Chile gear up for tough Confed Cup semi-final against Portugal

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Denied victory by Javier Hernandez's injury-time equaliser against Mexico in the opening match, Portugal knew their destiny would probably come down to defeating Russian Federation on home soil, a task they proved more than capable of after Cristiano Ronaldo's early victor. A clever defender with a mean streak, Portugal's defence is anchored on Pepe, the Real Madrid central defender who has been at the heart of the team's back line for the past decade.

The 32-year-old converted a penalty in Saturday's 4-0 thrashing of New Zealand to claim his 75th global goal.

The great Ronaldo has scored twice in his three group matches at the Confederations Cup, continuing his run with the national team and helping Portugal advance to the semi-finals of the World Cup warm-up tournament as the Group A winners.

Despite their current winning streak, Portugal will play Chile without Raphael Guerreiro, who suffered a broken leg during the match against Russian Federation.

Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz, who has often faced Ronaldo with his club Celta Vigo, said yesterday: "We all know he (Ronaldo) is an awesome player, he's very risky and can decide a game alone". Chile have taken the last four to draw with Australia on Sunday. Both are top 5-ranked teams and New Zealand will stay around No. 95 after three defeats here.

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"Time is very important in this case and we'll decide what's best tomorrow [Wednesday]".

Ronaldo is widely seen as being one of the greatest players of all time, and this weekend became European football's top worldwide scorer in competitive games (60 goals).

Portugal swiftly doubled their lead when Eliseu's unsafe low cross from the left was forced home by Silva, although there was brief concern for the new Manchester City signing as he landed awkwardly on his ankle. Their strengths are many but, like any team, they have weaknesses.

"I think you've seen in this tournament we can compete with these teams", New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson said after his team created several scoring chances yet lost 4-0 to Portugal on Saturday.

Amitai Winehouse of the MailOnline reported burgeoning talent Bernardo Silva missed training ahead of the last-four game after picking up a knock.

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