Brazil needed penalties to see off a defiant Chile side and progress to the quarter finals in the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte tonight.
One of the fasted paced games of the tournament so far seen the favorites win narrowly after extra time and penalties. This means that Chile have still never beaten Brazil in Brazil and the boys in yellow advance to the quarter final stage as they have done in every World Cup.
Brazil have beaten Chile in the finals of three previous World Cups, in 1968, 1998 and 2010 and despite possessing arguably their most talented side ever the Chileans still crash out at the hands of Brazil yet again.
A frenetic and aggressive start to the match seen referee Howard Webb kept busy, football wise Chile dominated for large periods, but they still had to come from behind when David Luiz just about got on the end of a Thiago Silva flick from the corner to nab his first goal ever for his country in the 18th minute of the game.
Neymar was the biggest threat for the samba boys but he couldn't work his usual rhythmic magic as a defence marshaled by Cardiff City's Gary Medel proved too solid to penetrate. Chile soon prospered from their solid work and grabbed an equalizer in the 34th minute. A scrappy goal for Brazil to concede left Phil Scolari seething, a seemingly harmless throw in situation in their own half turned costly as the ball was nicked from Marcelo's toe after a sloppy Hulk pass and the magnificent Alexis Sanchez slotted home a cool finish.
The game remained up tempo despite the searing heat in Belo Horizonte and the chances continued. Dani Alves had a dipping effort from distance tipped over by his new Barcelona team mate Bravo, the pick of the bunch before half time. A brilliant half of football brought to a close.
Shortly after half time Mike Mullarkey ruled that Hulk had used his hand to control a pass and waved his flag to disallow the goal that resulted, a massive call that left the stadiums yellow clad consensus in disarray. Chile took control after that decision and a dejected and disillusioned Brazil had to soak up hoards of pressure.
The game became very direct with both keepers reluctant to feed the defenders with the ball, instead opting to pump the ball long. Neymar drifted out of the game a bit and so it hit a bit of a lull. Hulk had a good chance to snatch the game, skipping past a few defenders but Bravo saved well. Extra time looming.
The players were visibly shattered in extra time, despite this the sub, Mauricio Pinilla, who plays in Italy had a great chance to win it for the Chileans, smashing the bar in the 120th minute. Former West Brom, Nottingham Forrest and Brighton man, Gonzalo Jara was the man who had the responsibility of taking Chile's fifth penalty which they needed to score. The shot cannoned off the post which means Brazil will play the winner of Colombia v Uruguay in the quarter final in the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza on Friday and still remain in contention to claim their sixth World Cup title.
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