Chile edges Portugal with 3-0 penalty shootout win for 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup final
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DUSHANBE, 29.06.2017. /NIAT Khovar/. The main time of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup semifinal match on Wednesday night in Russia's Kazan between teams Chile and Portugal ended with scoreless 0-0 draw, which remained unchanged after two takes of the overtime period. The Chileans, however, eventually recorded an impressive 3-0 win in the penalty shootout to secure the berth in the final match of the tournament this Sunday, TASS reports.
The match at the over 41,500-seat capacity Kazan Arena in the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan boosted off at 9:00 p.m. local time (18:00 GMT) and was the fourth international fixture between Portugal and Chile.
The European team had been undefeated in its meetings against Chile until tonight boasting two victories and one draw during their past encounters.
The opening ten minutes of the match yielded plenty of excitement for football fans as both teams offered numerous chances to score the opener in their aggressive offences on opponent's goal.
Having tested each other on the offensive in the opening ten minutes of the first half of the game, both teams seemed to be more cautious in the following minutes, but Chile was the first to be handed a yellow card into 24th minute, when defender Gonzalo Jara tried to steal the ball from Andre Silva from behind and after they were both falling down he stepped on the right foot of Portugal's forward.
Six minutes later Portugal was also handed a yellow card after its midfielder William delivered a hard push in the back of Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal.
Portugal's Andre Silva was penalized with another yellow card for his team less than three minutes remaining before the break as he emotionally voiced his disagreement in regard to one of the match's referees.
One minute of the added time in the first half changed nothing and saw both teams retreating to their locker rooms for the break with scoreless 0-0 draw flashing on the large screens of Kazan Arena.
Official statistics showed that Chile had the ball possession advantage of 56 percent compared to 44 percent of Portugal in the first half of the match, while the Portuguese side had seven attempts on the opponent's goal against four from Chile.
The first quarter of an hour into the second half seemed as a replay of the opening 45-minute period of the match as both teams exchanged cutting-edge attacks on each other's goal nets, which were saved for the most part by the momentous reaction of their goalkeepers.
Although the tensions mounted between the two teams in the closing minutes of the second half, the teams of Chile and Portugal had to take another break as they went into the overtime period to determine one of the two contenders seeking to grab the much coveted Confederations Cup trophy.
It was the UEFA Champs, Portugal, to be booked with another yellow card in the overtime first 10-minute stretch as the card was handed to defender Jose Fonte into 96th minute of the tightly-contested semifinal game.
The teams left the pitch of Kazan Arena for a short break before the second part of the overtime period again with 0-0 flashing on the scoreboard. The next stretch of the overtime decider saw another yellow card for Portugal's defender Cedric and still ended with 0-0 draw.
During the penalty shootout after the overtime, Chile's goaltender Claudio Bravo blocked four shots out five for his squad, while his teammates scored almost all of their offensive chances kicking the ball into the net of the Portuguese team three times sealing the final score of 3-0 in their favor.
Source: National information agency of Tajikistan