FIFA Confederations Cup 2017
Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
Chile win 3-0 on penalties.
South American Champions Chile booked their place in their first ever FIFA Confederations Cup Final after defeating Portugal 3-0 on penalties at the Kazan Arena.
After 120 minutes of play couldn’t separate the two sides, Claudio Bravo made himself the hero as he saved three penalties from substitutes Ricardo Quaresma, João Moutinho and Nani to send the Chileans into the Final after Arturo Vidal, Charles Aránguiz and Alexis Sánchez successfully converted from the spot for the South Americans.
Portugal started well and went close in the opening minute when André Gomes tested Bravo from-range, after Bernardo Silva initially did well to cut-inside and beat two players.
Four minutes later the South American Champions should have taken the lead when Sánchez played Eduardo Vargas through on-goal, he had just Rui Patrício to beat, but the keeper smothered the effort away, although the Chilean was actually marginally offside.
A minute later it was the European Champions, who should have taken the lead when Cristiano Ronaldo sent a teasing delivery across the face of goal to André Silva, who looked set to make the net bulge, but his effort is smothered away by Bravo, although the former Porto striker should have scored.
In the 27th minute Chile went close when Marcelo Díaz found Aránguiz with a cross but his glancing-header flew just wide of the far-post.
Two minutes later the Chileans had a good chance. After Vidal miscued his bicycle-kick, the ball fell to Aránguiz, but he sliced his volley wide.
The South American side had a good chance eight minutes into the second-half when Jean Beausejour’s teasing delivery was met by Vidal with a header that flew wide.
In the 56th minute the Chileans went close when a Chile corner was flicked-on by Vidal into the path of Vargas, whose acrobatic volley was brilliantly palmed behind by Patrício. Portugal had a good chance from the resulting-corner, which was cleared, allowing the European Champions to break with Bernardo Silva, who found Ronaldo, whose fierce effort from a tight-angle was palmed away by Bravo.
In the 71st minute Portugal went close when Ronaldo’s deflected effort drifted inches wide of the far-post.
In the 84th minute the Portuguese went close again when Cédric Soares’ cross was met by Ronaldo with a header that drifted just wide.
Chile started the first period of Extra-Time well and went close four minutes into the restart when Mauricio Isla’s terrific delivery was met by Sánchez, whose header drifted inches wide of the post.
The South American side had a good shout for a penalty in the 112th minute after substitute Francisco Silva was caught by José Fonte in the area but the referee was somehow unmoved.
Two minutes from time Chile very nearly found the winner when Vidal struck the post from the edge of the area with the loose ball falling to substitute Martín Rodríguez, but he somehow struck the bar from the follow-up, as the game eventually went to a penalty-shootout.
Vidal, Aránguiz and Sánchez all scored from the spot to put Chile in command as Portugal’s Quaresma and Moutinho were denied by Bravo, who then guessed right to deny Nani, whose failure to convert ensured Chile progressed into the Final.
The result meant that Chile progressed into their first ever FIFA Confederations Cup Final while Portugal await their opponents in the third-place play-off. Chile will face either Germany or Mexico in the Final.