Chile Beats Portugal to Reach Confederations Cup Final
Claudio Bravo made three stops, while Chile thrashed 3-0 in Portugal a featherweight challenge to reach the final of the Confederations Cup on Wednesday.
Congratulations stopped the penalties for Ricardo Quaresma, João Moutinho and Nani, sending Chile to its third consecutive international final after winning consecutive titles in the Copa America. Arturo Vidal, Charles Aránguiz and Alexis Sánchez scored for Chile in the shootout.
The teams had drawn 0-0 following the rule and overtime.
“This is very important to us because a successful round is so complete,” said Congratulations. “We are very happy to play in the final.”
Chile and Portugal were close to scoring in the first 10 minutes of the game, but there was little chance that after a poor match between two of the favorites for the title. Cristiano Ronaldo played irregularly for Portugal, and Chile has gradually taken control.
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Chile will play Germany or Mexico in Sunday’s final in St. Petersburg. He will seek his first title outside of South America, after winning the Copa América in 2015 and 2016.
When shooting, Bravo threw himself to his right to stop the low-punches blows of Laresma and Moutinho, but changed his goal to save the timid shot Nani. Nani began to tilt the ball as if he did not take the kick, and he tapped gently towards Congratulations.
“Claudio has been incredible, players who have scored their penalties were incredible, and I think we deserve to be in the final,” said Juan Antonio Pizzi, the Chilean coach. “We’ve made a lot of effort, and I think it can be seen during the game.”
Chile has had the chance to gain more time when powerful right-footed Vidal hit the second post. Rebote, replacing Martín Rodríguez hit the crossbar with Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patrício, already beaten.
Sanchez had already had the opportunity to overcome the deadlock in the six-minute overtime, but his narrow header missed the penalty spot just after a well placed cross from Mauricio Isla’s right flank.
Chile wanted a penalty when Francisco Silva was attacked by a defender, but the referee let the game continue.
Ronaldo had chances in regulation, but could not take advantage of them, including a header at 85 minutes, which was wide.