Brazil tries to regroup for World Cup quarters

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) Brazil is trying to regroup for the rest of the World Cup after narrowly avoiding a humiliating elimination from its home tournament.

The hosts needed a penalty shootout to beat Chile in a tense second-round match on Saturday, extending a run that could have ended just four matches into the competition.

After the final Chile penalty hit the post, Brazil players dropped to the ground, with many of them crying after coming so close to defeat in front of their fans.

Players and coaches didn’t hide their relief, but their focus has soon turned to the quarterfinal against Colombia on Friday in Fortaleza. The aim now is to try to fix the mistakes that led to a disappointing performance in Belo Horizonte.