dglobalnews.com Emre Can: "Nobody is scared of Cristiano Ronaldo"
Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Emre Can: "Nobody is scared of Cristiano Ronaldo"

Emre Can:

The last time a Confederations Cup final did not feature a team from the continent was in 2003, when France beat Cameroon.

If fit, Aranguiz faces a busy night at the Kazan Arena trying to ensure Ronaldo has a quiet night with the Real Madrid star having won man-of-the-match awards in all three of Portugal's games so far in Russian Federation.

"We're obviously at a disadvantage", Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said.

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. It is therefore uncertain as to whether he will be fit to continue playing in the tournament. "Obviously he is a world-class player, but nobody is afraid of him". "It doesn't make any difference to us whether it's Mexico or Portugal". Now the four qualified teams move into the next round which is the semi-finals and even if they lose, they will still have a chance to play for 3 round.

Portugal's defence has been further damaged by the suspension to Pepe, with the experienced centre-back serving a one-game ban for collecting two yellow cards in the group stage.

Santos also confirmed that full-back Raphael Guerreiro has not recovered from the ankle blow he sustained in the opening draw with Mexico, meaning he will also sit out the match.

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While Chile and Germany are now top of Group B, Australia or Cameroon could yet progress to the knockout stage with an unexpected victory on Sunday.

He had found the net in every game with Portugal this season until being deprived in the Confederations Cup opener against Mexico last week, when he was still decisive by setting up Ricardo Quaresma's opening goal.

The Kiwi keeper was at close quarters with Cristiano Ronaldo for much of the contest in St Petersburg. - Chile's four goals have been scored by different players (Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas and Martin Rodriguez), with Vidal, Sanchez and Vargas also providing an assist.

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.

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