The clash between Portugal and Chile will be the first semi-finals of this year’s Confederations Cup. It will be a derby, which is already drawing enormous attention. After all, they are the champions of the two most successful football continents. South America and Europe.
Both national teams like to play tactical and slow games, and they want to impose their own pace.
There is no doubt that this will be a high-intensity match because players have the same mentality and the approach to the game. Very passionate.
Cristiano Ronaldo and the boys finished on the top of the group A with 2 victories and one draw. They are in excellent shape at the moment, as they have only one defeat and one draw in the last 10 games they played. The fact that they didn’t allow any goals and yet they scored 5 in the last two games, backs our claim. After playing 2-2 against Mexico in the first round Selecao immediately reacted and bounced back with victories mentioned above. In only 3 fixtures from the last 10, Portugal allowed didn’t keep a clean sheet.
Excellent defence, swift counter attacks and fantastic control of the tempo, are the main characteristics of Fernando Santos’ team. With, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo’s domination in the upper part of the field.
Los Rojas didn’t produce some excellent games in this tournament. They were second in the group B, despite the fact that they had a good chance to secure the first place and avoid Portugal. But a very poor performance against Australia prevented this from happening. The Chileans just didn’t have a proper solution for the energetic performance by the Aussies.
Before this encounter, we saw 2 solid performances, in games against Germany 1-1, and against Cameroon in which the South American champions won with 2-0. All 3 games, as you see, were ended with under 2.5 goals. In the last 10 games, 7 were finished with the same efficiency.
Portugal vs Chile Head to Head
Portugal and Chile met only once in history before this game. That happened back in 2011 in a friendly international, and the outcome was a draw, 1-1.
Portugal vs Chile Prediction
It will be a close game. Both teams prefer a lower tempo, with slow attacks and they wait a chance for some counter attacks. We are sure that this will also be the strategy for this clash. So the logical conclusion is under 2.5 goals.
Regarding the winner of this game, we think that the Portuguese team has more chances. They produced better performances, and looked more convincing, while Chile had some ups and downs throughout the competition. That was especially seen against Australia in the match that mattered something.