Today was a great day for football/soccer fans, we all got to view two of South America’s finest display their talents. There were so many talking points leading to the game; This game should be a better test of Brazil’s ability; Can Chile’s front three of Vargas, Sanchez and Vidal do damage to Brazil’s back line; Does Chile have the recipe to stopping one of the tournaments top goal scorers, Neymar from scoring.
The game was dull and very physical with a lot of tackles and cards. Creative players such as Neymar and Oscar weren’t given any room to allow their creative juices flow; while Chile’s attacking trio of Vargas, Sanchez and Vidal weren’t too impressive; credit should be given to the Chilean players for their defensive effort and the ability to endure the pressure from the Brazilian attackers.
The 90 was completed with both teams at a goal a piece, with the goals coming in the 18th minute for Brazil from a Neymar corner, which looked to come off a Chilean defender. However, David Luiz was the closest Brazilian player to it, therefore claiming the goal. Chile’s goal was a nice side footing by Sanchez with the assist from Vargas in the 32nd minute.
The game continued with Brazil pushing to score a goal while Chile looked comfortable with a draw either forgetting there had to be a winner or they just had the formula for winning a penalty shootout. Chile surprisingly came closest to scoring a winner in the last minute of extra time, the shot by number 9, Pinnila came off the cross bar. Shortly after, the fulltime whistle was blown and penalty shootouts had to be the decider. The shootout ended with Brazil winning 3-2, Julio Caesar saving 2 and the post coming to the rescue for Brazil, helping them clinch a vital win to qualify to the last eight.
Brazil definitely didn’t look convincing in today’s game and proceeding to the semifinals would require the team to step up their game, as the tournament will only get more difficult. I do hope they bring that Brazilian flare and entertaining football we have all grown to love.