Confederations Cup: Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal takes a dig at Cristiano Ronaldo

New Zealand v Portugal Pepe urges Selecao to be faithful to their style

New Zealand v Portugal Pepe urges Selecao to be faithful to their style

He may be a great player, but European champions Portugal are not just Cristiano Ronaldo who will lead his team against Chile in the Confederations Cup semi-finals today.

The Oceania champions were far from disgraced but have now competed in the tournament four times without winning a game and have an overall record of 11 defeats and a draw in 12 matches.

The Portugal captain will face tax evasion charges in a Madrid court next month, but has dazzled on the pitch in Russian Federation, claiming man-of-the-match awards in all three group games, netting two goals and providing an assist. "We will have to win, otherwise I think our chances will be not so high to be in Russian Federation again next year", Broos said.

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

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"We all know he's an unbelievable player, he's very unsafe and can decide a game alone", said Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz, who has often faced Ronaldo with his club Celta Vigo.

"But I think the New Zealand team should have scored a goal - they deserved one". "We're talking about one of the best goalkeepers in the world, with an extraordinary career, and we're very happy that he's back with us".

Silva trained alone at Kazan's Tsentralny Stadium on Tuesday in a bid to accelerate his recovery but Santos is unwilling to take any undue risks.

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Alexis Sanchez is Chile's top defender and has moved ahead of Marcelo Salas as the team's top goalscorer.

"I hope they can get the pitch in better condition because it's always important for the quality of the match, especially where you have teams which are technically strong and fast".

"But it's going to be hard to play against us too, we'll go toe-to-toe and try to win". "We'll look to play as we have before to stop him".

Portugal has proven they can win big games and they haven't showed any signs of slowing down leading into this game.

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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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