Host Brazil Progress to Quarter-Final On Penalties

Brazil secured a dramatic shootout victory over Chile to reach the quarter-finals and keep alive their dream of winning the World Cup on home soil.

QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar saved from Mauricio Pinilla and Alexis Sanchez before Gonzalo Jara hit a post with the decisive spot-kick to prompt wild celebrations inside Estadio Mineirao.

David Luiz and Marcelo had converted their efforts for Brazil, but with Willian and Hulk missing, it fell to the hosts’ star striker Neymar to step up under intense pressure and nervelessly slot what proved the winning kick.

Julio Cesar Being Celebrated By His Team-Mates After Helping Selecao Advance in World Cup.
Julio Cesar Being Celebrated By His Team-Mates After Helping Selecao Advance in World Cup.

Luiz had earlier put the hosts in front, only for Alexis Sanchez to equalise. Hulk then had a strike disallowed for handball – fairly, but much to the disgust of the home fans – while Pinilla hit the crossbar for Chile in the final minute of extra time.

Source: BBC Sport.

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