Colombian penalties provide the anti-Tekkers at Copa America

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Spot on: Carlos Tevez

It was a tale of two quarter-final penalty shoot-outs, which now leave heavy favourites facing outsiders in both semi-finals of the Copa America.

Argentina, the 14-times Copa champions, went through on penalties against Colombia after their clash ended 0-0 in 90 minutes at the Estadio Sausalito.

Carlos Tevez scored the deciding spot-kick in sudden-death, which was notable for some truly horrible attempts counterbalanced by some of the best pens you will ever see.

In the final last-eight clash, Brazil were held 1-1 by Paraguay (advised in our preview as a Correct Score bet at odds of 6.40), who then repeated their 2011 Copa America penalty shoot-out win over the Selecao.

Manchester City striker Robinho gave Brazil a 15th-minute lead from a Dani Alves cross, before Thiago Silva’s second-half hand-ball allowed Derlis Gonzalez to level from the spot.


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Paraguay, who last won the tournament in 1979, went on to win 4-3 on penalties and now face Argentina in Conception early on Wednesday morning, while hosts Chile face Peru in the other semi-final on Tuesday morning.

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ARGENTINA 1 JAMAICA 0 – All the latest news and highlights from Copa America

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On the mark: Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal of the game as Argentina beat Jamaica and topped Group B, thus likely avoiding a clash with Brazil in the Copa America quarter-finals.

Lionel Messi, 27, winning is 100th cap, was held in check by a physical and well-organised Jamaica side, but Higuain fired home form inside the box in the 11th minute. The Napoli striker, who could soon be moving to the Premier League, helped his side justify odds of 1.16, although Argentina, who had already qualified for the knockout stages, found life tough thereafter.

Earlier, in a repeat of the 2011 Copa America final, Uruguay and Paraguay also went through, courtesy of a 1-1 draw, with both sides scoring via headers.

Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez had given Uruguay the lead only for Paraguay’s Lucas Barros to level before the break.

Both results were great for followers of this column as we continued our great run with our Best Bets. Jamaica failed to score (1.53), there was a draw at half-time in the Uruguay/Paraguay game (1.97), we suggested Peru to win, draw no bet (1.90), Ecuador to win (2.92) and Chile to win to nil (2.08), so we were quids in over the last three days..

And with Ecuador beating Mexico 2-1 (a suggested correct score at odds of 10.00), the bookie-bashing will hopefully continue in the quarter-finals.

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PERU 1 VENEZUELA 0 – All the latest news and highlights from Copa America

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Hit-man: Claudio Pizzaro

Former Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro gave Peru hope of qualifying for the knockout stage at Copa America, by grabbing the only goal of the game against Venezuela.

Peru’s task was made easier by the dismissal of Fernando Amorebieta for appearing to stamp on an opponent.

Pizrro’s goal came midway through the second half to leave Group C finely balanced, with all four teams on three points.

On Sunday, Brazil take on Venezuela, while Peru face Colombia.

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ARGENTINA 1 URUGUAY 0: News and highlights of Copa America Day 6

It certainly wasn’t the prettiest performance by the Copa America favourites against the reigning champions, but Sergio Aguero’s stunning header was enough to seal the deal.

And the winner was made in Manchester, as the City striker powered in Pablo Zabaleta’s cross after the break.

Argentina were held by Paraguay in their opening game but they now lead Group B after a tense affair.

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On target: Sergio Aguero

Diego Rolan should have levelled but blazed over from eight yards, and it took a fine save from Sergio Romero to keep out a pile-driver from Hull City’s Abel Henandez.

Argentina now face pointless Jamaica, who lost 1-0 to Paraguay after one of the strangest goals the competition has ever seen.

Catch that in the short video, along with all the rest of the Day 6 news and highlights.


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ECUADOR 2 BOLIVIA 3 – Highlights of stunning Copa America upset

Bolivia were expected to be the Group A whipping boys. It hasn’t quite worked out that way.

Looking for their first Copa win in 18 years, captain Ronald Raldes got the Bolivians off to a great start after five minutes and then Martin Smedberg-Dalence stunned Ecuador with a brilliant drive.

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On the mark: Enner Valencia

Just before the break, Moreno Martins made it 3-0 and the game looked dead.

Ecuador had not lost to Bolivia at Copa America since 1949 and they launched a valiant fightback after the break and the game saw one of the best goals of the tournament so far.

Bolivia have four points and top the group following last week’s 0-0 draw with Mexico.

Hosts Chile, who beat Ecuador 2-0 in the tournament opener, are also on four points after drawing 3-3 with Mexico.

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CHILE 3 MEXICO 3 – Copa America unmissable highlights

Copa America Game Day 5 was the most entertaining thus far. Chile and Mexico shared six goals in an enthralling Group A encounter.

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Double: Arturo Vargas

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vargas scored twice for Chile, while striker Matias Vuoso bagged a brace for Mexico in front of a crowd of 45,583 supporters at the Julio Martinez Pradanos stadium.

Hosts Chile take on Boliva in their final game, with both sides on four points. A draw may well be good enough for both to qualify for the knockout stages.

Mexico take on winless Ecuador in the final match.

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