Brazil Exhales After Ousting Chile by the Slimmest of Margins

After Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar had made two shootout saves, Gonzalo Jara hit the right post, and the ball bounced back across the mouth of the goal and safely away.

updated: June 29, 2014 08:48 IST
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Julio Cesar took much of the blame for Brazil's loss to the Netherlands in 2010 World Cup, and many said he should no longer be Brazil's starting goalkeeper.

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Belo Horizonte: With the pressure of an anxious nation bearing down on them with each passing minute, the Brazilian players teetered on the brink of a defeat that would have wounded a country's soul. (Match highlights)

Brave Chile was refusing to back down, demonstrating to 57,714 howling fans at Estadio Mineirao and millions more watching at homes, restaurants and bars that they had the nerve to stand up to the mighty host nation through 120 minutes of the most tense and exhilarating soccer seen so far at the 2014 World Cup.

After 30 minutes, it looked like the most fast-paced, breathtaking game of the tournament. After 90 minutes, the teams were even, at 1-1, after Chile had controlled play through much of the second half, leaving the Brazilian fans nervous and agitated. Through 30 draining minutes of extra time - which included a thunderous Chilean shot that struck the crossbar in the 120th minute, inches from knocking Brazil out - neither team could take a lead.

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