Neymar seals Brazil’s place in World Cup quarter-finals in penalty shoot out

June 30, 2014

While Spain and England were among the early casualties of this year’s World Cup, the host nation remains in the competition after beating Chile on Saturday. Brazil went ahead in the 18th minute, with Barça player Alexis Sanchez scored the equalizer for Chile just after the half hour mark but, try as they might, the match went to extra time and then to penalties.

While Brazil’s David Luiz scored from the spot, Chile’s first shot failed to go in; and Brazil’s second attempt failed as did Alexis for Chile; both Real Madrid’s Marcello and Charles Aránguiz scored; Brazil’s next missed, but Chile’s went in to leave the teams level; and then Neymar scored while Chile’s Gonzalo Jara failed, ending Chile’s World Cup campaign. Brazil next faces Colombia on Friday.

The other team to watch out for of course is Argentina, with FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano. The Argentine national squad plays Switzerland tomorrow evening for a place in the quarter-finals.

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