Attribution: Tim Boyd
Image: FIFA World Cup 2010 (here)
I saw Brazil booked its ticket into the quarter-final live just a few minutes ago. Brazil beat Chile in a penalty shoot-out after 120 minutes of play which was tied at 1 - 1.
It was such a thrilling game the drama and excitement akin even to that of a final! The sports news report in the dailies tomorrow might share the same opinion
The first half of 45 mins play was the most exciting. There were strong challenges, robust
play and lots of free-kicks. Surprisingly most of the notable players were victims but the
referee who appeared stern did not punish the culprits. Neymar was a marked man and
in no time he was tumbling all over grimacing in pain
The first goal for Brazil in the 18th min attributed to David Luiz appeared to be an own goal by Chilean defender Jara. It was a deflection from a kick on the right flank.
Before the euphoria could quieten down Alexis Sanchez shot the equalizer with a low ball into the far corner of the net.sometime in the 34th min or so. From then on the strong tackles and robust play were the norm.
The second half was more or less even and both tried very hard to score. But the drama heightened with the Brazilians making forays more often. In fact Hulk their midfielder had 2 goals disallowed that could have put paid to the Chileans' efforts.
The Chileans were a shade better in the first half of extra time. In the second 15 mins though the Brazilians appeared more urgent in wanting to wrap up the game . They were swarming all over in the Chilean half of the pitch.Ironically the Chileans were then slowing the game with feigned acts of pain on the ground. It was as though they were hoping for a penalty shootout
Chile nearly made it in the dying seconds of the second half of extra time when Pinilla's shot rocked the cross-bar but it was not to be!
After 120 mins' of play the score saw no change and the penalty shoot out became a reality
What a suspense it was right to the last dying minutes. It could have gone either way. Even the commentators mentioned it! They remarked 'what a sad way to lose a game' Rightly so! It went ding dong right until the 5th player when the position was still uncertain. Let's see the outcome!
1. David Luiz 1 1. Pinilla 0
2. William 0 2. Sanchez 0
3. Macello 1 3. - 1 (missed the name)
Brazil now one up to the Chileans
4 Hulk 0 4 Diaz 1
Now they are squared off 2 apiece
5 Neymar 1
Neymar scored and it could go sudden death
5 5 Jara 0
Jara missed and Brazil was through to the Quarter Finals!!
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