Chile feels the fatigue from its all-out play in Confed Cup

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He bagged a brace against Latvia on the road to Russian Federation 2018, before finding the target against Russian Federation and New Zealand at the Confederations Cup.

Ahead of their Confederations Cup semi-final clash against Portugal, Chile talisman Arturo Vidal has expressed confidence of his side going past the Euro champions to the final of the tournament holding in Russian Federation.

A hard challenge from Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill clattered Aranguiz, who had to be substituted at half-time of Sunday's 1-1 draw in Moscow.

Germany meet Mexico in Sochi on Thursday, a night after Portugal meet Chile in the first semi-final in Kazan.

Chile, who won the Copa America in both 2015 and 2016, will present Portugal with their toughest test so far in Russian Federation, although the South Americans have yet to beat Portugal in three attempts with two defeats and a draw.

It is a bit surprising to see Vidal making such an offensive comment on Ronaldo and he now has to hope that Chile does not face the wrath of the superstar footballer on the pitch tomorrow.

They go into the match-up having netted seven times in three games - drawing 2-2 with Mexico, before beating Russian Federation 1-0 and thrashing the All Whites 4-0.

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Head coach Fernando Santos opted to rest none of his forward line and it has been a long season for the likes of Ronaldo, Joao Moutinho, Andre Gomes and Bernardo Silva.

The World Cup rehearsal tournament had encouraging moments for both teams even if they did not win a game.

"This team are on the right path, they have got great character, great belief and it's a young team moving in the right direction".

Although that is undoubtedly a concern for the player himself, Portugal and Manchester City, the quality of Silva's performances over the course of the past year, many of which contributed to Monaco's Ligue 1 title-winning campaign, suggests that the former Benfica player has the potential to prosper in the English Premier League.

New Zealand skipper Chris Wood almost grabbed a lifeline for the All Whites on the hour, but his back-post effort was scrambled off the line by a combination of Rui Patricio and Bruno Alves.

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