Brazil 1 Chile 1 – hosts reach quarter final after penalty shoot-out
Neymar’s spot kick proves decisive after 120 minutes of pulsating football between these two South American teams
June 28th, 2014
Mauricio Pinilla went from potential hero to zero in the space of a few minutes at the Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, with the forward striking the bar towards the end of extra-time for Chile before missing a spot kick for La Roja in the penalty shoot-out.
Football can be a cruel mistress and so it proved for Jorge Sampaoli’s team who played with guts and determination throughout this last sixteen clash against bogey side Brazil.
Brazil were out of the traps flying after some underwhelming performances in Group A, with Hulk causing problems down the left and Neymar’s pace troubling the three-man Chile defence.
The early pressure paid off when David Luiz glanced home a flick-on from Thiago Silva in the 18th minute, with the Chilean defence struggling with set pieces although it didn’t take long for the underdogs to draw level.
Alexis Sanchez found space in the area on the half-hour mark and the Barcelona forward was able to slot the ball past Julio Cesar, with Chile starting to grow in confidence from that point onwards.
Even so, it was Brazil who thought they had taken the lead in the second half when Hulk scrambled the ball home from close range only for referee Howard Webb to adjudge that the winger had handled the ball when bringing it down.
Chile were on the offensive in the second half although neither side could get the winner in normal time, while extra-time saw Brazil turn the screw but Pinilla had a massive chance to fire his team into the last eight at the expense of the hosts.
The penalty shoot-out was a typically tense affair, with Chile missing three of their five spot kicks, while David Luiz, Marcelo and Neymar’s converted efforts were enough for Brazil to keep the dream alive.