Chile gear up for tough Confed Cup semi-final against Portugal

Jessica Allison
June 28, 2017

"I thought we played well in many parts of the game; in others not so well".

Germany meet Mexico in Sochi on Thursday, a night after Portugal meet Chile in the first semi-final in Kazan.

"It's only a matter of time before we start turning these results against top, top teams around".

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Along with veteran Bruno Alves, Pepe has been key in Portugal's style which has long relied on a solid defensive set up that allows Ronaldo the freedom to thrive in the attack.

Germany are on course to meet European champions Portugal, spearheaded by Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo, who has two goals to his name in his three tournament outings thus far.

Despite speculation over his future and a tax case in Spain overshadowing the Manchester United man leading into the tournament, he has led by example for his country by scoring two goals and providing one assist.

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The 33-year-old Quaresma has also been important when Portugal doesn't have possession, vigorously marshaling the back line.

Now the path to qualifying for the World Cup in November looks no easier.

He said: "Our style of play is very demanding, the players have to put in a great effort".

"But I think the New Zealand team should have scored a goal - they deserved one".

New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, who helped Unterhaching win promotion from the German fourth division last season, kept the score down with a superb second-half display. He has been a regular with the national team for more than a decade.

Kiwi gloveman Marinovic had to watch the back of his net bulge four times in a convincing loss to Portugal at the Confederations Cup on Saturday (Sunday NZ time).

Portugal swiftly doubled their lead when Eliseu's unsafe low cross from the left was forced home by Silva, although there was brief concern for the new Manchester City signing as he landed awkwardly on his ankle.

Real Madrid came out on top in this year's quarter-final clash against Bayern, winning 6-3, with Vidal seeing red in the dying minutes of the second leg. Forward Gelson Martins, 22, is also touted as a promising star.

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