Brazil – Chile Round of 16 Match 1

The result went the way I thought it might, but not in the manner that I thought. Rather than stamping their authority over the match as would be expected of someone with hopes of being world champion it would be fair to say that they scraped through. It was a fantastic Chilean effort and at the end of it all the penalties decided the game.

Refereeing seems to have a major part though. For eg. if the Hulk goal, which seemed legal, was allowed maybe the Brazilian attitude would have been way different. At the same time Brazil played appallingly at defence.

Finally stamina – it felt like that really impacted a lot of the penalty hits. In fact I thought that even Neymar would fail his penalty but this young man seems to be stepping up in all the right ways.

Great work by both goalkeepers with special kudos to the Chilean one.

So final result – Brazil sneaks through on penalties.

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