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Bravo by name and deed as Chile beat Portugal in Confederations Cup

Claudio Bravo saved three penalties to help Chile into the Confederations Cup final.
Claudio Bravo saved three penalties to help Chile into the Confederations Cup final. Reuters/Carl Recine

Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo lived up to his surname on Wednesday night as he saved three penalties during the Confederations Cup semi final against Portugal. Bravo denied Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani, while Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez scored theirs for the South Americans. 

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"We are satisfied with the result and how we played but we have still not won anything," said Bravo after his heroics in Kazan.

Both Bravo and his Portugal counterpart Rui Patricio were in action just after the start. With just six minutes gone, Sanchez split open the Portugal defence with a pass for Eduardo Vargas but Patricio was alert and blocked the shot.

At the other end seconds later, Cristiano Ronaldo's cross set up Andre Silva but Bravo smothered his effort. Aranguiz twice also went close with efforts.

But, despite the goalmouth incidents, neither side managed the breakthrough and the sem-final moved into extra time.

Chile almost clinched the tie in the dying stages when both Vidal and substitute Martin Rodriguez hit the woodwork. They also had an appeal for a penalty turned down when substitute Francisco Silva appeared to be fouled by Jose Fonte.

"I'm very proud of this team," said Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi. "Claudio pulled off some good saves to keep us in the game. And then he had the ability to foresee where their players would put their kicks."

In the final on Sunday in St Petersburg, Chile will play the winners of Thursday night's match in Sochi between Germany and Mexico.

"It doesn't matter who we get," added Pizzi. "We just need to recover for the final."

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