29 June 2014 | News Comments

Brazil progress after dramatic penalty shoot-out

World Cup 1/8 finals 28 June 2014 Estadio Mineirao Finished AP

Brazil 4 - 3 Chile
Eugenio Mena 17'
David Luiz 18'
Alexis Sanchez 32'
Gato Silva 40'
Hulk 55'
Eduardo Vargas 57'
Felipe Gutierrez 57'
Luiz Gustavo 60'
Fred 64'
Jo 64'
Fernandinho 72'
Ramires 72'
Arturo Vidal 87'
Mauricio Pinilla 87'
Jo 93'
Mauricio Pinilla 102'
Daniel Alves 105'
Oscar 106'
Willian 106'
Gary Medel 108'
Jose Rojas 108'
David Luiz 121'
Mauricio Pinilla 121'
Willian 121'
Alexis Sanchez 121'
Marcelo 121'
Charles Aranguiz 121'
Hulk 121'
Marcelo Diaz 121'
Neymar 121'
Gonzalo Jara 121'

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar saved two spot-kicks in a shootout against Chile to send the hosts into the World Cup quarter-finals 3-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time.

Four years to the day since Brazil eliminated Chile at the same stage of the 2010 tournament, they did it again when Gonzalo Jara sent his spot-kick against the post after Cesar had twice denied the battling Chileans.

Five-times champions Brazil will next play the winners of the other last-16 match later on Saturday between Uruguay and Colombia.

David Luiz put Brazil ahead after 18 minutes but Alexis Sanchez equalised for Chile before halftime.

The Brazilians, who had eliminated their fellow South Americans in three previous World Cups, set a blistering pace from the start and Marcelo took a first crack at Chile with a volley that sailed wide.

Chile quickly lost the battle in midfield but their defence kept tournament joint top scorer Neymar constantly in check.

They were helpless, though, when Neymar whipped in a corner in the 18th minute, Thiago Silva headed it on and David Luiz, with what looked like some help from Chile's Jara, flicked it in for his first international goal in his 40th appearance.

With the small red patches of Chile fans in the Mineirao stadium swallowed up by a vast sea of yellow shirts, five-times champions Brazil kept pouring forward and Neymar should have done better when he raced clear only to drive a low shot wide.

Chile, however, levelled 14 minutes later, after making the most of a throw-in mixup between Hulk and Marcelo, to send Alexis into the box and the forward drilling in to stun the crowd into temporary silence.

Neymar, deciding to take matters into his own hands, went agonisingly close with a header that scraped past the post and controlled a superb deep cross-field ball to set up Fred, who fired high.

Dani Alves tested Claudio Bravo with a thundering long-range effort but the Chile keeper did well to tip it over the bar.

Brazil, who had won nine of their previous 10 meetings with Chile, thought they had scored again early in the second half when Hulk controlled a deep cross to drill in but referee Howard Webb booked the winger for handball.

At the other end Cesar pulled off a sensational save to deny Charles Aranguiz from point-blank range in a pulsating game where players of both teams resembled tightrope walkers with no safety with one wrong pass proving costly.

Chile, running on empty in extra time, almost snatched a dramatic last-minute winner when Mauricio Pinilla rattled the crossbar with a tremendous shot.

But keeper Cesar saved spot-kicks by Pinilla and Alexis before Jara failed to convert and the stadium erupted in celebration.

Statistics

Possession

Brazil | 48% Chile | 52%

Shots on target

Brazil | 10 Chile | 2

Shots off target

Brazil | 12 Chile | 7

Fouls

Brazil | 28 Chile | 23

Throw ins

Brazil | 15 Chile | 13

Offsides

Brazil | 2 Chile | 3

Yellow cards

Brazil | 4 Chile | 3

Red cards

Brazil | 0 Chile | 0

Corners

Brazil | 9 Chile | 5

Counter attacks

Brazil | 3 Chile | 1

Blocked Shots

Brazil | 1 Chile | 2