Brazil tested by stubborn Chileans but make Quarter-finals.

June 28, 2014 at 9:17 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil, Brazil News, Chile, Chile News, News

Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar (top) makes a save during the round of 16 football match between Brazil and Chile at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014.  AFP PHOTO
Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar (top) makes a save during the round of 16 football match between Brazil and Chile at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO

Host nation Brazil opened the Round of 16 matches against Chile at Estadio Mineirao in a filled Belo Horizonte. The game dragged on till the penalties, with the Brazilians winning the shoot-out 3-2.

The match began with both teams questioning each other’s defence with attempts that didn’t threaten either side’s goalkeeper. Brazilian defender Marcelo had a decent shot in the 6th minute but failed to find the target. Brazil had the early tempo, with Neymar comfortably attacking the Chilean defence that sat back most of the time.

In the 12th minute some of the Brazilian players protested to referee Howard Webb after striker Hulk easily fell in the penalty box, but the English official was not convinced.

The opening goal came in the 17th minute when Brazil were awarded a corner that Neymar took which looked like an own goal by a Chilean defender, but was claimed by David Luiz. This spurred the Brazilian support in the stadium clad in the traditional yellow Brazilian kit.

Chile began stringing a few passes between them as the half went on. In the 32nd minute they benefited from a mistake the Brazilians made after a bad pass from Hulk to Marcelo was intercepted by Eduardo Vargas who passed it to Alexis Sanchez to completely silence the Estadio Mineirao with a stunning goal. Chile had more presence in the match from then on, even threatening to get a second before half-time.

Daniel Alves had a shot from around 30 yards only for his attempt to be punched away for a corner right before half-time.

The second half was evenly matched than the first. Fernandinho shot from distance early in the second stanza but his attempt went wide of goal. Hulk thought he had scored but was ruled to have handled the ball before putting it in the back of the net.

Chile frustrated the Brazilians as the game dragged on. Brazil weren’t as free-flowing in their play as they were in the previous half, with some of the players carelessly gave the ball away to the Chileans who were now playing with more confidence. Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar was forced to make a reaction save when midfielder Charles Aranguiz came from the side to shot at the Brazilian goal posts.

Both teams failed to find the winner in regular time forcing the game to go to extra time.

Brazil seemed energized in extra time. They urged their supporters to get behind them but the Chileans stood their ground and threw everything they got at the Brazilians. The extra-time was definitely more action-packed than play in regular time, as both teams became more desperate to find the winner as the game neared penalties. Chilean forward Mauricio Pinilla hit the crossbar before the end of the match after beating Cesar.

The Brazilians scored their first penalty with Cesar saving both of Chile’s first penalties.  It seemed as though the Chileans would still have a chance when Brazil missed their second and Chile scored their third and fourth, but Neymar scored his country’s last penalty putting pressure on Chile to score their last for them to remain in the game, but it was too much for the experienced Gonzalo Jara who missed the penalty to send Brazil into the Quarter-finals.

Bonginkosi Tiwane


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