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

Portugal drew their first game 2-2 against Mexico, although wins over Russian Federation and New Zealand saw them top Group A. Ronaldo has netted in both of their victories so far.

Chile have taken the last four to draw with Australia on Sunday.

"I have already told my Bayern Munich team-mate Joshua Kimmich that we will meet in the final!"

Portugal saw off New Zealand 4-0 to win Group A and progress to the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 semi-finals, in front of 56,290 fans in Saint Petersburg.

"Mexico is going to be a tough game, they are a very flexible team with very good players", said Loew, who became the first head coach to achieve 100 global wins, following the Germans' 3-1 victory over Cameroon on Sunday.

Spain's Mundo Deportivo published a story with the headline "Arturo Vidal: 'Cristiano Ronaldo is a spoilt brat, he doesn't exist to me, '" which was replicated in English outlets.

"Chile are favourites. They've players of great quality playing in big clubs worldwide, but our goal is to play the final", Fernandes said.

Vidal, though, does not to have been too impressed by the four-time Ballon d'Or victor, and has hit out at his attitude ahead of their face-off.

The hostility towards the Real Madrid forward could stem back to their meeting in the quarter-finals of last season's Champions League.

Speaking to the media in Russian Federation ahead of Wednesday's match in Kazan, the 30-year-old said: "Cristiano is a smartass!"

And things won't get any easier for the South American champions when they face Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in the semifinals.

Neither had won a major trophy until 2015 - but Chile now has two Copa Americas, while Portugal became European champion past year.

Man City new boy Bernardo Silva may miss out after hurting his ankle in the act of scoring against New Zealand in the group stages.

Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, 19, didn't make it to the Confederations Cup squad but is also expected to be part of Portugal's future.

  • Rosalie Stanley