SPORTS

Brazil Exhales

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Goes ToIn a nail biting finish, Brazil edged their way into the quarter finals defeating Chile 3-2 on penalty kicks in the first match of the round of 16 on Saturday.

Although many fans expected Brazil to overrun the Chilean team, this did not happen as Chile proved themselves to be a worthy opponent. The match was forced into penalty kicks after a 1-1 regulation and overtime scoreline with a competitive Chile.

As the lottery of the penalties started David Luiz sent Chile keeper Bravo the wrong way to go one up. Chile’s Mauricio Pinilla then fired straight at Julio Cesar to give Brazil the advantage.

But Willian for Brazil then kicked wide.

Cesar became the hero when he saved the dreaded Alexis Sanchez’s kick. Marcello then calmly sent the hosts 2-0 to deafening cheers from the crowd. Chile drew one back before Hulk’s shot was saved by Bravo to keep the score at 2-1.

Dias with the chance to draw Chile level obliged to make it 2-2.

Then up came Neymar and he got his fifth goal of the tournament to send Brazil 3-2.

Earlier Chile pressed in the opening 10 minutes but it was the host Brazil which scored first.

David Luiz knocked in from a Neymar corner in the 18th minute as Brazil gradually took control of the game. Television replays later showed that the ball actually came of a defender.

The home fans were silenced in the 32nd minute when Chile equalized against the run of play.

Chile got their goal after a defensive error from a Brazil throw in, gifted Sanchez who calmly slotted by Cesar in goal.

Marcia Greene, Readers Bureau Contributor