Chile pay the 'penalty' as Brazil storm into World Cup quarters

The match ended 1-1 after extra time, but Brazil progress after beating Chile 3-2 on penalties.


Afp June 28, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil advanced to the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday after holding their nerve to down Chile on penalties.

Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar was the hero, saving twice in the shoot-out before Chile defender Gonzalo Jara’s final spot-kick crashed off the woodwork to hand the World Cup hosts a 3-2 win.

The shoot-out drama unfolded after a pulsating game at Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao Stadium after 120 minutes of normal and extra-time ended with the South American rivals locked at 1-1.

Brazil, roared on by their partisan support, started strongly, taking the lead through a goal credited to David Luiz after 18 minutes.

Neymar swung a corner in from the left and the new Paris Saint-Germain recruit rose to turn the ball into the net although replays showed it was helped on by Chile defender Gonzalo Jara.

But Chile came roaring back and equalised after 32 minutes, Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez punishing slack play in the penalty area to slot past Julio Cesar.

Brazil had a goal controversially disallowed in the second half, when striker Hulk was adjudged to have used his arm to control a long ball before shooting past Claudio Bravo.

Brazil’s players protested furiously but English referee Howard Webb remained unmoved.

A thrilling finale to extra-time almost saw Chile snatch a sensational victory when striker Mauricio Pinilla saw a shot crash back off the woodwork in the dying seconds with Cesar beaten.

COMMENTS (2)

Abdul Hai | 7 years ago | Reply

Lucky Brazil. Could had been out. They are not favourites in QF.

Ammar | 7 years ago | Reply

There was no need for those inverted commas. Embrace your puns without shame.

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