Chile advanced to the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup after beating Portugal 3-0 on penalties on Wednesday evening. Chilean goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, contributed extensively to this feat.
Although Portugal dominated the first half, they could not make a pass against the Chilean defence. As the match progressed, both teams were seen losing form in the second half but it was Chile who created the better openings.
Both teams were unsuccessful in scoring goals throughout the game and the match advanced to a penalty shoot-out, resulting in favour of Chile.
Bravo expressed great technique in saving three balls from Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani. Chile’s penalties were all fruitful, taken by Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez.
According to BBC Sport, Bravo's brilliant performance was much needed to redeem himself of a difficult domestic season. He signed by Pep Guardiola from Barcelona last summer, but faced immense criticism for his shot-stopping skills.
Chile advances to face either Mexico or Germany in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final at St Petersburg. Portugal will also play against the losing team in Thursday’s semi-final match.
Shortly after Portugal’s defeat, captain, Cristiano Ronaldo mentioned that he had been given permission to miss the play-off to meet his new arrivals says AFP.
AFP adds that Ronaldo is believed to have fathered the twins with a surrogate mother in the US.