Vidal off after sinking Portugal
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A solitary goal by Arturo Vidal proved enough to send Chile into the last eight of Canada 2007 but he was sent off as they defeated nine-man Portugal at Edmonton's boiling hot and passionate Commonwealth Stadium on 12 July, 2007.

Chile striker Alexis Sanchez was causing problems for Portugal as early as the fifth minute when he curled an unexpected low free-kick into the box and his attempted trick shot almost paid off, though Rui Patricio scrambled the ball away at his near post. Chile pressed hard and the Portuguese goalkeeper banged his head on the woodwork after producing a great stop to palm away Nicolas Medina's header. Rui Patricio was finally beaten just before half-time when Mauricio Isla's free-kick was nodded on by Medina and Vidal volleyed in from close range.

Portugal played better after the break but Chile were still more threatening and Dagoberto Currimilla went close when he hit the side-netting after being released by Sanchez with a defence-splitting diagonal ball. Portugal had Zequinha and Mano sent off as they lost their cool when tempers flared in the final minute and Vidal also saw red after he received his second yellow in stoppage time.The Chileans will now fly to Montreal for a quarter-final tie against Nigeria on 15 July, while Portugal head back to Europe.