Chile put together a valiant effort on Saturday, losing to hosts Brazil in a penalty shootout in the 2014 World Cup round of 16. The teams were tied 1-1 after 120 minutes but the Selecao eventually emerged victorious on penalties, winning the shootout 3-2.
La Roja's performance against the tournament favourites was phenomenal, however, and they came within inches of eliminating Brazil late in extra time, hitting the crossbar.
The standout performer was once again Alexis Sanchez, who leveled the score after David Luiz had put the Brazilians in front off a set piece. Bleacher Report UK has the Vine:
Via Football Express, the forward celebrated in spectacular fashion:
Sanchez was truly dominant playing up front for Chile, keeping the Brazilian defence occupied for the full 120 minutes. ESPN FC's Max Bretos thought he and Arturo Vidal played fantastic football on Saturday:
Goal's Cristian Nyari agreed:
Squawka Football shared statistical proof of Sanchez's dominance:
Phil Neville also didn't hide his admiration:
Jan Aage Fjortoft thinks Sanchez could be in line for a big-money move away from Barcelona during the summer transfer window:
Sanchez's World Cup was phenomenal but ended on a bitter note: He was one of three Chileans to miss during the shootout, per Futbol Bible:
By that time, Vidal had already been substituted out of the match. The Juventus midfielder is still recovering from a knee injury and played through the entire World Cup on a bad leg.
LIV Sports was impressed, though they appeared to be more impressed by his hair:
Via The Globe's Cathal Kelly, it seemed more people were:
Add Graham Ruthven to the list:
Thankfully, Squawka actually felt like talking about his on-pitch performances rather than his appearance:
Vidal was vital in keeping Brazil's talented midfield in check, making several timely tackles. One can only imagine what he would have been able to do on this day had he been completely healthy, as he also happens to be Juventus' normal penalty-taker.
He was still great, however, per The Times' James Ducker:
ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan shared the distance he had traveled by the time he came off the pitch—he ran more than any of his teammates while playing on a busted knee:
It wasn't enough to inspire the Chileans to a win, however, making this the fourth time they've been eliminated by the Brazilians in a World Cup.
La Roja can still look back on a spectacular campaign in which they eliminated defending champions Spain and took hosts and favourites Brazil to the very end of their abilities.
This golden generation of Chilean talent is only just blossoming, and the future looks very bright for La Roja.
Brazil will lick their wounds following a long, emotional match and have a quarter-final date against the winners of Colombia v Uruguay to look forward to.
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