Manchester City’s Claudio Bravo was the unlikely hero as Portugal and Chile played out a cold and calculated full time and extra time without scoring.
Bravo saved all three of Portugal’s abysmal penalties in the shootout to send Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men through to the final of the Confederations Cup.
Fernando Santos had brought all three of those to miss – Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani on as substitutes with penalties in mind but they were so predictable and poor that Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t even get a chance from the spot.
The Real Madrid striker trudged off down the tunnel while the Chileans celebrated and Portugal heads dropped; a different picture from the adulation enjoyed this time last summer when Santos and Ronaldo masterminded victory in France.
A tired Chile had had to withstand constant attacks from Portugal, who just couldn’t quite find a way past Bravo or his defence over 120 minutes, with wasteful shooting, predictable crosses and fatigue resulting in a frustrating finish for the European champions.
Chile might have wrapped up the game even earlier, but were denied a last-minute extra-time goal when Arturo Vidal – the clear Man of the Match – smashed a shot across the goal and hit the post, with Martin Rodriguez stabbing the rebound onto the crossbar.
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— MundodeFutbolLLC (@mundodefutbollc) June 29, 2017
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