Guerreiro out, Silva major doubt for Portugal's semi-final clash
- Author: Michelle Webb Jun 29, 2017,
Jun 29, 2017, 2:18
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo kicks the ball during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match between New Zealand and Portugal at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 24, 2017. Portugal has improved as the tournament has progressed and they drew their opening match and followed that up with two wins.
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Vidal himself spoke out afterwards, saying that he never "said that lie", continuing on to share that he has nothing but respect for Ronaldo's accomplishments: "I couldn't say that about a colleague".
"I have already told my Bayern Munich team-mate (and Germany international) Joshua Kimmich that we will meet again in the final", the Chilean midfielder was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror on Tuesday.
"It's not easy to understand how they play because they are very dynamic so we have to pay attention to their movements".
Juan Antonio Pizzi's men will face their toughest test so far in Russian Federation against Portugal, a team the South Americans have not been able to conquer in three attempts. The last time a Confederations Cup final did not feature a team from the continent was in 2003, when France beat Cameroon. "It doesn't make any difference to us whether it's Mexico or Portugal". "Other teams know it, they prepare for us, they don't take the initiative, and then they capitalize on our mistakes". Raphael Guerreiro is also still recovering from a left ankle blow he suffered in the 1-0 win over Russian Federation.
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Irish War Cry made the lead, set some energy conserving fractions, which basically took the late-running closers out of the race. They want to be in a tactical position. "We kind of hoped that somebody else would go for it, but he had to go to Plan B".
While Portugal, led by the impressive Cristiano Ronaldo, are 6/4 (2.50) favourites to win at the Kazan Arena, the South American side have plenty of experience when it comes to getting the better of more fancied sides on the global stage.
- Portugal won its last game against a South American side, beating Argentina 1-0 in a friendly in November 2014.
"He has had an wonderful season in Spain, he's playing here with the same strength, which is why Portugal are in the semi-final".
Vidal also provided the assist for Alexis Sanchez's milestone goal versus Germany.
Expect a tight game since the teams had the joint-best defensive record during the group stage, having conceded just two goals in three games.