5 Things We Learned From Brazil 1-1 Chile – Brazil win 3-2 on penalties


1. The Dream Is Still Alive

Pandemonium erupted throughout Brazil as the hosts made it through to the last 16 in the most dramatic way possible.

Gonzalo Jara’s penalty miss sparked delirium, as Brazil’s dream – and the country’s expected reality – stayed alive. They can still win this World Cup, and after coming through this they’ll probably be feeling that their name is on the trophy for a sixth time.

2. The World Cup Will Be Poorer Without Chile

Whereas the dream remained alive for one South American side, this was desperately harsh on Chile.

Led by the excellent Gary Medel at the back, they were absolutely superb here, just as they have been throughout the tournament. It is a tournament which is all the poorer for their exit, but they leave with their heads held high.

3. Brazil’s Lack Of A Decent Forward Is Crippling Them

For the first hour it was Fred and then for the second it was Jo. Neither one was any good as Brazil’s staggering lack of quality in the centre-forward position was shown up yet again.

It must now have reached the point where Luiz Felipe Scolari considered adopting the ‘False 9’ approach of previous World Cup winners Spain in 2010, as surely anything would be better than this. An additional hard-working midfielder such as Willian would surely free up space for Neymar further forward, where he wouldn’t bump into one of his bumbling teammates.

4. Forget The Miss, Alexis Sanchez Is One Of The Best Forwards In The World

Barcelona’s seemingly endless desire to shake up their attack has apparently led them to look at Luis Suarez, but they’ve got a pretty decent forward of their own closer to home.

Alexis Sanchez has proved his worth for Chile throughout this tournament, showcasing that his game is about much more than just simply scoring goals, although he managed that here too. If Barca are serious about signing Suarez and are going to let Sanchez go, then there will be a very good forward available for someone, and that’s regardless of his penalty miss.

5. Howard Webb Won’t Be Allowed Back To Brazil

It is an incredibly tough thing to say, but Webb actually refereed this game pretty well.

The Rotherham copper kept a lid on a match which threatened to boil over on several occasions, but that won’t placate Brazil supporters who spent the majority of their afternoon bellowing at the English official. Assistant referee Mike Mullarkey was responsible for the biggest call of the day when he ruled out Hulk’s goal for an apparent handball, and both probably won’t want to holiday in Belo Horizonte in the years to come.