Uruguay Upset Brazil in Penalty Shootout to Reach Copa America Semifinals

Uruguay advanced to the Copa America semifinals after a nail-biting penalty shootout victory over Brazil following a tense, goalless draw in Las Vegas. Manuel Ugarte netted the decisive spot-kick, sealing a 4-2 triumph for Uruguay after Eder Militao’s miss and Douglas Luiz’s post-rattling penalty.

The match was a scrappy affair, marred by 41 fouls, as both teams struggled to create clear-cut opportunities. Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez missed Uruguay’s best chance, heading over from close range, while Raphinha was denied by a brilliant save from Uruguay goalkeeper Sergio Rochet.

In the 74th minute, Uruguay’s Nahitan Nandez was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Rodrygo, adding another layer of drama to the tense encounter. The match went straight to penalties, where Rochet’s heroics proved the difference.

Rochet expressed his joy after the victory, emphasizing the team’s character and determination. “It was a very tense match… but we showed character despite our youth,” he stated. “We are very excited, so we are going for more.”

In the other quarterfinal, Colombia displayed a clinical performance, dismantling Panama 5-0. James Rodriguez shone for the Colombians, scoring one goal and providing two assists in the rout.

With Uruguay and Colombia securing their spots, the Copa America semifinals are set: Colombia will face Uruguay on Wednesday in Charlotte, while defending champions Argentina will clash with the surprise package Canada on Tuesday in New Jersey.