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FIFA CONFEDERATION CUP: CLAUDIO BRAVO

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Manchester City’s shot stopper, Claudio Bravo once again turned the hero as he helped his side reach the finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup at the expense of Portugal defeating the European Champions on penalties.

Portugal went into the semi final as Group A winners and were scheduled to meet Chile who finished runners up in a group involving Germany, Australia and Cameroon.

Chile started on the front foot and were to take the lead through Eduardo Vargas but a fine save from Rui Patricio in post for Portugal denied the Chilean.

Bravo were at the other end up to the task as he saved from Andre Silva after a nice cut pass from captain, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The game became a cagey game with less chances between the sides despite each side dominating as minutes wear on. The first half ended 0-0.

The second half started in the same fashion and it was Portugal who could have taken the lead but a smart defending from Gonzalo Jara denied Andre Gomes after he has worked space for himself.

Chile through their talismen, Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal were doing all they could to win the game for the South American Champions but a smart save from Rui Patricio denied yet again, Eduardo Vargas after he hit a bicycle kick in the 64th minute.

The game ended 0-0 after regulation time and needed extra time and possibly penalties to secure which country will make it into Sunday’s final.

Chile nearly won it in the extra time as Vidal’s strike strucked the post with the cross bar denying Charles Aranguiz effort. The game were not to be decided after extra and needed penalties to decide the winner.

Chile took their first three penalties (from Vidal, Sanchez and Aranguiz) correctly and with aplomb but Portugal couldn’t repeat that feat as they saw all their first three penalties from Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani all saved by Claudio Bravo.

Claudio Bravo repeated the heroics that won Chile two Copa America titles at the expense of Argentina today ensuring his side go into Sunday’s final at Moscow.

Congratulations to Chile for reaching the FIFA Confed Cup final.

The second and final semi final will take place at Moscow tomorrow starting 18:00GMT. The contest involves World Cup winners, Germany and Latin America champions, Mexico.

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