Chile’s Arturo Vidal reacts after hitting the post against Portugal in the Confederations Cup semi-final. (Reuters: Grigory Dukor)
Claudio Bravo made three penalty saves, as Chile defeated Portugal 3-0 in a penalty shootout to reach the Confederations Cup final in Russia.
Bravo, who missed the first two matches because of injury, stopped penalties by Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani in the semi-final in Kazan, sending Chile to its third straight international final after winning consecutive Copa America titles.
Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez all scored for Chile in the shootout.
The teams had drawn 0-0 after normal and extra time.
The result was justice for Chile, which had a strong penalty appeal turned down in extra time and then saw the ball hit the woodwork twice in a few seconds a few minutes later.
Chile and Portugal both came close in the first 10 minutes but there were few chances after that. Ronaldo was off-form for Portugal and Chile gradually took control.
Chile will play Germany or Mexico in Monday’s (AEST) final in St Petersburg.
More to come.