Uruguay advanced to the semifinals of the Copa America with a penalty shootout victory over hosts Argentina on Saturday, with Carlos Tevez having his spotkick saved.

The game ended 1-1 after regulation and remained tied through extra time. The final tally in the shootout was 5-4 to Uruguay.

Diego Perez gave Uruguay a surprise 1-0 lead in the 6th minute, but Gonzalo Higuain equalized in the 18th. Argentina had a man advantage from the 39th when Perez received his second yellow card. But goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and Uruguay's rugged defense stopped Argentina, which had a dozen chances in regulation and extra time.

The teams returned to even strength when Javier Mascherano was sent off on a red card in the 87th.