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Brazil vs Chile

Brazil vs Chile

Brazil vs Chile

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Brazil vs Chile

A thumping game here and worthy of the first knockout game.  Brazil showing pace with Neymar and to be fair he has been scaring the Chilean players witless in the opening minutes.

It started well and kept burning for the entire the first half.  Then David Luiz (I think) got the opening goal off his knee.  The ball was lofted into the box from a corner, a mistake on a clearance (or was it a tug from Luiz) and Brazil were in front.

Then, Alexis Sanchez scored a great equaliser after a simple throw in went to him.  He looked to be stumbling but the ball went in with perfect accuracy to level the scores.  It was a great finish from a great player.

Neymar was getting a bit of rough treatment from Chile and in their defence Brazil were falling down a lot in the box so it was as much one as the other.  How Luiz didn’t get booked for more of his fouls was beyond me.  He ran away from Howard Webb who didn’t reach for a card again.

Fred went close, Alves went close – to be honest most of the Brazilian players did as they really busted a gut to go in at half time ahead.  Bravo for Chile was excellent though.

The first half was Brazil with the pressure tactics and Chile with the work rate with Vidal for Chile being one hard working player – his energy was endless.

Half Time

Brazil disappeared in the sun for a fair bit of the 2nd half but they still had their chances.  Hulk had a good goal disallowed which seemed to unsettle the Brazilian team.  I think it was a bit harsh as it was a 50/50 call really.  Brazil should have really just got on with it but they didn’t, instead they dipped for a long period.

Chile worked so hard and they had really good chances to win it – really good ones also!

It got towards the end of the match and Brazil seemed keen for extra time, why they brought on Jo I will never know as he has no place in the Brazil international side in my view.

Extra Time

Saw Brazil doing more, Hulk tried everything he possibly could, some good and some bad but Chile were outstanding in every department.

Then in the dying seconds of extra time Chile hit a thumping shot which hit the bar…..

These players have both shown tremendous fitness and desire.  Momentum swung both ways and it was simply excellent to watch.

Penalties

It is officially penalties and I think Brazil have dropped a clanger – some of the players they have brought on I don’t think are their best penalty takers.

Brazil, in a huddle as they try to motivate one another, Chile though looked tired but with a great togetherness as well.  It is really tense.

Cesar in goal vs Bravo for Chile…

David Luiz goes first – he scores 1-0 Brazil

Pinilla – saved by Cesar!!!

Willian – WIDE – what a shocker!

Sanchez – saved again!!! Cesar sends Brazil mad, great reactions.

Marcelo – lucky to score but the power sent it through, 2-0 Brazil now

Aranguiz – Unstoppable, thumped with some real venom.  Cesar didn’t even move 2-1.

Hulk – One of my favourite players for Brazil…..saved!!!!  Bravo duped him big time and won the battle of wills…It was Van Der Sar vs Chelsea mark two!

Diaz – it’s all level….amazing 2-2 and sudden death!!!

Neymar – is it best till last, will he miss….at 22 years old he scores with ease! – I didn’t think he would score but he did – amazing!

Jara – the unemployed professional footballer hits the post, poor, poor man!!!! – it was almost the perfect penalty, it beats the keeper but it can’t creep in! – I really feel for him.

Harsh on Chile as they have been a real show stoppers and Brazil get lucky again despite a good performance.  They are going home and Brazil get through to the next round, the luck of penalties eh!.

A thumping game as the Chilean players console one another.

This is what the World Cup is about and Brazil managed the pressure! It ended Brazil vs Chile (1-1) with Brazil winning 3-2 on penalties.