Brazil advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday with a 3-2 shootout win over Chile after a tense and thrilling battle that ended 1-1 after extra time in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Neymar, David Luiz and Marcelo scored in the shootout, and Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar saved two penalties before watching Gonzalo Jara's final attempt hit the post.

"My teammates are giving me a lot of strength on the field, so I give my best," Cesar said. "We're just three steps away, and I hope to give another interview with Brazil partying."

Brazil, which extended its 39-year unbeaten streak in home competitive matches to 61, will face Colombia in the quarterfinals.

Neither team managed to score at the Mineirao Stadium after first-half goals from Luiz and Alexis Sanchez, but Brazil came close to an early exit when Mauricio Pinilla's shot hit the crossbar in the final moments of extra time.

Chile also had the best chance in the second half, when Cesar's spectacular save on Charles Aranguiz's shot kept the score even.

Brazil has reached the quarterfinals of each World Cup since Argentina eliminated it in the second round in 1990. Getting knocked out at that stage in its own World Cup would have been a disaster.

But the Brazilians overcame their nerves in the shootout, with Neymar scoring the final penalty after Cesar stopped spot kicks from Pinilla and Sanchez.


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"We tried to give everything, we tried to fight for a dream, and we didn't achieve it," Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal said.

Colombia 2, Uruguay 0: James Rodriguez scored one of the best goals of the tournament and added a second to put Colombia into the quarterfinals for the first time with a victory in Rio de Janeiro.

Rodriguez added to his growing list of memorable moments in Brazil when he scored with a long-range volley as he turned in the 28th minute. He scored the second from close range shortly after the break as Colombia dominated a Uruguay side that sorely missed banned striker Luis Suarez.

"I think now the toughest is coming up," Rodriguez said of facing Brazil. "I'm happy because we are making history, and as a young man I dreamed of being here. And, of course, we want to do even more."

Rodriguez has a tournament-leading five goals.

Uruguay, meanwhile, simply couldn't find anyone to fill the absence of Suarez. The team struggled badly in attack, and replacement striker Diego Forlan was substituted in the 53rd after a disappointing performance in what was likely his final World Cup appearance.

Suarez states case: Suarez told FIFA's disciplinary panel that he did not deliberately bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 victory Tuesday. His contention that he lost his balance and fell on Chiellini will now be presented to FIFA's appeal panel, after his national federation notified FIFA late Friday that it would challenge the nine-match, four-month ban.

"In no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite," Suarez wrote in Spanish in a letter dated June 25.

Mexico: Coach Miguel Herrera will make one change to his starting lineup to face the Netherlands in the second round -- and says his team is "ready to make history" Sunday.

Versatile midfielder Carlos Salcido will replace suspended Jose Juan Vazquez in Fortaleza, Herrera said, while forward Javier Hernandez is set to keep his role as a second-half substitute.

"We have a great atmosphere and a great attitude going into this game, and that is key. But we also have to play very well because we are facing a very difficult opponent," Herrera said.

Switzerland: The World Cup is over for backup forward Mario Gavranovic after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a training session ahead of Switzerland's Round of 16 match against Argentina in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.