Good afternoon, sports fans! Hope you had a nice day off. This afternoon we kick off the knockout stages of the competition with one of the most eagerly anticipated ties of the entire round, as Brazil play Chile in Belo Horizonte. Now, Brazil haven’t been especially thrilling so far but they seemed to have found a little more rhythm in their last match against Cameroon. Can they overcome their apparent over-reliance on the magnificent Neymar? We shall see. On the other hand, Chile were magnificent in their group matches. This, however, is the ultimate test of their credibility. Join us from five.
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Gonzalo Jara hits the post, it rebounds out, and Brazil win 3-2.
Neymar dummies twice, Bravo doesn’t move, but goes the wrong way (3-2)
Marcelo Diaz – straight down the middle (2-2)
Hulk SMASH straight into the keeper (2-1)
Aranguiz scores a belter (2-1)
Marcelo – Bravo gets hand to it, but its in (2-0)
Sanchez for Chile – saved again! (1-0)
Willian passes the ball to an advertising hoarding. Awful, awful penalty. (1-0)
Mauricio Pinilla – down the middle, and saved! (1-0)
David Luiz scores (1-0)
Here we go… Brazil first.
Are the crowd chanting “the referee’s a wanker” there?
There’s still a chance that Howard Webb can take centre stage here, of course.
Alan Hansen giving his experiences of penalty shootouts there, and how you feel as you walk to take it.
Then points out he never took a penalty.
As Pinilla hit the bar, the advertising hoarding directly behind the goal said: “now or never”
Full time. We have penalties. And Pinilla would be the last man I’d allow to take a penalty, right now.
Pinilla fires a great chance against the crossbar in injury time, and Ramires hits the last chance of the game inches wide.
Brazil’s fouling is getting less and less subtle.
Alexis Sanchez seemly on the end of about four fouls on the edge of the box, doesn’t go down, doesn’t get a free kick. Its almost like referees want players to dive.
Alan Shearer agrees with “Howard” on Hulk’s disallowed goal, even though he can’t understand how he could give it, because he was so far away. That’ll be why he consulted the linesman…
Three minutes added on.
I don’t understand why Chile have changed their tactics. In sitting deeper, keeping players back, and hitting it long, they’re inviting Brazil onto them, and Brazil are getting chances in front of goal. For the second time in five minutes Keown reckons it’s “come alive again”.
Fred is replaced by Jo, which somehow makes Brazil’s frontline look weaker.
And Harry Redknapp reject Julio Cesar makes a fine save from a Charles Aranguiz shot.
Luis Gustavo next in the book – and he would miss the quarter final. Its like Webb is under orders only to book players who have been booked before.
Chile have gone defensive – just three attackers in the box for their last corner.
And Hulk scores – after controlling the ball with his upper arm, and Howard Webb and Mike Mullarkey decide between them to rule it out and book Hulk.
And now the latest from the England camp… guys? GUYS?
Half time, and the teams leave the field with Gary Medel and Hulk in a pushing match.
Neymar tries a jinking run, but ruins into a Gary Medel shaped wall, the ball falls for Fred who fires it far over the bar. Silva gets booked for the most innocious foul of the match so far, and he’s suspended for the next game.
And we have a goal. Brazil have a throw in near their own corner flag. Marcelo throws it to Hulk who daydreams long enough for Vidal to pick his pocket he plays it past David Luiz who is also half-awake – and Sanchez doesn’t need asking twice. Its 1-1.
Webb has definely left his cards at home, as Fernaninho commits two fouls from behind in thirty seconds. Unless you handle the ball of course, because that’s cheating.
Fantastic scythe from Arturo Vidal leaves Neymar in a heap, but no card from Howard Webb of England.
Or does it go in off Gonzalo Jara’s knee? Either way, we have our first goal.
David Luiz’s first Brazil goal goes in off his knee. 1-0.
And England’s Howard Webb of England books his first player: Eugenio Mena for an obvious if stupid handball. He missed the quarter final if Chile win. Which they’re less likely to do. As the free kick produces a corner which David Luiz taps in at the far post.
Hulk goes down in the box, with Isla just clipping him as they both ran. Webb gives nothing, Wilson & Keown are behind Webb until the third replay, even though the tangle of legs is clear.
Thanks to some idiot in front of me shouting “You want to watch that Marcello, he dives” at a Sheffield United v Ipswich game in 1999, every time that Marcello went near the ball, I can’t hear this Marcelo’s name without the same earworm. and when I say, every time, I mean E-V-E-R-Y time.
I didn’t make the mistake of watching the build up. I shan’t say what I watched, as you will judge me for it.
After Switzerland-Honduras, this is the second match on four days to be a repeat of a match at South Africa, even down to the date. The SWI-HON match went from 0-0 in 2010 to 3-0 in 2014. Will this be the reverse?
And we’re off.
I haven’t moved house. I’ve barely moved off the sofa, truth be told.
I fancy Chile to pip this you know.
I also fancy Howard Webb to give an exceptionally bad decision in Brazil’s favour. Especially if Chile pip this.