RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- World Cup veteran goalkeeper Dida made the decisive save to send Gremio into the Brazilian Cup semifinals with a 3-2 shootout win over Corinthians on Wednesday.
The save came in the final attempt from Alexandre Pato in the shootout, which followed a 0-0 draw in regulation in the southern city of Porto Alegre, the same score of the first leg in Sao Paulo.
Dida, who was Pato's teammate at AC Milan, easily made the stop after the striker sent a soft shot into the middle of the goal.
Pato said he thought "Dida was going to pick a side, but he didn't move."
Midfielder Danilo and defender Edenilson had already missed for Corinthians, while Argentine striker Hernan Barcos and Alex Telles failed to convert for Gremio, which will face Atletico Paranaense in the semis.