Brazil’s victory over Chile at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte on Saturday was anything but easy.
The Selecao took the lead after 18 minutes, but were pegged back just after the half-hour mark when a defensive mistake led Alexis Sanchez to score the equaliser.
The hosts had a goal disallowed, created chances during the rest of the normal 90 minutes and in extra time - but so did their South American rivals.
As a matter of fact, Chile could have won it in the final seconds of extra time had Mauricio Pinilla’s fiercely-struck shot not come back off the Brazil crossbar.
The match eventually went to penalties and Gonzalo Jara’s failure to convert his spot kick saw Chile lose the shootout 3-2, allowing their opponents to progress to the quarter-finals.
The Brazil players subsequently erupted in joy, and one man in particular was very emotional: David Luiz.
It has been an eventful summer for the 27-year-old Brazil star, who became the most expensive defender in world football following his £50 million move from Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain before the World Cup.
On Saturday, it was the versatile Luiz who had opened the scoring for Brazil in the first half when he bundled the ball in from just yards out. He was also the player who took his side’s first penalty in the shootout.
After the victory, Luiz broke down into tears and was clearly emotional while celebrating with his teammates.
It was probably more due to relief than anything else, as after over 120 nervous minutes of fantastic football, finally Brazil were going through to the quarter-finals.
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