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Ospina 'proud' of Colombia team-mates, despite penalties defeat against Argentina

David Ospina put on a brilliant display for Colombia, but couldn't deny Argentina reaching the Copa America semi-finals on penalties.

Peter Cech might be heading across town from Chelsea to Arsenal, but in Chile, David Ospina produced a superb display for Colombia, which will undoubtedly give his club manager Arsene Wenger pause for thought.

Ospina was in exceptional form, producing a string of fine saves throughout the game, to keep Argentina at bay, but ultimately couldn't deny Messi and company going through to the semi-finals on penalties.

In comments to AS after the Copa America quarter-final clash, Ospina was humble about his performance, which included a remarkable stop to deny Messi from just five yards out.

Asked about that, he shrugged and suggested: "I just always try to offer the best of myself for my country. I'm proud of my team-mates. Thanks also to the fans who encouraged us."

Keeping a firm lock on his goal through ninety minutes and extra-time, the 26-year-old keeper admitted: "Penalties are always a lottery, the Argentines took theirs well and today, and lamentably it was our turn to lose."

However, there was no criticism for colleagues who missed from the spot, as Ospina concluded: "They were all taken with the conviction of scoring, but they weren't to be and also, they were facing a really good keeper."

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