Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Confed Cup Semifinal: Chile Beats Portugal On PKs To Reach Final In Russia

Man City goalie Claudio Bravo made three penalty saves, as Chile beat Portugal in a penalty shootout to reach the final.
Chile advanced to the Confederations Cup final with a 3-0 penalty shootout defeat of Portugal in Kazan, Russia on Wednesday.

The reigning Copa America champions saw Claudio Bravo save three consecutive penalties as La Roja overcame last summer's Euro champs to book their first-ever final in the competition, where they will face the winner of Thursday's second semifinal between Germany and Mexico.

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 -- leaving Cristiano Ronaldo on the outs -- to make the difference on the day.

Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez all scored for Chile in the shootout.

The result was justice for Chile, which had a strong penalty appeal turned down in extra time and then saw the ball hit the woodwork twice in a few seconds a few minutes later.

The Chileans will play Germany or Mexico on Sunday's final in St Petersburg.

It will be seeking its first title outside of South America after winning the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.

While Portugal was looking for its second consecutive title after winning the European Championship last year.

It was the first time in a major international tournament that extra time was played and teams were allowed to make a fourth substitution.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos made the fourth change in the final minutes, replacing Andre Gomes with Gelson Martins. While Chile only made three substitutions.

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