After 120 minutes of intense action at the 2014 World Cup, the round of 16 match between Brazil and Chile was decided by penalty kicks. At the very end, Neymar was able to score his shot but Gonzalo Jara hit it off the post to help Brazil advance to the next round.
Bleacher Report captured the drama of the situation:
OFF THE POST! Brazil advances 3-2 on penalty kicks! #WorldCup— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 28, 2014
ESPN FC provided a look at how close the final shot came to going in:
Unbelievable ending. THIS CLOSE. pic.twitter.com/rDfnLkJvwz— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 28, 2014
Bill Barnwell of Grantland pointed out that Jara thought it was good:
You can see Jara take a satisfied step away from the spot like he’s scored, too. Not sure how that didn’t go in.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) June 28, 2014
This would have extended the competition further but instead Neymar's final score ended up being the game-winner. Obviously, this is something that will stay with Jara for a long time. Zach Lowe of Grantland was one of many attempting to feel the emotions:
I can't....that guy Jara...oh my god— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 28, 2014
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports discussed the lasting effect of the missed shot:
God I feel sick for Jara. I hate watching people fail while isolated. That's the stuff that haunts forever.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) June 28, 2014
The entire Chile squad were stunned after such a great effort to almost knock off the hosts in the round of 16:
The look of a team that just lost on penalties. Stunned. pic.twitter.com/kVN6Y8oAps— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 28, 2014
Of course, the true hero in final moments was Julio Cesar, who made two saves against the penalties to keep Brazil ahead.
He was clearly emotional in his post-match interview, via James Horncastle of BT Sport:
Julio Cesar in tears remembering the heartache of four years ago pic.twitter.com/Lo1rMl3nST— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) June 28, 2014
With David Luiz, Marcelo and Neymar all making their shots, Brazil were able to survive a tough test and continue on at the World Cup. Tim Bontemps of the New York Post was confident that the nation's best player would come through when he was called:
There was no way Neymar was missing that one.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 28, 2014
On the other hand, United States women's star Alex Morgan described the heartbreak for Chile:
Feel sad for Chile after putting everything out there. Could have gone either way at any moment... Just part of the game!— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) June 28, 2014
In reality, this entire competition was incredible from start to finish. Brazil entered the tournament as the top contender to bring home a title and did not disappoint in the group stage. However, Chile showed that they were up to the task with a win over Spain to earn the second spot in their group, setting them up for an exciting battle against their fellow South American squad in the round of 16.
From start to finish, this was an exciting battle between what are clearly two of the best teams in the world. Brazil got the early lead on a goal by Luiz in the 18th minute off a corner kick. In the 32nd minute, Alexis Sanchez was able to get the equaliser to make it 1-1 at halftime.
After the match went into extra time, Chile had a chance to win the match in the final moments, but came up with a shot at the crossbar:
Obviously, the woodwork ended up playing a big role again with the final shot nailing the post, sealing Chile's fate after an excellent match.
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