Chile feels the fatigue from its all-out play in Confed Cup

Kristopher Nichols
June 28, 2017

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.

The Copa America winners finished second in Group B after securing a 1-1 draw against Australia on Sunday, to now face Group A's first-placed Portugal in the last four of the eight-team competition.

Ronaldo is expected to start, since he held the position for the past three games and won man of the match awards for all three.

"He was in a bit of pain and we hope he will be able to recover, but like his team-mates he is strong, he wants to play", said Pizzi.

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. "We'll try to stop him and reduce the space he has to move in. try to avoid that he gets the ball and scores".

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Portugal have been quite awesome so far in the tournament having scored seven goals thus far with their poster boy Cristiano Ronaldo having scored twice. "Other teams know it, they prepare for us, they don't take the initiative, and then they capitalize on our mistakes".

"In our Dugout page fans will have the opportunity to see exclusive behind the scenes content from our teams including the best footballer in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, the best futsal player in the world, Ricardinho, and the best beach soccer player in the world, Madjer". "Obviously he is a world-class player, but nobody is afraid of him".

The Manchester City midfielder is still recovering from an ankle injury he sustained while scoring his side's second goal in its 4-0 Group A win over New Zealand. "And I'm sure it's going to be difficult.for Portugal as well".

"He's been a very good leader".

The European champions face Chile in Kazan on Wednesday looking to continue their unbeaten campaign in Russian Federation and reach a second major final in the last 12 months.

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