Portugal – Chile (Confederations Cup)
The european champions and the South-America champion will measure forces this Wednesday at Kazan Arena, in the city of Kazan, for the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup. The portuguese national team finished the group stage as leader of Group A without being defeated, and arrive here after trashing New Zealand by 4-0, the greatest result in the competition so far. Chile, on their turn, has been a little disappointing recently, arriving here after securing the 2nd spot in Group B and wining only one match in the competition, drawing the remaining two.
Portugal keep writing their name in the history of football, since after they have won their first European Championship, they entered with right foot in what is their first time in the Confederations Cup, qualifying to these semi-finals as leader of Group A with 7 points, result of 2 victories and 1 draw, with 7 goals scored and 2 goals conceded. The Quinas national team ended the group stage with the same 7 points than Mexico, but got the leadership with a superior goal difference. Fernando Santos’s men imposed the biggest win of the event so far in their last round, trashing New Zealand by 4-0, and became the best goalscoring team in the competition, and also the team with less goals conceded, in pair with Chile.
Portugal is, without a doubt, a very talented team and count with big names at european level, having a cohesive defensive sector, a solid midfield with players gifted of a great game vision, such as Joao Moutinho, Pizzi or Adrien Silva, and an explosive attack with a huge finalization power, with players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva and Quaresma. The Quinas national team are undefeated in their last 5 matches, with one of them being a friendly match, and kept clean sheet in 4 of those 5 matches. Besides that, Cristiano Ronaldo is, in pair with Timo Werner and Lars Stindl, the competition’s top scorer, with 2 goals scored.
In their last 5 matches, Portugal has a record of 4 victories and 1 draw. This sequence of results started with a 4-0 victory over Cyprus, friendly match. This result was followed by a 0-3 win against Latvia, a 2-2 draw against Mexico, a 1-0 win over Russia, and in their last round, a 0-4 win against New Zealand.
Probable Lineup: Patricio – Soares, Alves, Fonte and Eliseu – Danilo Pereira, Mourinho, Pizzi and Quaresma – Ronaldo and Andre Silva.
Chile, on their turn, ended the group stage as 2nd placed in Group B, result of 1 victory and 2 draws, with 4 goals scored and 2 conceded. The chileans entered in the competition with their right foot and won against Cameroon in the first round by 2-0, but fell short of expectations in the remaining two games. After beating Cameroon, Chile lost a lead against Germany and draw 1-1, and had to come from behind to get a draw with Australia.
La Roja’s squad have talented players, although most of them play in south american clubs, and there some well known names in Europe, such as the goal-keeper Claudio Bravo, the defenders Mauricio Isla and Gary Medel, the midfielders Vidal and Aranguiz, and the winger Alexis Sanchez. Chile have very brave players who never give a ball for lost, they are an organized squad defensively. However, they haven’t been on their best form lately.
In their last 5 matches, Chile has a record of 1 victory, 3 draws and 1 defeat. This sequence of results started with a 1-1 draw against Russia, friendly match. This result was followed by a 3-2 defeat against Romania, friendly match, a 0-2 win over Cameroon, a 1-1 draw against Germany, and in their last match, a 1-1 draw against Australia.
Probable Lineup: Bravo – Isla, Jara, Díaz and Beausejour – Aránguiz, Medel and Vidal – Fuenzalida, Vargas and Sánchez.
In the last 45 years there was only 1 direct confront between them, which ended in a draw.
Friendly Match 2011
Portugal are getting better game by game, while Chile have been in a disappointing form lately. Besides, if Ronaldo and company are anywhere near in decent form then they have what it takes to reach the final.