Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved three successive penalties to give them a 3-0 shootout win over Portugal after their FIFA Confederations Cup semifinal had ended goalless last night in Russia.
Just as it happened in 2015 and 2016 Copa America when the matches deadlocked after goalless regulation times against Argentina, Chile snapped victory from Portugal to become kings of shoot out last night.
Bravo stopped Portugal’s first three spot kicks from Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani while Chile converted their first three kicks to win the clash of South American and European champions. Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez scored all Chile’s three goals.
The result was justice for Chile after they hit the woodwork with two successive shots in the dying seconds of extra time.
There was also controversy shortly before that when Chile winger Alexis Sanchez went down in the box under a Jose Fonte tackle but the referee did not consult the Video Assistant Referees (VARs), even though contact seemed to be made.
Chile is to play the winner of the second semi final tonight between Germany and Mexico on Sunday.