Brazil beat Chile 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the first of the FIFA World Cup Round of 16 encounters at the Estadio Mineirao on Saturday. It was all things Brazil in the early exchanges as they looked to delight their 40 000 plus fans with an early goal. Hulk powered his way inside the area in the 12th minute but was brought down and left to cry wolf as the referee waved play on.
The good work put in by Luiz Felipe Scolari’s troops paid dividends in the 18th minute. Neymar whipped in a great ball from the corner spot which the Chilean defence failing to clear and Thiago Silva flipped it to the far post leaving David Luiz to slot home. Jorge Sampaoli was restless on the touch line seeing his troops being bullied but also had the pleasure of seeing them finding an equaliser in the 32nd minute.
Hulk played too casually at the back and was dispossessed as Alexis Sanchez feasted on the mistake and sliced the ball past Julio Cesar. Dani Alves almost sent his side to the break with their noses in front when he unleashed a venomous shot from range in the 43rd minute but Claudio Bravo punched it away for a corner. Five minutes after the restart Belo Horizonte erupted when Hulk rolled the ball past Bravo but the celebrations were cut short as the referee wrongfully judged him to have handled the ball.
The Chileans were more vicious in the second stanza and kept frustrating the hosts who were finding it hard to play outside of their own half. Cesar produced a magnificent save in the 63rd minute after being exposed by his defence. The Seleção slowly regained their rhythm and threw everything at the red wall but failed to break it in regular time sending the match to extra time. Neither side managed to win it in extra time making way for the lottery of penalties to decide the winner. Cesar saved two penalties before Gonzalo Jara was the unfortunate Chilean to hit the post with the final penalty to ensure Brazil marched to the quarter-finals with a 3-2 penalty shootout victory.