Chile book Portugal, Germany tackle Mexico

Katrina Barker
June 28, 2017

Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi will renew old acquaintances when his reigning two-times Copa America champions take on Portugal in what he expects to be a tough Confederations Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

It remains a record across the continent to this day.

One headline in English read: "Cristiano Ronaldo is a smart a**. he doesn't exist to me".

Dugout has partnered with the Football Federation of Portugal as the online publishing platform expands its portfolio of contributors to worldwide teams ahead of next year's Fifa World Cup.

Portugal drew their first game 2-2 against Mexico, although wins over Russian Federation and New Zealand saw them top Group A. Ronaldo has netted in both of their victories so far.

"He has had an fantastic season in Spain, he's playing here with the same strength, which is why Portugal are in the semi-final".

And the Manchester City man is still clearly struggling with the blow as he missed out on Monday mornings training session.

"It is hard to win the Euro, which includes numerous best teams in the world, and they have the world's best player".

"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. "It doesn't matter who we're playing", he told a news conference. “Were talking about one of the best goalkeepers in the world, with an extraordinary career, and were very happy that hes back with us.”.

"They are a very dynamic team with a lot of movement and are not an easy team to analyse".

"I think you've seen in this tournament we can compete with these teams", New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson said after his team created several scoring chances yet lost 4-0 to Portugal on Saturday. "We'll look to play as we have before to stop him".

However, they remain many people's favourites to win the tournament and they have a clean bill of health for the last four, with Pizzi confirming that Gary Medel and Claudio Bravo are both fit.

Portugal has proven they can win big games and they haven't showed any signs of slowing down leading into this game.

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