Sunday 23 July 2017

Bravo shuts out Portugal as Chile march on

Chile’s Claudio Bravo saves from Portugal’s Nani to win the penalty shootout. Photo: Reuters
Chile’s Claudio Bravo saves from Portugal’s Nani to win the penalty shootout. Photo: Reuters

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Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was the hero as Chile reached the Confederations Cup final by beating Portugal 3-0 in a penalty shoot-out after extra-time had failed to break the deadlock.

Bravo denied Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani as Chile converted their first three spot-kicks.

It was perhaps justice for Chile, who had a strong claim for a penalty denied deep in extra-time and also hit the woodwork twice in quick succession.

They will play either Germany or Mexico in Sunday's final in St Petersburg.

Arturo Vidal, whose shot hit the post in closing stages of extra-time before Martin Rodriguez's follow up also hit the woodwork, was successful from the spot for Chile along with Charles Aranguiz and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

The dramatic finale lit up an otherwise dull encounter, with both sides looking tired after playing their fourth game in just 10 days.

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