Chile out to curb Portugal's goal-king Ronaldo

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It helped the team win back-to-back Copa America tittles in 2015 and 2016, but it also exposes its defense to counterattacks, something Ronaldo and strike partner Andre Silva will be ready to pounce on.

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. "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.

Along with veteran Bruno Alves, Pepe has been key in Portugal's style which has long relied on a solid defensive set up that allows Ronaldo the freedom to thrive in the attack.

Both men were involved in the second leg too, as Los Blancos eventually emerged as 4-2 winners after extra time on the night, with Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick; Vidal was controversially given his marching orders in the game.

"We will look to exploit those tomorrow".

"I can only repeat what I've said before: we always analyse the teams we play so we've analysed Portugal as a whole".

Chile came second in the group with five points, two behind Germany and three ahead of Australia in third.

Some talented youngsters have also been important for Portugal recently, giving hope that the team can continue to succeed even after the most experienced players begin being replaced in the not-so-distant future.

Julian Draxler completes a speed drill in front of the empty stands ahead of Thursday's tie
Julian Draxler completes a speed drill in front of the empty stands ahead of Thursday's tie

Yet Pizzi does not feel that being considered favourites will have any impact on his side.

"Overall, there were some really positive signs in the game", he said.

On opposing head coach Fernando Santos, he added: "I think you all know that Santos deserves utmost respect".

"He's been a very good leader", said Can. His experience is incredible.

Portugal are now the first global side to come aboard the platform, joining club teams such as FC Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

Their opening match at these finals was preceded by a moment's silence after over 60 people were killed in the blazes in the Pedrogao Grande region.

"What happened here, I must say I was expecting it", the 65-year-old Belgian said.

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So too would chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, who declared in May there had " never been a doubt " Aguero could leave Manchester. Over the last few months, the Chile global has been linked to Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.

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