Heroics from Claudio Bravo at the penalty shootout guides Chile to the finals

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Chile won 3-0 in the penalty shootout against Portugal after both sides were inseparable after 120 minutes of end to end football.

Claudio Bravo was the hero for Chile as he saved all three Portugal penalties to send his side into the Confederations Cup final in a 3-0 shoot-out victory in Kazan.

After the game finished scoreless from 120 minutes of play, it was the much criticised Manchester City goalkeeper who proved to be the hero, defending attempts from Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani and leaving Cristiano Ronaldo on the outs to make the difference on the day.

The game began with a flurry of chances in the opening half. Andre Gomes fired a warning shot in just the second minute, forcing a save from Bravo after finding space in the centre of the box.

Ronaldo then flashed a header wide in the fifth minute, before Eduardo Vargas was denied by Rui Patricio a minute later and Andre Silva missed a golden chance after Ronaldo’s cross left him with only an on-rushing Bravo to beat in the seventh.

Vidal then jumped too early to meet a well-weighted hanging cross, sending the ball high and wide, but Vargas did draw a save from Patricio when he shaped himself brilliantly to unleash a powerful overhead kick.

Ronaldo had been quite since setting up Andre Silva’s early chance and since then he had fired a shot straight to Bravo and also sent a freekick over the bar from a promising position.
Ronaldo next shot was deflected wide of goal as the match look to flow towards additional periods.

The first chance of extra-time fell to Sanchez, but the Arsenal man’s header curled agonisingly wide having initially looked destined for the bottom corner.

Chile’s penalty that never was came seven minutes into the second period, yet VAR was not consulted. Replays clearly showed the Portugal defender making contact with Silva’s foot.

Then came Chile’s woodwork frustration – a fierce Vidal strike bounced back off the right-hand post, only for Rodriguez’s improvised effort on the rebound to hit the crossbar.

The game headed towards penalties and Bravo’s heroics in saving all the three Portugal penalties from Quaresma, Moutinho and Nani was the difference between the two sides as Vidal, Aranguiz and Sanchez all converted their penalties to guide Chile into Sunday’s final in St Petersburg.