World Cup Brazil: Julio Cesar and his cage keep Brasil in World Cup 2014
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 26, June 2014
Rio de Janeiro — With two stopped penalies,
goalkeeper Julio Cesarwas the hero of
Brasilin the second round of World Cup 2014 in Brazil against the
soccer team of Chile. In the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte penalty kicks were needed to decide which team would go through as in regular time the score was 1-1. In overtime there were no goals either.
In the first quarter of the soccer match between the two South American teams, defender David Luiz scored for Brasil after a corner, although it seems the Chilean Gonzalo Jara hit the ball as well.
Fifteen minutes later Chilean soccer player Eduardo Vargas saw that his teammate
Alexis Sanchezwas completely on after fumbling of Hulk.
The FC Barcelona striker took advantage of the opportunity with a good shot in the left corner of Julio Cesar's cage: 1-1.
Julio Cesar, the hero of the day
To make up for his mistake, later Hulk thought to be clever by moving the ball with his muscular arm in order to score and allowing Team Brazil the lead. However, the excellent referee Howard Webb disallowed the goal justly and moreover, he treated Hulk a yellow card. Luiz Gustavo also got a yellow card and is suspended for the next match.
Thanks to good old goalie Julio Cesar, Brasil was still alive after a great save on a shot by Charles Aránguiz. Chile was the better team and was aiming for the victory. On the other side however, substitute player Jô (brought in for Fred) almost scored Brasil's second goal.
Because Brasil and Chile were not able to decide which one could cry victory within ninety minutes, overtime was necessary. There were no goals in the extra thirty minutes either, although the Chilean striker Mauricio Pinilla was very near after a great shot at the bar, two minutes before time. Anyway, ultimately a penalty shootout was necessary to decide which of the two exhausted soccer teams would go through to the last eight.
In the nerve-racking penalty shootout, Brasil scored three times (David Luiz, Marcelo and Neymar; Willian and Hulk missed) but the bravehearts from Chile scored only twice.
Brasil was saved by Julio Cesar and the cage: the last penalty of Chile was shot at the post and what to think of Pinilla's shot at the bar... If Brasil wins World Cup 2014, this cage will probably end up in a sports museum!
Matches & Standings Second Round - World Cup 2014