The Selecao sealed a place in the last eight of the World Cup and while there is plenty to improve on they have overcome a significant hurdle
By Ben Hayward at the Estadio Mineirao
The tension was almost unbearable, as Brazil beat Chile in a penalty shootout charged with drama and anxiety on Saturday. It wasn't what the fans had expected, but they'll take it - and so will Brazil. Luiz Felipe Scolari's side survived a significant scare and are still in the World Cup. Right now, that's all that matters.
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The woodwork intervened again in the shootout to deny Chile's Gonzalo Jara and send the Belo Horizonte fans into raptures. Jara had to score and had he done so, La Roja looked like potential winners, having held the hosts on home soil over 120 minutes and then forced their way back into the shootout from 2-0 down.
Hulk appeared to have atoned for his mistake in the second half, but his strike was ruled out as the assistant referee adjudged he had brought the ball down with his upper arm. Replays proved inconclusive, but Brazilians were furious.
Chile enjoyed more of the possession after that, but failed to take advantage in attacking areas. Alexis, in particular, was guilty of poor decision-making. But Brazil were worse, lumping long balls forward and barely able to string several passes together. What had happened to Jogo Bonito?
Scolari's side went on the front foot in extra time and Chile had goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to thank for several saves. And after Chile almost won it through Pinilla, Brazil also came close at the other end.
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It still might be. World Cup winners often come through tough tests like this en route to the trophy. But after the euphoria dies down, Scolari has much to address to improve this team - and restore the fine football needed alongside the champions' courage they showed on Saturday.