Brazil advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals after a 3-2 win in penalties following a 1-1 draw against Chile in Belo Horizonte. Neymar’s penalty put they Brazilians up 3-2 and Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara’s PK bounced off the left post to keep dreams of Brazil winning a World Cup on home soil alive.
The Gold and Green broke the deadlock on what was a beautiful day at Estádio Mineirão in the 18th minute when Neymar’s corner was headed in by Thiago Silva and then was deflected into the back of the net. David Luiz was credited with the goal but replays seem to show it was an own goal. Brazil should have pounced but the Chilean’s saw an opening and took it in the 32nd minute. Hulk screwed up a return to Marcelo after the latter’s throw-in and Eduardo Vargas intercepted the weak pass and passed it upfield to Alexis Sanchez, Sanchez slid it into the back of the net to tie the game at 1, but late in the second half it looked as if the hosts regained their composure, a long pass from Marcelo was caught by Hulk and the Zenit Saint Petersburg striker netted it. BUT an assistant official, Howard Webb called the goal off, booking Hulk for a handball on what was a very questionable call. After a 30-minute extra time period after which it was still tied we found ourselves going to penalties. David Luiz shot first,aimed for the center of the net and scored after the keeper dived too far to the left, Brazil missed their next shot and Chile missed their next 2 giving a 1-0 lead to the Brazilians which Marcelo extended when his strike found the upper right corner despite the keeper getting a hand on it. Charles Aranguiz cut the lead in half with what was the best PK of the night, right into the far upper corner, Julio Cesar had no chance. Hulk missed his next one and Chile’s Marcelo Diaz leveled it at 2 going into the final round, and you know the rest.