Redemption for Julio Cesar as Brazil edge past Chile on penalties
Sunday, 29th June 2014 at 04:16am
Julio Cesar put four years of hurt behind him to become Brazil's hero, saving two penalties as a nervy Selecao overcame Chile 3-2 on spot kicks to move through to the last eight.
The Brazilian stopper was widely blamed for his country's exit from the tournament four years ago but made amends in spectacular fashion before Gonzalao Jara missed the decisive penalty.
His heroics came after the game had ended 1-1 after extra time following goals from David Luiz and Alexis Sanchez.
After two rousing national anthems, Brazil grabbed the breakthrough when David Luiz appeared to get the final touch from a Neymar corner.
Replays showed than Chile's Jara may have touched the ball into his own net but the goal was awarded to the PSG-bound defender.
Rather than be downbeat, Chile rallied and leveled through Sanchez. The goal came from a Brazil throw in deep in their own half as Hulk's error allowed Eduardo Vargas to find Sanchez who made no mistake.
Hulk almost made amends with a second half goal but saw it ruled out for handball by Howard Webb before laying on a perfect chance for Jo who somehow contrived to miss from inside the six-yard book.
There were no further goals inside the 90 minutes and it was Chile who came closest to winning the goal in the extra half hour.
Substitute Mauricio Pinilla struck the bar from distance in the 119th minute as La Roja came within inches of spoiling the host's party.
David Luiz struck the opening penalty for Brazil before Cesar saved from Pinilla and Sanchez either side of a Willian miss.
Marcelo and Charles Arnguiz both struck successful penalties before Hulk saw his spot kick saved by Claudio Bravo.
Neymar coolly rolled home Brazil's 5th penalty by Jara struck the post with his effort to send a relieved Selecao through to the quarter-finals.