It’s a painful exit for Portugal, but on the balance of play, it’s the right result. On paper, Chile should get nowhere near Portugal, but just as at the Copa America, Chile find a way. They should have won it in 120 minutes, but Claudio Bravo’s heroics in the shoot-out help them progress to the final, which will be against one of Germany and Mexico.
Bravo is hoisted into the air by his Chile team-mates but they can’t seem to bounce him in the air, they are just too tired, so they resort to a good old-fashioned bundle.
It’s Cristiano Ronaldo versus Alexis Sanchez this evening, as the champions of Europe and South America lock horns for a place in the Confederations Cup final.
Portugal and Chile meet in a mouthwatering semi-final which pits two of the game’s best players against each other at the Kazan Arena.
Ronaldo is the obvious dangerman for the Portuguese, having netted twice in the tournament already as he puts speculation over his Real Madrid future to one side.
Sanchez has become Chile’s all-time leading goalscorer during the tournament when he moved past Marcelo Salas and will be crucial if the Group B runners-up are to claim a place in this weekend’s final against either Germany or Mexico.
Portuguese left-back Raphael Guerreiro is a doubt, while Pepe is suspended, while Chile can have all 23 players available.
Alexis Sanchez’s Chile are first through to the Confederations Cup final on penalties after a star turn from Claudio Bravo.
The Chileans appeared to snatch victory in the closing moments of extra-time when Arturo Vidal hit the bar, and then Martin Rodriguez did the same off the rebound.
But it was down to a shootout to decide who would face Mexico or Germany in the decider and the Manchester City keeper proved the hero.
Three saves from the much-maligned Blues stopper meant Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t even get a chance to shoot from the spot as he Euro 2016 champions bowed out.