Brazil defeated Chile on penalty kicks to qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
After a tense 1-1 game and 30 minutes of scoreless extra time in Belo Horizonte, the World Cup match went to penalty kicks to decide the winner between Brazil and Chile.
In an advertisement from both teams of how not to take penalty kicks, Chile was able to pull the penalty kick score back to 2-2 after missing earlier chances. But Neymar made it 3-2, before Gonzalo Jaro missed the final penalty kick of the game, sending Brazil through to the next round to play the winner of Colombia against Uruguay.
Qualification from the group stages was anything but convincing for the hosts as they struggled against Croatia, could not break down a resolute Mexican side, and dismantled a very poor Cameroon team. The real test began today as they took on Chile in the first of the Round of 16 matches.
Although they suffered defeat at the hands of the Dutch, Chile made their intentions in the competition very clear as they scored wins against the pre-tournament lowest and highest ranked teams to qualify for the second round.
Both teams were looking to win and progress to play either Colombia or a Suarez-less Uruguay in the Quarter-Finals. Emotions were high as both the Chilean and Brazilian national anthems continued after the music ended. The game kicked off and both sides took cautious steps to assert their position in the game. Both sides had early shouts for penalties, the Brazilian claims seemed more founded, but Howard Webb was having none of it.
The breakthrough for Brazil came in the 18th minute after a series of set pieces demonstrated the Chilean frailties in the air. Neymar took the corner with Thiago Silva getting a solid header towards goal which was eventually turned in by David Luiz, though Chilean defender Jara looked like he might have had the last touch.
Chances at both ends were easily dealt with, but for the first time in the game Chile were creating more in Brazil’s half. From a seemingly simple Brazil throw-in almost in their own corner, Vargas pounced on a soft pass to unleash Alexis Sanchez who picked his spot and showed his quality with a very cool finish in the 32nd minute.
Brazil asserted their dominance in the remainder of the first half, having the best of the chances with Neymar and Fred missing golden opportunities to take the lead again. A thumping shot 25 yards out from Dani Alves almost caught Bravo out, and he had to make an acrobatic save to push it over the crossbar.