With Portugal falling in PK’s against Chile, the FC crew wonder if it was smart to keep Ronaldo as their final PK taker.
Claudio Bravo stepped up in a big way, making three clinical penalty saves to send La Roja to the Confederations Cup final.
The FC panel gets heated when another instance of potential VAR usage goes unused for Chile against Portugal.
Claudio Bravo was the hero as Chile advanced to the Confederations Cup final with a 3-0 penalty shootout win over Portugal.
Claudio Bravo was the hero as Chile advanced to the Confederations Cup final with a 3-0 penalty shootout win over Portugal.

Thursday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending…

CONFEDERATIONS CUP: Chile advanced to the Confederations Cup final with a 3-0 penalty shootout defeat of Portugal in Kazan, Russia on Wednesday, following a goalless draw.

– Cristiano Ronaldo will not play in Sunday’s third place playoff after leaving the camp to visit his new-born twins.

– Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo says he’s still not at his best despite saving all three of Portugal’s penalty attempts.

– Portugal boss Fernando Santos has defended the three players who failed to convert their spot kicks.

ARSENAL: The Gunners have had an approach for Thomas Lemar rejected by Monaco, but remain hopeful of sealing a deal for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, a source has told ESPN FC.

CHELSEA: Thibaut Courtois’ agent has said he has held regular meetings with Real Madrid directors at which they “evaluate” the Chelsea goalkeeper’s situation.

REAL MADRID:  Betis president Angel Haro has denied reports that Real Madrid are on the verge of signing midfielder Dani Ceballos.

BAYERN MUNICH: President Uli Hoeness says the Bundesliga champions are in the business of buying young players to strengthen the side, possibly indicating Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is not in the club’s summer plans. 

– Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen has described Serge Gnabry as an “exciting player,” amid reports that they could take the winger on loan.

– Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman was taken into police custody on Monday and questioned over allegations of domestic violence against his former girlfriend, according to multiple reports in France.

BOURNEMOUTH: Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has completed a move to Bournemouth on a three-year deal.

MAN UNITEDManchester United striker Anthony Martial appears to have dismissed speculation that he wants to leave the club this summer.

– Manchester United are set to sign Northern Ireland under-17 captain Ethan Galbraith.

AC MILAN: Sunderland striker Fabio Borini is undergoing a medical ahead of a return to Serie A.

BOURNEMOUTH: Nathan Ake is on the verge of joining Bournemouth from Chelsea in a £20 million transfer expected to be finalised within the next 48 hours, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

QPR: Steven Caulker has told the Guardian he contemplated taking his own life as he tried to deal with alcohol and gambling addictions and mental health problems. 

MEXICO: Three players currently with Mexico at the Confederations Cup will join up with the squad that will compete in the Gold Cup, the Mexican Football Federation announced.

ARGENTINA: Police and tax inspectors have carried out a court-ordered search at a casino attached to the hotel that is preparing to host the wedding of Lionel Messi, authorities said, though they denied any connection with the coming nuptials.

UNITED STATES:  Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has told The Times that the Garcia report into corruption around the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids is “not even worth the paper it has been written on” and questioned why U.S. Soccer was absolved after he and Sepp Blatter met President Barack Obama.

MLS: Los Angeles FC, the expansion team due to enter the MLS in 2018, is close to agreeing a two-year deal for Wesley Sneijder to become its first Designated Player, sources have told ESPN FC.

– FC Cincinnati continued its fairy-tale run in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday with a 3-1 penalty shootout win over the Chicago Fire to reach the quarterfinals. FULL REVIEW

– Minnesota United FC has agreed to terms on a deal with winger Sam Nicholson that will make him a Loon through 2019, sources have told ESPN FC.

SWANSEA: Swansea have signed Dutch goalkeeper Erwin Mulder on a free transfer, the Premier League club have announced.

LIVERPOOL: Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield, former chief constable Sir Norman Bettison and four other individuals have been charged with offences relating to the Hillsborough disaster, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

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