Chile beat Portugal after Bravo’s penalty shootout heroics

Claudio Bravo

Claudio Bravo was the hero for Chile with three saves in the penalty shootout as they beat Portugal at the Kazan Arena to reach the Confederations Cup final.

There were no goals in regulation time or the 30 minutes of extra-time that followed, as the first semi-final would be settled by the spot-kick lottery.

There were plenty of chances for both teams in Kazan, but a combination of wastefulness and good goalkeeping ensured the scoreline remained unchanged in 120 minutes of football.

Andre Gomes was the main culprit for the Portuguese as he hit the target just once from four attempts in promising positions, while captain Cristiano Ronaldo also had an off day in front of goal.

Gomes scuffed a shot straight at Bravo from 20 yards out after two minutes on the clock, while Eduardo Vargas was denied by Rui Patricio four minutes later from close range after being played in by Alexis Sanchez.

Andre Silva was presented with a golden opportunity moments later from Ronaldo's low cross from the left, but Bravo made a sharp save at the right post.

Charles Aranguiz went close on 28 minutes with a glancing header from Mauricio Isla's cross on the right that drifted wide of the left post, and the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder sliced a shot wide of the right post two minutes later after Arturo Vidal had miscued his overhead-kick.

The second half was a more cagey affair, although La Roja threatened to make the breakthrough on 57 minutes when Vargas hooked a shot towards goal that produced a superb reaction save from Patricio.

Ronaldo then tested Bravo soon afterwards with an angled shot from the left that the keeper pushed over the crossbar, but those were the closest either team came to opening the scoring before extra-time.

Juan Antonio Pizzi's side had the best chances, with Sanchez heading just wide of the left post from Isla's cross on the right in the 95th minute before the woodwork came to the Seleccao's rescue twice in quick succession at the death.

Vidal struck the right post with a sliced effort from the edge of the box in the final minute and Martin Rodriguez hit the bar on the follow-up in a dramatic finale.

Vidal, Aranguiz and Sanchez all converted their penalties, while Bravo saved from Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani as Chile won the shootout 3-0.