Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Ronaldo's Portugal Takes on Chile in the Battle for Final Ticket

Felix Bryan | 29 June, 2017, 02:17

One of the key areas Chile will be focusing on is to keep Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo away from the ball as much as possible.

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

Chile finished second in Group B after draws against table toppers Germany and Australia.

The current best player on the planet has been instrumental for his country, netting goals versus Russian Federation and New Zealand while also setting up Ricardo Quaresma's opening strike against Mexico.

"For me he does not exist", Vidal said.

The European champions played their last group stage match on Saturday, a breezy 4-0 win over New Zealand. "We are not thinking beyond this match". "I have a bunch of fully fit players who are ready for the battle", Pizzi said.

The two sides are evenly matched ahead of the semi-final in Kazan, but the individual contributions of Ronaldo and Sanchez will likely be telling at the final whistle.

It means Juan Antonio Pizzi's side must return to Kazan Arena to face Group A victor Portugal, a team it last met in a friendly match in 2011, which finished 1-1.

It may well be the case that Chile are the better overall unit, having played plenty of global football in high-intensity encounters recently and that experience could prove key when they take on a side who face their biggest test of the competition so far in Kazan.

"Chile are favourites. They've players of great quality playing in big clubs worldwide, but our goal is to play the final", Fernandes said.

"We are going to try to be the better side in tomorrow's semi-final".

"We all know he's an incredible player, he's very unsafe and can decide a game alone". At the current tournament, both teams scored in each of their three games.

Central defender Pepe would be sidelined after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament.

Pizzi rested some starters against Australia, but Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez and Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal played the full 90 minutes. The game kicks off at 2pm ET, 11am PT in the United States and at 7pm BST in the UK.

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