[www.inewsguyana.com] – Brazil has booked its place in the Quarter Finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup after a penalty shoot-out 3-2 over Chile after the match drew I – 1 in Belo Horizonte.
David Luiz claimed Brazil’s opening goal, but replays suggested that the final touch may have come from Gonzalo Jara after Thiago Silva flicked an inviting corner from Neymar towards the back post.
Neymar then dragged an effort wide after racing through on goal, but Chile found level just after the half-hour mark as Alexis Sanchez capitalised on a lack of communication in Brazil’s defence, firing beyond Julio Cesar and into the bottom corner.
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side had the better of the first-half chances with Neymar seeing a header deflected wide before Dani Alves had a strike tipped over the bar by Oscar Bravo, while Chile threatened through Charles Aranguiz.
Hulk had the ball in the back of the net and thought he had put Brazil back ahead shortly after the break, but those celebrations were short lived as the linesman’s flag was raised for handball as the striker brought it under control.
Chile came close to taking the lead through Charles Aranguiz as he was denied by a superb Cesar stop after Mauricio Isla’s cutback; while Bravo thwarted Hulk with a fine save from inside the area as the game headed into extra-time.
Substitute Mauricio Pinilla almost stunned the hosts when he rattled the bar in the closing minutes of extra-time before Ramires fired wide for Brazil as the game headed to spot-kicks.
The shootout was tied at 2-2 after four penalty.