The 34-year-old goalkeeper struggled to take it all in after saving two spot-kicks as the Selecao triumphed in Belo Horizonte on Saturday
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Cesar produced two crucial saves, with Gonzalo Jara striking the post with his penalty, which meant Brazil advanced to the last eight..
The goalkeeper was part of the Selecao side eliminated by Netherlands in the last eight in South Africa four years ago, so was left struggling to contain his joy after helping his side into the quarter-finals.
“I thank my team-mates," Cesar told reporters after the game. "I am emotional, moved, but also happy.
"Only God and my family can understand what I’ve been through and am still going through today. They gave me so much strength.
“I was crying in desperation four years ago, but now I cry tears of joy. There are still many games left to play, but I dream of celebrating.”
Brazil had taken the lead through Luiz 18 minutes in only to see Chile equaliser through Alexis Sanchez just after the half-hour mark.
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“We expected a difficult game despite a good first half,” the former Inter shot-stopper explained. “After the [Chile] equaliser we ran into problems.
"It was complicated, as we are playing on home turf and the pressure is enormous."