Chile waits on Aranguiz's fitness for semis

Thursday, 29 Jun, 2017

In the head to head record between these two teams Portugal vs Chile, they had played an worldwide friendly match.

Playing in Group A, the UEFA champions Portugal or often referred to as the Lusitanians, first enjoyed 2-2 draw against Mexico, then went past by hosts Russian Federation 1-0 and then creamed team New Zealand with 4-0 win.

Having announced that he would like to meet Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi today, Portugal's Luis Miguel Afonso Fernandes, better known as "Pizzi", said: "When I was young, he used to play for Barcelona and he was right on top of his game".

"They have already won the Copa America and been doing well in the Confederations Cup but I think we are ready to play a good game and achieve our goal of being in the final next Sunday. Let's hope they are able to play at the same level as we've seen until now". "We've had an excellent tournament and we want to continue our work".

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.

Santos, however, says Portugal will be just as fired-up for the challenge. Portugal's defense is yet to be tested this tournament and the Arsenal forward will make sure Alves and the center-back are on their toes throughout the clash. "Other teams know it, they prepare for us, they don't take the initiative, and then they capitalize on our mistakes".

Chile's midfielder Charles Aranguiz (left) vies with Australia's defender Aziz Behich during the 2017 Confederations Cup group B football match between Chile and Australia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 25.

There was also controversy shortly before that when Chile winger Alexis Sanchez went down in the box under a Jose Fonte tackle but the referee did not consult the Video Assistant Referees (VARs), even though contact seemed to be made.

Portugal have an ideal mix of young and potent players like Andre Gomes, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva and Raphael Guereiro led by experienced veterans like Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo. - Portugal is the only side which has not been behind at any stage in the 2017 Confederations Cup.