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Confederations Cup: Bravo scorns Portugal and sends Chile into the final

Ⓒ AFP – Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV – | Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo stops the strike of Portuguese striker Nani in the half-time penalty shoot-out of the Confederations Cup on June 28, 2017 in Kazan

Three Portuguese shootouts, all stopped by Claudio Bravo: the goalkeeper and captain of Chile has propelled his team to the final of the Confederations Cup by eliminating Portugal from Cristiano Ronaldo (0-0 ap, 3-0 tab), Wednesday Kazan.

The two nations were participating for the first time in the continental championship tournament, so Chile will face the final Sunday in St. Petersburg, against the winner of the half Germany-Mexico disputed Thursday.

It will be the third final in three years for the Roja, who won the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Copa America, each time against Messi Argentina, and each time … on penalties . And each time with a stop of Bravo.

On Wednesday, he made three: the thirty-year-old rejected the attempts of Quaresma, Moutinho and Nani, while Vidal, Aranguiz and Sanchez succeeded theirs. Bravo had missed the first two matches of the tournament, convalescent, and was at fault in the 1-1 draw against Australia. But here he is again the great hero of his country.

– Ronaldo impotent –

A great hero, Ronaldo has not even had the chance to try his shot at goal, powerless. Only two titles are missing (with the exception of the Europa League), and this “Cup of Conf” is vanishing for him, while the next World Cup is looming in a year.

And with a penalty shootout, the four-time Ballon d’Or had a mixed match. He often took the left-hand depth in the first period, but failed to stick in the center line. Then he played collective, fixing the defenders clustered on him to serve a partner, like this good ball for André Silva (7th). Half a chance to put in the tooth, this head largely unscored (5th). But no shot of the foot!

He could finally strike after the break, but without showing himself really dangerous. A powerful shot on Bravo (58th), then a free-kick over the bar (65th), and a corner deflected after a nice counterattack, where his egoism reappeared (72nd). A too crossed head too (85th). And that was all …

Impotent, he suddenly began to show annoyance, after a pass addressed in the back of Andre Gomes (82e): arms raised, then on the hips, as one scolds a child. Then a similar gesture towards Cedric, guilty of a missed pass for Quaresma (107th).

It was that there was a place in the final in play, and this was seen during a tight, intense game at times, tense often. With a slight Chilean domination, but a match that could rock on both sides at any time.

– Double trigger flashes –

For it was a story of double relaxation fulgurances. And the best for the end, at the end of the overtime and in favor of Chile, when Vidal shot on the post and the ball was taken by Rodriguez on the bar (119th).

Another shot on Chilean strike, Aranguiz placed a head uncrossed to the pole (29th) and then picked up from the tibia and unscrewed while he was well placed (30th).

And from tac to tac: launched by Sanchez, Vargas lost his duel against Rui Patricio well out (6th); In the stride Ronaldo centered in depth for André Silva but Bravo stopped his angle well (7th).

Tagged: Vargas acrobatic takeover Rui Patricio was out (57th); Then offside on the left, Ronaldo sent a powerful shot repulsed by Bravo (58th). As a symbol of the fate that would befall the game. Bravo Bravo, bye bye Ronaldo.

Results of the first round preliminary round matches of the Champions League played Tuesday and Wednesday:

Alashkert FC (FC) – FC Santa Coloma (AND) 1-0

Vikingur (FRO) – Trepça 89 (KOS) 2-1

Hibernians FC (MLT) – FCI Tallinn (EST) 2-0

The New Saints FC (WAL) – Europa FC (GIB) 1-2

Wednesday 28 June

Linfield FC (NIR) – SP La Fiorita (SMR) 1-0

Matches back Tuesday 4 July.

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