Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar kept the host nation's hopes of World Cup glory alive on Saturday, saving two spot-kicks in a shootout against Chile to send it into the last eight 3-2 on penalties following a pulsating 1-1 draw after extra time.

Four years to the day since Brazil eliminated Chile at the same stage of the 2010 tournament, it did it again when Gonzalo Jara crashed his spot-kick against the post after Cesar had twice denied the battling Chileans.

Man-of-the-match Cesar, heavily criticized four years ago after Brazil's World Cup exit to the Netherlands, also made an outstanding save in the second half of normal time as the five-time champions moved unconvincingly into a quarterfinal against Uruguay or Colombia.