Claudio Bravo may have endured a difficult season in the Premier League with Manchester City, but on the international stage the experienced ‘keeper continues to star for Chile.
In Wednesday night’s Confederations Cup semi-final against European champions Portugal, the 34-year-old was the star of the show in the penalty shoot-out, saving all three penalties and thus booking his side’s place in the final.
The game itself was a rather dull affair, although Chile did have a decent claim for a penalty themselves in extra-time, with the South Americans also hitting the woodwork twice in succession late on.
However, ultimately, it would all come down to a shoot-out.
While Chile’s first three spot-kick takers, Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez. were all successful, Portugal’s three takers, Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani saw their efforts thwarted by a heroic Bravo.
Incredibly, that haul of three saves for Bravo equals the total he managed in the Premier League in 2017.
While Bravo looks likely to leave the Etihad. after an uninspiring first campaign in England, the former Barcelona man at least looks like finishing the season on a high with Chile.