Sunday, June 29, 2014

Brazil 3 (1) - Chile 2 (1)

The first half was fun, the second half was nearly a dud. Then there were the penalty kicks.

David Luiz opened the scoring, before Alexis Sanchez equaled for Chile.

The game was without rhythm for much of the second half, despite a few opportunities for the Brazilians. A beautiful run by Hulk into the box and a late shot by Chilean substitute Mauricio Pinilla that careened off of the crossbar were two of the only true chances that either team had on net.

Chile lost on a heartbreaking penalty off the post that sealed an entry into the quarterfinals for the World Cup host nation. Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar saved two penalties as the close game became even closer in penalties.

After two misses and makes on each side, Brazil pulled ahead in the final of the first five penalty kicks. Neymar finished his attempt after over 9000 stutters before his kick, which beat Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

Gonzalo Jara came agonizing close to tying the shootout for Chile, but his hard hit shot hit the right upright and flew away from the net, across the goal mouth, leaving him and his teammates to watch their opponents celebrate.

NSC Man of the Match: Claudio Bravo, whose efforts kept Chile in the game and penalty kicks.

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