Chile gear up for tough Confed Cup semi-final against Portugal

Posted June 28, 2017

Copa America champions Chile will try to curb Portugal's superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in tomorrow morning's (Singapore time) Confederations Cup semi-final, with the star forward in rich form despite the tax storm brewing in Spain.

Vidal's Chile side finished behind Germany in Group B to qualify for the last four of the World Cup preparation tournament, while Ronaldo's Portugal topped a group containing Mexico, New Zealand and hosts Russian Federation - who disappointed as they managed just a single win against the Kiwis to stumble out of the competition early.

Some talented youngsters have also been important for Portugal recently, giving hope that the team can continue to succeed even after the most experienced players begin being replaced in the not-so-distant future.

"I thought we played well in many parts of the game; in others, not so well".

He scored one of Portugal's goals in the 4-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday.

"But we had a period in that first half when we allowed them to come into the game and gave ourselves too much to do to get back into it".

The 30-year-old Monaco player made his 100th worldwide appearance with Portugal in the team's win over New Zealand on Saturday.

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Stefan Marinovic was kept busy against Portugal at the Confederations Cup.

Pizzi hopes to have the experienced Aranguiz, 28, fit to partner Arturo Vidal in Chile's defensive midfield core which helped win the Copa America title past year.

Portugal have an ideal mix of young and potent players like Andre Silva, Andre Gomes, Bernardo Silva and Raphael Guereiro led by experienced veterans who have won all and refuse to stop like Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Germany will face Mexico in the second semi-final on Thursday in Sochi. "It doesn't make any difference to us whether it's Mexico or Portugal".

But the Portugal captain made no mistake after Danilo was wrestled to the ground in the area by a combination of Tom Doyle and Tommy Smith following a corner.

New Zealand skipper Chris Wood almost grabbed a lifeline for the All Whites on the hour, but his back-post effort was scrambled off the line by a combination of Rui Patricio and Bruno Alves.

"It's only a matter of time before we start turning these results against top, top teams around".