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  • [Match Report] Chile 0-0 Portugal ( Pen 3-0) + Highlights
  • Claudio Bravo was the hero for Chile as he saved
    all three Portugal penalties to send his side into
    the Confederations Cup final in a 3-0 shoot-out
    victory in Kazan.
    Chile had been denied a clear penalty in the
    second period of extra-time and hit the woodwork
    twice in quick succession soon after, but they
    wrapped up the win in convincing fashion from
    the spot.
    Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez
    were all on target for the Copa America
    champions, while Ricardo Quaresma, Joao
    Moutinho and Nani were all denied by Manchester
    City stopper Bravo.
    Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo did not step
    up to take a spot-kick.
    The match itself finished goalless after a largely
    drab 90 minutes, before springing into life late in
    extra-time.
    The video assistant referee was not called into
    action to review Jose Fonte's clear foul on
    Francisco Silva in the box, before Vidal and Martin
    Rodriguez hit the frame of the goal.
    On balance, it was a deserved victory for Chile,
    who also won both of their Copa America titles
    from the spot after the matches ended goalless.
    A scything early throughball from Sanchez to
    Eduardo Vargas came to nothing when Portugal
    goalkeeper Rui Patricio dived at the forward’s feet,
    before Bravo kept out Andre Silva at the other end
    as the match started at a promising pace.
    Those early chances proved not to be a sign of
    things to come, however, and it was not until
    Aranguiz sent a header narrowly wide just short of
    the half-hour mark that either side came close to
    troubling the scoreline again.
    A wild slice on the half-volley from Aranguiz soon
    after saw another opportunity to break the
    deadlock come and go, though Chile were
    beginning to look most likely to go ahead.
    The match was crying out for a goal but Andre
    Gomes offered a strong indication that he would
    not the man to deliver it by dragging an awful
    shot well wide of the target early in the second
    half.
    Vidal then jumped too early to meet a well-
    weighted hanging cross, sending the ball high and
    wide, but Vargas did draw a save from Patricio
    when he shaped himself brilliantly to unleash a
    powerful overhead kick.
    Ronaldo, who had been quiet since setting up
    Silva's early chance, fired an effort straight at
    Bravo as the game started to open up, before
    lifting a free-kick harmlessly over from a
    promising position having stood ominously over
    the ball in trademark fashion.
    The skipper then saw a shot deflected wide and
    miscued a header – the match careering
    inevitably towards the additional periods.
    The first chance of extra-time fell to Sanchez, but
    the Arsenal man's header curled agonisingly wide
    having initially looked destined for the bottom
    corner.
    Chile's penalty that never was came seven
    minutes into the second period, yet VAR was not
    consulted. Replays clearly showed the Portugal
    defender making contact with Silva's foot.
    Then came Chile's woodwork frustration - a fierce
    Vidal strike bounced back off the right-hand post,
    only for Rodriguez's improvised effort on the
    rebound to hit the crossbar.
    When the shoot-out came around, Portugal
    produced three poor penalties - the efforts from
    Quaresma and Moutinho were almost identical and
    Nani stuttered to a strike that failed to fool Bravo,
    sparking jubilant celebrations among the Chile
    squad.
    Chile face Mexico or Germany in Sunday's final.
    GOAL.COM

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