Tactical report FIFA 2014

Brazil had a ‘little extra’ in the end

Julio Cesar, who has saved six of the 18 penalties he has faced over the last five years, saved two more and a miss from Gonzalo Jara ended Chile’s brave defiance.

Chile enjoyed greater possession (56 per cent) through the regulation 90 minutes and looked more threatening than the host, which started with a 4-2-3-1 formation. 

Brazil, with Neymar playing centrally behind Fred, had only six of its 23 shots on target and strangely relied more on long balls and crosses (especially in the first half — 21 of Brazil’s 33 crosses were tried then) to attack, possibly to take advantage of the short stature of the Chilean central defence. 

The team was guilty of wayward passing, as Chile kept a good shape centrally, and had a poor accuracy rate of 69.5 per cent during regulation time (it improved to 72.9 after extra-time), its worst in a World Cup game since 1966.

Chile (3-4-1-2) played with a high backline and Gary Medel, deployed in the centre, did well to largely nullify the Brazilian attacks. He was the standout defender with 12 clearances, three interceptions and two blocks, and was also good at distributing play, completing 52 of 64 passes.

Brazil brought in Jo to run behind the high-pressing Chilean defence and he came close to scoring the winner off a Hulk cross in the 74th minute. The host looked more menacing in extra-time, as Hulk moved in more centrally to add weight to its attack.

Julio Cesar, who has saved six of the 18 penalties he has faced over the last five years, saved two more and a miss from Gonzalo Jara ended Chile’s brave defiance.

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