Chile out to curb Portugal goal-king Ronaldo

Julian Draxler completes a speed drill in front of the empty stands ahead of Thursday's tie

Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, scored his 75th goal for his country in their 4-0 win over New Zealand at the ongoing Confederations Cup, to move to within nine of Ferenc Puskas, the top of the European global goalscoring chart.

Chile, who won the Copa America in both 2015 and 2016, will present Portugal with their toughest test yet in Russian Federation, but the South Americans have not beaten Portugal in three attempts, with two defeats and a draw.

"Portugal have to play as a team as well, even if they have a player like Ronaldo".

Known as one of the hardest-working squads in the world, Chile is starting to feel the wear and tear of its all-out style in the Confederations Cup.

The side started the tournament with a 2-2 draw against Mexico and then defeated Russian Federation 1-0 on matchday 2 before dismantling New Zealand 4-0 in their final group match.

"He has had an wonderful season in Spain".

Portugal players during a training session ahead of Wednesdays Confederations Cup semifinal against Chile.

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




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.

Mexico eliminated hosts Russian Federation with a 2-1 win in Kazan to join Portugal on seven points, with Santos' side to face the runners-up of Group B on Wednesday for a place in the July 2 final.

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

The 30-year-old Monaco player made his 100th worldwide appearance with Portugal in the team's win over New Zealand on Saturday.

If Ronaldo doesn't exist to Vidal then the mohawked 30-year-old must have repressed the memory in record time.

Just one friendly (26 March 2011) happened since their first official meeting in 1928 Olympics, which was won by Portugal on a 4-2 margin, and it ended a in a 1-1 stalemate. "We'll look to play as we have before to stop him".

Pizzi, a former Porto striker, also expressed his condolences for the victims of the forest fires that have devastated Portugal in the last two weeks.

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