Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was the hero for Chile with three penalty saves. Photo: Reuters
Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was the hero for Chile with three penalty saves. Photo: Reuters
Ricardo Quaresma watches as Claudio Bravo blocks his penalty. Photo: Reuters
Ricardo Quaresma watches as Claudio Bravo blocks his penalty. Photo: Reuters
Nani's weak attempt was easily kept out by Claudio Bravo. Photo: Reuters
Nani's weak attempt was easily kept out by Claudio Bravo. Photo: Reuters

KAZAN, Russia – Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved three successive penalties to give them a 3-0 shoot-out win over Portugal after their Confederations Cup semi-final had ended goalless on Wednesday.

Bravo stopped Portugal’s first three spot kicks from Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani, while Chile converted their first three kicks to win the clash of South American and European champions.

The result was justice for Chile after they hit the woodwork with two successive shots in the dying seconds of extra time.

There was also controversy shortly before that, when Chile winger Alexis Sanchez went down in the box under a Jose Fonte tackle, but the referee did not consult the Video Assistant Referees (VARs) even though contact seemed to be made.

The South Americans now await the winner of the second semi-final at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Thursday, between Germany and Mexico, for Sunday’s final in St Petersburg.

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