By TIM FONTENAULT
Julio Cesar became a Brazilian hero on Saturday afternoon.
The 34-year-old goalkeeper, who worked his way into the World Cup squad with excellent performances at Toronto FC, made two crucial saves in a penalty shootout, as Brazil defeated Chile, 3-2, in the shootout to advance to the quarterfinals.
Cesar made one save in 120 minutes of play, stopping a Charles Aránguiz shot from close range in the 64th minute to keep the score level at 1-1. In the shootout, Cesar made world-class stops against Mauricio Pinilla and Alexis Sanchez. Chile would score on the next two kicks, but a shot off the post in the fifth round by Gonzalo Jara secured Brazil’s win.
With his heroic effort, Cesar earns the SBI World Cup Man of the Match award. He claims the honor over goalscorer Chile’s Alexis Sanchez, David Luiz and Neymar, who netted the winning penalty kick.
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