Portugal VS Chile: Preview

The European champions go up against the South American champions in the semi-final

of the Confederations Cup on Wednesday in Kazan. The match will determine which side

will progress to the final of the tournament to face either Germany or Mexico who play

on Thursday.

The match is being dubbed as the battle between two of world’s finest attackers Cristiano

Ronaldo and Alexis Sanchez. While the former is in fine goal scoring run with 16 goals

in the last 10 games for his club and country, the latter has just returned from the injury

and is struggling to find the net.

Chile have won only one of their last five matches compared to Portugal’s four who

haven’t conceded in the last two matches. La Roja only defeated Cameroon in the group

stage and was held by both Germany and Australia to a draw. Seleccao on the other hand,

defeated both New Zealand and Russia while drew against Mexico in a four-goal fest.

Both, Portugal and Chile have been criticized for their style of play, being defensive

despite having a plethora of attacking options. To be fair to both the teams and their

managers, the playing style has enabled them to win titles.

Defender Pepe sits out the game after picking up his second yellow card of the

tournament in the big win over the Kiwis while left-back Raphael Guerreiro is struggling

with a bruised foot from the win over Russia while Chile has their whole squad available

for the match.

Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz, who has often faced Ronaldo with his club Celta Vigo in

La Liga, laid down the importance of stopping Ronaldo from scoring if Chile has to reach

the final. “We all know he’s an amazing player, he’s very dangerous and can decide a

game alone,” he said.

He has had an amazing season in Spain, he’s playing here with the same strength, which

is why Portugal are in the semi-final.

"The main thing is trying to stop him getting the ball and scoring."

Portugal are favorites to face their world champions Germany in the final of the tournament.

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