The Manchester City Goal keeper was the hero of the night as he fended off spot kick attempts thrice from Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani, to deny the portuguese a spot in the Confederation cup finals, Chile beat Portugal 3-0 on penalties in the Confederations Cup semi-finals, with Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez all on target for the Copa America champions.
Chile had been denied a clear penalty during the second period of extra-time and hit the woodwork twice in quick succession soon after, but they wrapped up the win in a very convincing manner in Kazan to further their campaign.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and the major talking point of the Portuguese side did not step up to take a spot-kick and gave little to worry about throughout the course of the game, save for his early pass to Andreas Silva which he failed to convert; all thanks to the Chilean blockade in the person of Claudio Bravo and his spot kick which was well off target, minutes into the 2nd half of the game.
At the end of it all, it was a deserved victory for Chile, who also won both of their Copa America titles from the spot after the matches ended goalless, the match however begun at a promising pace when an early throughball from Sanchez to Eduardo Vargas came to nothing when Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio dived at the forward’s feet, before Bravo kept out Andre Silva at the other end.
The game cried for a goal and both teams were at deadlock to respond as Aranguiz missed opportunities to break the deadlock and Andre Gomes also failed to deliver by dragging an awful shot well wide off target in the second half but all through Chile were looking the better side to go ahead as they dominated possession at half time and had proved to possess stock coming into the fixture.
Vidal jumped too early to meet a well-weighted hanging cross, sending the ball high and wide, but Vargas heroically drew a save from Patricio when he shaped himself brilliantly to unleash a powerful overhead kick.
Sanchez positioned himself to draw first blood in extra-time but the Arsenal man’s header curled wide having initially looked to be heading for the bottom corner.
When it came time for penalty shoot-out, Portugal produced three poor penalties, an assertion which can be seen from the resulting effect, the efforts from Quaresma and Moutinho were docked in the same direction and bravo had no problem holding those off and Nani stuttered to a strike that failed to evade Bravo making him the hero of the game and sparking off celebrations among the Chile squad, Chile would face Mexico or Germany, come Sunday’s final.