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Brazil edge out Chile on penalties

Hosts Brazil have kept alive their dream of winning the World Cup on home soil. In the first of the Round of 16 ties, the five-time world champions squeezed past determined Chile 3-2 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw after normal and extra time. The 57,714 crowd in Belo Horizonte saw David Luiz open the scoring after 18 minutes, but Alexis Sanchez levelled on the half-hour. The match-winner from the point of view of the home team, for whom Dante was an unused sub for the fourth time, was keeper Julio Cesar with two penalty saves in the shootout. In the quarter-finals A Seleçao now meet Colombia, 2-0 winners over Uruguay in the second last sixteen clash.

FCB trio in the top ten

Fourteen Bayern men were present in Brazil at the start of the World Cup two weeks ago, and 12 have made it through to the last sixteen. The FCB stars have performed with great credit too: Thomas Müller lies second in the tournament scoring chart on four goals, with three more Munich players in the top ten list according to the official tournament statistics: Arjen Robben, Daniel van Buyten and Xherdan Shaqiri are currently sixth, seventh and eighth. Prior to the last sixteen ties, the list was topped by Colombian shooting star James Rodriguez, who also now tops the scoring chart on five goals after a brace in his country’s victory over Uruguay.