its first major title since 1993.

The game ended 1-1 after extra time and Uruguay won 5-4 on penalties after Carlos Tevez had his shot saved.

“Things didn’t go the way we wanted and we will have to make some corrections in the future,’’ said Sergio Batista, Argentina’s coach.

Uruguay joined Peru as the first two teams in the final four of the South American competition.

Peru needed two extra-time goals to get past Colombia 2-0 in Cordoba. The Colombians, title-favorites after winning Group A ahead of Argentina, missed a 65th-minute penalty taken by Radamel Falcao and twice were denied by the woodwork in the final minutes.

“We’ve accomplished our goal, which was to at least do as well as we did in the last Copa America,’’ Uruguayan coach Oscar Tabarez said, referring to the team’s semifinal appearance in 2007. “Now we will have another opportunity against Peru.’’

Uruguay had a surprise appearance in last year’s World Cup semifinals, too, when it lost to the Netherlands.

The tournament meant a lot more for Argentina, though, which hasn’t won a major title with its senior team since capturing the 1993 Copa America. In addition to having the support of the local fans, the team also has arguably the best in the world, Lionel Messi.

“National failure,’’ read a headline on the Ole sports daily’s Web site after the match. “Goodbye to the dream of winning the Copa at home. Not even Messi was able to save us .?.?. What happens now to the Batista project?’’

Batista responded defiantly to the immediate questioning of his tenure.

“My work began five, six months ago,’’ Batista said. “We have to continue with the project. It’s important to focus on the [2014] World Cup. I’m not happy, nobody likes to be eliminated, but I’m satisfied with the players.’’

The Argentines won only one of their four matches, beating Costa Rica’s under-23 squad. It drew with Bolivia 1-1 and Colombia 0-0 in its other group matches.

Argentina recovered after allowing an early goal at the packed Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez, Saturday, but couldn’t capitalize on its chances in a match filled with opportunities for both sides. Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera made several key saves throughout the match.

“It has been a tremendous Copa for Fernando, he deserves it,’’ said Uruguayan midfielder Alvaro Pereira. “Hopefully it will continue like this until the end.’’

Diego Perez gave Uruguay a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, but Gonzalo Higuain equalized for the host in the 18th. Both teams finished the tense match a man down. Perez was red-carded in the 39th and Argentina’s Javier Mascherano in the 87th.

In Cordoba, Colombia dominated most of the match against Peru but couldn’t take advantage of its scoring opportunities. FC Porto striker Falcao had the greatest chance with the penalty, but sent a low kick wide of the goal on the left.

“It came down to scoring. We couldn’t capitalize,’’ Colombian coach Hernan Dario Gomez said.

Peru came through in extra time when midfielder Carlos Lobaton and forward Juan Manuel Vargas scored in the 101st and 111th, respectively.

“It was a difficult match,’’ Vargas said. “I was happy with our team’s attitude, we never let our guard down. Now it’s time to focus on an even more important match [in the semifinals].’’

Peru is through to the Copa America semifinals for the first time since 1997, when it finished fourth. It won the second of its two titles in 1975.


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우루과이 4강행, `테베스 승부차기 실패` 아르헨 탈락

우루과이가 골키퍼 페르난도 무스렐라의 눈부신 선방으로 코파 아메리카 준결승전에 진출했다.

우루과이는 17일(이하 한국시간) 오전 아르헨티나 산타페서 열린 아르헨티나와 `2011 코파 아메리카` 8강전에서 연장전까지 1-1로 승부를 내지 못하고 승부차기까지 간 끝에 5-4 승리를 거두며 준결승전에 진출했다. 우루과이는 승리의 기쁨에 즐거워했지만 아르헨티나는 안방에서 당한 패배에 충격에 쌓였다.

승부차기에 돌입한 아르헨티나와 우루과이는 첫 번째 키커로 나선 리오넬 메시와 디에고 포를란이 모두 골을 성공시켰다. 두 번째 키커로 나선 부르디소와 수아레스마저 강력한 슈팅으로 상대 골키퍼들이 손을 쓰지 못하게 했다.

그러나 아르헨티나의 세 번째 키커로 나선 테베스가 골키퍼 무스렐라의 선방에 막혀 실패하고 말았다. 아르헨티나는 나머지 키커가 모두 골을 성공시켰지만 우루과이의 골을 막아내지 못하며 결국 패배하고 말았다.

양 팀은 경기 초반부터 골을 터트리며 화끈한 공격 축구를 선보이는 듯했다. 선제골은 우루과이의 몫이었다. 전반 6분 루이스 수아레스가 떨어트려준 공을 문전에 있던 디에고 페레스가 그대로 골대 안으로 밀어 넣은 것.

생각지도 못한 선제골을 내줬지만 아르헨티나는 당황하지 않았다. 아르헨티나는 전반 12분 동점골을 성공시키며 홈팀 다운 면모를 보였다. 오른쪽 측면을 드리블 돌파한 리오넬 메시의 크로스를 문전으로 쇄도하던 곤살로 이과인이 헤딩으로 연결, 우루과이의 골망을 갈랐다.

한 골씩을 주고 받은 양 팀의 경기는 과열 양상을 보였다. 선제골을 기록했던 페레스는 전반 38분 경고 누적 퇴장을 당했다. 우루과이에게는 위기였다. 그러나 아르헨티나는 수적 우세의 이점을 살리지 못했고, 후반 41분 하비에르 마스체라노도 경고 누적 퇴장을 당했다.

연장 들어서도 접전은 계속됐다. 골이 나올 것 같으면서 골이 나오지 않았다. 특히 아르헨티나의 공격이 더 강했다. 아르헨티나는 연장 전반 14분 이과인이 강력한 슈팅으로 골포스트를 강타하는 등 거세게 공격을 퍼부었지만, 우루과이 골키퍼 네스토르 무스렐라의 눈부신 선방에 모두 무산되고 말았다.

결국 연장전까지 승부를 내지 못한 양 팀은 승부차기까지 갈 수밖에 없었다. 아르헨티나와 우루과이의 첫 키커로 나선 메시와 포를란은 모두 골을 성공시키며 순조롭게 출발했다. 그러나 세 번째 키커로 나선 테베스의 킥이 무스렐라의 선방에 막히며 아르헨티나가 패배하고 말았다.

한편 페루는 코르도바서 열린 콜롬비아와 8강전에서 연장 접전 끝에 2-0으로 승리, 준결승전에 진출했다.

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