BRAZILIANS THROUGH AFTER SHOOTOUT DRAMA

Jun 28, 2014 Posted Under: News

Oscar, Ramires and Willian all played a part in Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Chile on Saturday, relying on a thrilling penalty shootout to progress into the World Cup quarter-finals.

Oscar was the only Chelsea player picked from the start, though he would be replaced by Willian in extra-time, while Ramires was a second-half substitute in Belo Horizonte.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side started well and 17 minutes in the Brazilians went in front, former Blue David Luiz turning in a Neymar corner from close range after it had been flicked on to the far post by his new club team-mate and central defensive colleague Thiago Silva.

The lead lasted just 14 minutes however, as Chile talisman Alexis Sanchez capitalised on some poor Brazilian play in their own third to slot home an equaliser.

Oscar almost set up Neymar with a well-weighted cross five minutes later, but the forward’s header was just diverted past the post by the challenge of a Chilean defender. The Chelsea man found the Barcelona player with another rangy pass shortly afterwards, but when the ball fell loose, striker Fred fired over.

On the stroke of half-time, Chile had the chance to go ahead, but David Luiz was in place to block Charles Aranguiz inside the box, leaving it 1-1 at the break.

Brazil’s Hulk had a goal disallowed by English referee Howard Webb shortly into the second period, and the decision appeared to have a negative effect on the home side, who struggled to control the game.

Ramires was introduced in place of Manchester City’s Fernandinho after 72 minutes, slotting into his favoured central midfield role.

Neymar and Hulk each worked Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo before the end of 90 minutes, but the game was destined to go into extra time.

During the first half, Oscar headed straight at Bravo when he had a chance to put his side in front, and that would be his final contribution, with Scolari opting to replace him with club team-mate Willian at half-time.

Both sides were visibly tired and almost seemed resigned to penalties, but in the last minute Chile sub Mauricio Pinilla struck the bar with a vicious strike that would have condemned Brazil to an early exit.

There was still time for Ramires to shoot just wide from distance, and so it was to penalties.

David Luiz stepped up first and converted confidently, while Julio Cesar then saved from Pinilla.

Willian was second for the Brazilians, but dragged his effort just wide of the goalkeeper’s left-hand post, having sent Bravo the wrong way. He looked distraught, but Cesar was to save from Sanchez to let the Blues man off the hook.

Marcelo made it 2-0 but Aranguiz reduced arrears for the Chileans with a superb finish, and then Hulk’s shot was saved by Bravo to allow Marcelo Diaz to level the scores with one kick left.

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