Portugal vs Chile
League: FIFA Confederations Cup Semi-Final
Date: Wednesday, 28th June 2017
Time: Kick off at 19:00
Venue: Kazan Arena, Kazan
Portugal scored easily in group A, and is based on her strong game the main candidate to write this edition of the Confederations Cup on her name. However, from now on, each mistake is immediately fatal. “We’re ready,” said Eliseu defender. “We know what to do to reach the final.”
Of course, the Portuguese is all about Cristiano Ronaldo. The superstar is accused of tax evasion in Spain and he wants to go to his Real Madrid club, but those rumors do not adversely affect his game. Against Russia (1-0 win) signed CR7 for the only match of the match and also against New Zealand (4-0 win) he made a dice in the pocket. Cristiano Ronaldo looks in top shape and is hard on his way to Portugal’s second final in almost a year. Coach Fernando Santos can not have the injured wing guerreiro. Eliseu will probably occupy his position. Game maker Bernardo Silva trained the past few days, but seems to be crazy against Chile.
A suspected broken ankle picked up during the group stages means Raphael Guerreiro will miss the remainder of the tournament.
Pepe is suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards, which should see Jose Fonte return to the starting XI.
Cristiano Ronaldo was given some rest midway through their 4-0 win over New Zealand and will be well rested coming into their semi-final clash with Chile on Wednesday.
Fernando Santos has plenty of options in midfield and has already made changes throughout the competition so it remains to be seen who he will lead with.
Probable Lineup Portugal
Rui Patricio; Eliseu, Bruno Alves, Jose Fonte, Nelson Semedo; Moutinho, William Carvalho; Quaresma, Bernado Silva; Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Silva
Chili also managed to meet expectations by qualifying for group champion Germany in group B for the semi-finals. Still, La Roja is clearly not yet on steam. The South Americans won their opening match against Cameroon with 2-0, but did not come further than a 1-1 draw in the second group match against Germany. A disappointment, as the Germans traveled to Russia with a B-selection. Chile, however, had trouble with the energetic Germany and even squeezed into the hands with the draw. Also in the final group match against Australia, the team’s team coach Pizzi was released with the scare: 1-1. Australians Sainsbury helped in the second half a dot of a chance of soap and resulted in a possible early elimination of Chile.
All in all, Chile has not taken the right form yet. Especially against the young dogs of Germany and Australia, the older Chilenen had a lot of trouble. Players like Bravo, Medel, Vidal and Sanchez are the ones who have to pull the car. However, they are on age, while there are no substitutes for the time being. This Confederations Cup and the World Cup next year are the last chance of success for this generation. For superstar Alexis Sanchez, this is the time to take care of his country. The wing spell was only one of these tournaments, but he is playing a strong tournament.
Claudio Bravo was restored to the starting XI in their last match after overcoming fitness doubts and should remain in goal for as long as Chile are in the tournament.
Probable Lineup Chile
Bravo; Mena, Medel, Roco, Isla; Vidal, Diaz, Aranguiz; Sanchez, Vargas, Fuenzalida
Portugal vs Chile Head to Head [H2H]:
26.03.11 FI Portugal Chile 1 : 1
27.05.28 OG Portugal Chile 4 : 2
Chile are into the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup despite only winning one group game. Portugal, meanwhile, have won two of their three matches in the Confederations Cup and haven’t conceded a goal in their last two matches.
Portugal are favourites to progress to the final as they look to follow up their Euro 2016 success and should overcome a Chile side that have not really got going in this tournament.
Both Teams to Score.